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Dodge Ram 1500 Headlight

How to Take Care of Your Dodge Ram 1500 Headlight

As the squirrel crosses the road, he takes his time to admire the breeze and the calmness of his surroundings. All that is shining is the full moon peeking into the lush forest. The squirrel takes a deep breath and stood in the middle of the tranquil night. But before he knew it, there's much rumbling and the seemingly light from heaven manifests. It becomes brighter and brighter. Then the squirrel came to his senses. It's not the creator but a mighty Dodge Ram. Luckily, he was able to run away from the war path. In order to keep your Dodge Ram 1500 headlight illuminating the road like that always, you should know how to take care of it. Here are some tips to keep your headlight in an optimal working condition.

  • Wash and scrub the dirt off your headlights regularly.

As you perform a car wash on your truck, always include your headlights. You first rinse it with a steady stream of clean water to remove loose dirt right away. You then proceed with scrubbing remaining dirt and grime using a sponge soaked in a car shampoo mixture. Scrub gently as necessary. We have to emphasize on gentleness. You are cleaning clear plastic and the last thing you want to do is put scratches on it. Accumulated scratches will make the projected light hazy therefore rendering your headlight ineffective.

  • Use a brush to reach dirt on the crevices.

If there are stubborn dirt in crevices, use a brush and gently loosen the dirt. Like what you did with the sponge, you soak the brush in the car shampoo mixture before proceeding with the rubbing. The soft bristles of the brush should reach the tight corners of the contour of the headlight.

  • Polish the headlight surface.

Over time, particles encountered on your drives will scratch your headlight until it becomes blurry. When this happens, you will have to polish your headlight surface. You will have to clean your headlight first before proceeding with the polishing phase. Once done with it, apply the headlight polishing solution to the surface. Wipe off the excess and the clear plastic should have a refreshed condition.

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  • Troubleshooting Your Dodge Ram 1500 Headlight

    With a big burly American pick-up truck, you really have to have bright lights to illuminate your path from afar. There is no use for that big V8 diesel engine loaded with lots of torque and horsepower, big bed, and towing capability if you can't operate that truck in the night. You limit your truck's potential to fully maximize its capabilities all throughout the day. Having this in mind, we lay out some tips on how to troubleshoot your Dodge Ram 1500 headlight. Read along.

    Observe if the headlights are hazy when emitting light.

    When it's brand new, your bulbs project light through a layer of clear plastic that comprises about half of the headlight assembly. However, as time and use continues, dust and particles scratch the surface. If this phenomenon persists, then you will notice the development of hazy headlight lens. This can be solved by washing and polishing your headlight.

    Check if your bulb has burned out.

    The bulbs on your headlights are not perpetually capable of emitting light for your truck. Your headlight bulbs will inevitably burn out and need replacement. This can happen any time over prolonged use, so it is best to check the bulb for weak illumination. What you would want to do is to get a replacement bulb with the correct specifications matched to the burnt one. Getting the wrong bulb will give you any of the following: illumination that is weak or too bright, different light color, or a bulb that does not fit.

    Avoid touching the glass of the new bulb with your bare hands.

    Always remember to hold the new bulb from its base. If you must hold the glass part of the bulb, do so with a cloth. You would want to avoid the oil from your hand to transfer to the bulb. It can have some chemical reactions that lead to a premature burn out.

    Check the wiring for proper connection.

    There will be cases that dysfunctional headlights are caused by faulty wiring. You should take note that during the re-installation of headlight assemblies or continuous use of the truck, the wiring connections can come off loose from their attachments.