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Chrysler Sebring Headlight Assembly

Probable Problems of a Chrysler Sebring Headlight Assembly

The importance of headlights cannot be downplayed. It is an essential tool for safety during nighttime as it aids in visibility of not just the road and cars ahead, but yours also. Some headlight assembly problems are easy to spot, and some aren't easy at all. However, the result is just the same: lower visibility. This is dangerous. Therefore, if you identify any of the problems below, act on them as soon as possible.

Malfunctioning headlights

This normally indicates bulb burnout. Whenever the bulbs have a black residue around it, that means the delicate filament inside fizzed out. Now, burnt or exploded bulbs can be a result of a bunch of reasons but along the lines of normalcy, bulbs have a limited lifespan that depends on frequency of usage and the vibration within the headlight assembly. A typical bulb made of halogen has a service life ranging from 600 to 2000 hours. If you average 12,000 to 15,000 miles a year then the bulbs need to be replaced every five to six years.

Weak illumination

Dirty lenses, misaimed headlights or fogging within the assembly, cause weak illumination. This is of course, stemming strictly from a headlight assembly problem. Other problems, electrical problems to be specific, could also be a part of weak illumination from headlights. Discoloration, especially on plastic headlight lenses, can also be a reason behind weak illumination. Plastics, once exposed lengthily to UV rays, can lose their transparency and turn translucent to almost opaque because of oxidization. Use the proper cleaning agents and procedures when dealing with these problems.

Moisture, condensation, or water in the headlights

A sealed compartment such as a headlight assembly is made the way it is because no amount of moisture and condensation should get inside it. However, through the course of time, the seals on the assembly can get weak and worn out. Such is the case for rubber seals around the headlight assembly. They get brittle and cracked, and that lets water in the assembly. Once the hot light of the bulb heats the water, it turns to vapor. The tiny vapors clouds up the beam and the usable light becomes less. Physical damage on the assembly, such as cracks and holes, could cause this mishap. Re-sealing the headlight could be a hassle but it can be done. However, once the assembly has sustained significant damage, it must be replaced immediately. Driving even without headlights could get you into hot water with the authorities.

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  • Pointers for Maintaining a Good Pair of Chrysler Sebring Headlight Assemblies 04 March 2014

    Making sure that the lights are on is a good way to maintain a headlight assembly. But that only covers one part of the many things that could go wrong with it. A holistic approach to headlight assembly maintenance is the way to go in order to prevent problems with a simple and critical car part. Don't let accidents and tragedy become a bitter pill of a first lesson before you take necessary measures such as these.

    • Check the body.
    • Once in a while, try to thoroughly inspect the whole assembly, including the seals and the bezel, for damage. The assembly is made from durable and long lasting materials. However, like all things, time will take its toll. Moreover, headlight assemblies are exposed to harsh conditions. The temperature inside the assembly, with the lights turned on, can get past the boiling point of water. At the back of the assembly is the engine, which also heats up quite high. Then the rain starts to pour and on winter, snow. The sudden changes in temperature can stress the body out. Being able to detect an oncoming problem before it occurs can definitely help you prepare for the worst.
    • Check the illumination.
    • The easiest to maintain and to diagnose in the headlight assembly are the lenses. The next are bulbs. Illumination is extremely important. To get the most light out of your bulbs, the lenses must be in crystal clear condition. At the onset of fogginess or yellowing, restore the lenses with headlight restoration kits. In addition, droppings, bugs, and grime could scratch and corrode the lenses. You can use a bug and tar remover to get rid of those. Furthermore, bulbs must be free from moisture. Try to get a small bag of desiccant in the assembly. Make sure that it doesn't come close to the bulb because it might burn up.
    • Check the aim.
    • A misaimed headlight could either distract oncoming traffic or provide less visibility to you. While checking for the brightness of the light, you might also want to see if they are properly aimed. The beam should be pointed no higher than the hood. You can do this by parking 10 to 12 feet away from a wall. Try to avoid driving over potholes at high speed as it may shake up the assembly and mess with the beam alignment and assembly position.