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.