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Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Headlight

Tips on Maintaining Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Headlight

Imagine driving your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 on a moonless night without headlights. Isn't it a scary thought? This is why it is important for the headlights to be maintained regularly. A headlight that is not properly cared for will not perform at an optimum level and is likely to fail at any time, which in turn would compromise your safety particularly when driving under low-visibility conditions.

Here are some maintenance pointers to think about regarding Chevrolet Silverado 1500 headlights.

  • Check the lenses.

The lenses of the headlight assembly are the most exposed to the elements, so it's not a surprise that they are often the first components to wear out. Check the lens for a foggy or yellowish tint; UV rays react to the lens plastic, causing them to become cloudy and yellow over time. Headlight restoration kits will usually clear up aged headlight lenses, although the severe cases of deterioration will require replacement of the headlight lens and housing.

  • Brush away with toothpaste.

One simple way to keep fogginess and yellowing of the headlight at bay is by scrubbing it regularly with toothpaste. Toothpaste contains chemicals similar to that found in headlight restoration products, although a bit milder. Apply the toothpaste with an old towel or rag and scrub in a circular motion to reduce the likelihood of scratches, and rinse well with water.

  • Keep it dry.

Standard headlights are not completely watertight; over time, moisture will start to seep in and either accumulates at the bottom of the housing or condensed as droplets on the lens. And if not removed promptly, this can cause the metal parts of the headlight assembly to corrode and for the electrical connections to short out. So if you notice condensation or pools of water inside your truck's headlight, be sure to take out and dry the headlight immediately.

  • Replace in pairs.

If worse comes to worst and you will have to replace your Silverado's headlights, it is recommended to replace both units even if only one is faulty. Headlights tend to dim over time, and replacing only one headlight will result in an uneven beam. The same principle also applies with the other lights in your car including the tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals.

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  • Pointers When Installing Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Headlight

    Whether it’s a direct OEM replacement or a high-end aftermarket one, installing a new headlight on a Chevy Silverado 1500 should be done with care and precision. Installing the headlight improperly may lead to faulty performance or even no function from the headlight at all.

    Most professional mechanics today are capable of installing headlights and their components on all Chevrolet Silverado 1500 models; although you can also do it yourself provided you have the skills and the know-how. And should you do it yourself, here are some tips to consider when installing a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 headlight.

    Tip #1: Have your tools ready.

    There are no specific tools needed to remove and install the headlight bulbs in the Silverado, although having a flat screwdriver on hand will help you pry off the fasteners in the headlight housing a much easier affair. Also, you may need to remove the air box in order to access the headlight, so get a Torx screwdriver ready as well.

    Tip #2: Take out the air box first.

    In order to remove the headlight, some Silverado models will require you to remove the engine air box as well. The air box is bolted on with Torx-25 screws, so make sure to use the appropriate bit for your screwdriver. Take out the air filter element first, followed by the lower half of the air box by carefully pulling upwards until it pops out. Take note that the box is typically secured by several plastic pegs that act as friction fasteners.

    Tip #3: Make sure to use the correct type of headlight bulbs for your truck.

    For the Silverado, the low beam should have the part number # H11 while the high beam is either # 9005 or HB3.

    Tip #4: Do not touch the bulb with your bare hands.

    The glass case of headlight bulbs is extremely sensitive, and oils from your fingertips react with the glass and cause it to break. If you do accidentally hold the bulb, wipe it clean with a paper towel moistened with alcohol.

    Tip #5: Make sure that the bulbs are in the locked position.

    Once the bulbs are inserted onto the housing, make sure that they are locked in place. Rotate the bulbs 1/4 turn counterclockwise; if the wires are facing to the left at a straight angle, the socket is secured.