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.