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Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Tail Light

Maintenance Tips for Your Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Tail Light

There's a good reason why cops will pull your Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD over for a busted tail light. A broken tail light severely reduces your truck's visibility at night, which puts you and other drivers at risk. Which is why, aside from being very careful when backing out of the driveway, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD tail lights should be inspected and maintained regularly to ensure a good running condition.

In this guide, we'll share some simple, practical tips on how to maintain the tail lights in your Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD:

  • Keep the lens clear with toothpaste.

One little-known trick to restore the clarity of faded tail light lenses is to brush them with toothpaste. This is because toothpaste contains light abrasive chemicals that can gently scrub the oxidized surface of a tail light. For severely faded tail lights, however, a professional headlight restoration kit is recommended.

  • Don't use WD-40 or similar oil-based chemicals.

While WD-40 is highly effective in getting bug splotches, tar, and other hard to remove stains out of surfaces, they are not advisable to use in clear plastic or glass such as in tail lights. The oil found in WD-40 can leave an unsightly film on the surface which can also be hard to remove.

  • Don't touch the bulb.

When replacing or handling the bulb, make sure not to touch the bulb directly with your hands. The glass bulb is highly sensitive to touch, which may cause it to break once it heats up. Handle the bulb by the socket or with a clean, soft cloth.

  • Keep the tail lights dry.

The tail lights of the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD are water-resistant, but they do not keep moisture out completely. If left in the rain or in extremely humid conditions, condensation will form on the inside of the tail light housing, resulting in droplets on the lens or even accumulate into a pool at the bottom of the tail light assembly. If not removed, this moisture will accelerate corrosion on the metal parts of the tail light or even cause the bulb to short out.

Once you notice moisture inside the tail light, take out the tail light housing and wipe it dry immediately. And if you have the time, we also recommend drilling a small hole at the bottom of the tail light for any trapped moisture to drain out in the future.

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  • Tips on How to Install Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Tail Light

    Replacing the broken tail lights in your Chevrolet Silverado 2500 is not something you should think twice in, unless of course you want to get pulled over for a ticket. Thankfully, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD tail light is one of a handful of components that you can install on your own. Repairing and replacing tail lights, including their bulbs and other individual parts, require tools that can be found in most garages and don’t take much time to accomplish.

    Installing a new tail light for your Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD by yourself will save you time and money than bringing it to a mechanic, but keep in mind that it should be done properly in order for the tail lights to function. The following are some helpful tips you can use when fitting a new pair of tail lights in your truck:

    Tip #1: Make sure all the necessary hardware is on hand.

    The tail light of the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD is secured through a series of screws and fasteners, so make sure all of the hardware is present before installation. You should also check the electrical connections if they are compatible with your replacement tail lights and whether they are in good condition.

    Tip #2: Don’t touch the replacement bulb with your bare hands.

    Standard tail lights have a glass bulb that it is so sensitive and reacts with the oils excreted from the skin, which can cause it to burn out once the bulb heats up. To prevent this, hold the bulb by its socket or, if handling the bulb itself is unavoidable, use a clean cloth.

    Tip #3: Check the socket.

    When installing a new bulb, make sure that the socket is clean and free from dirt and rust. If there is anything present inside the socket, clean it out first with a soft brush or paper towel. Make sure that the engine is off before doing this to avoid electric shock.

    Tip #4: Make sure to buy more than one bulb per tail light.

    As we have mentioned earlier, tail light bulbs are rather fragile and can easily get damaged even during the installation. Because of this, it is advised to have several bulbs on hand as backup in case one gets busted when fitting in or trying out your new tail light.