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Chevrolet Malibu Headlight

Important Care and Maintenance Tips for Chevrolet Malibu Headlight

Many Chevrolet Malibu owners tend to put off the maintenance of their car's headlights, but this can actually be dangerous in the long run. Headlights require constant maintenance to slow down wear and avoid damage due to the elements, for when they break down it would make it dangerous to drive your vehicle at night.

Maintaining the Chevrolet Malibu headlight is not that difficult, so there's really no good excuse for you not to do it. And to give you a head start, here are some essential maintenance care and maintenance tips for you to learn:

  • Restore faded and scratched headlights.

Most Chevrolet Malibu headlights are made of polycarbonate plastic that, although durable, can get foggy and scratched up over time because of exposure to the elements. And if left unattended, scratched headlights can lead to serious problems including a diffused beam to serious cracks on the lens.

There are many ways to restore faded and scratched headlights. Minor superficial damage, for instance, can usually be fixed by scrubbing the lens surface with toothpaste followed by a polishing compound. But for seriously deteriorated headlights, a headlight restoration kit might be a better choice.

  • Check the headlight beam alignment and adjust if necessary.

While mechanics usually recommend realigning the headlights each time you replace your headlight bulb, we also recommend checking its alignment whenever the car carries a lot of weight. This is because the extra weight pushes down on the rear enough for it to cause the front end to tilt.

To check for and realign the headlight, park your car on a level surface and shine the headlights on a convenient fixed point in the ground. Ideally, once measured the headlight beam should be within 1/2 inches off the floor. If the beam is higher than that, use the adjuster on the headlight to center the beam.

  • Always replace the bulbs in pairs.

Inevitably, the bulbs in your headlights will burn out in time and will require replacement. And once one of the headlight bulbs in your car do conk out, we recommend replacing both headlight bulbs. This is because the filament of headlight bulbs dims over time, and when the still-functioning bulb is used in tandem with a brand new bulb there would be a huge difference in the intensity of the beam. This same principle also applies to the other automotive lights found in your vehicle, so once any of the lights go out, be prepared to purchase a set rather than an individual unit.

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  • Handy Installation Tips for Chevrolet Malibu Headlight

    Installing a new headlight in the Chevrolet Malibu may seem daunting, but it is actually fairly easy to do provided that you follow the instructions. In this guide, we've listed down some helpful tips you can use to install Chevrolet Malibu headlight:

    Tip #1: Disconnect the wiring.

    It's easy to forget that the headlight is an electric device, and you can get quite a shock if you touch the headlight assembly with it still connected to the battery. So before you do anything, be sure to switch off the engine and disconnect the battery cables from the terminals. We also recommend using insulated gloves and pliers when detaching the headlight wires and other electrical components.

    Tip #2: Remove all the necessary components.

    Knowing which parts of your Malibu's front end will be removed depends on whether you aim to replace just the headlight bulb or the entire assembly. If it's a simple case of bulb replacement, all you need to do is to press and pull out the fastener in the bulb holder, remove the rubber seal, and extract the defective bulb. But if it's the headlight assembly that you want to replace, you will need to remove the panels on the front of the engine bay, the wheel well, and the bumper in order to access and remove the headlight housing.

    Tip #3: Invest in some good tools.

    Replacing the entire headlight involves removing a fairly large number of screws and plastic fasteners, so it's best to have a cordless screwdriver and a fastener removal tool to make the process easier and less harsh on your hands. If you have access to a hydraulic lift, we recommend taking advantage of it as well as it will be more convenient for you to remove and install the headlights and body panels at eye level.

    Tip #4: Keep an extra pair of headlight bulbs and fuses on hand.

    Halogen headlight bulbs and fuses are particularly finicky and tend to short out quite easily during installation, so it's better to have several on hand. Even if the installation goes right the first time, you can keep the spare bulbs and fuses in the glove compartment for emergencies.