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Dodge Ram 3500 Van Headlights

Culprits behind Defective Dodge Ram 3500 Van Headlights

Keeping optimum road visibility for the Dodge Ram 3500 Van is made possible by equipping a set of fully functional headlights. But since these parts are constantly exposed to road dirt and debris, they may soon exhibit signs of damage over time. They may get riddled with cracks or may even burn out prematurely. If the lights are already defective, then better perform some troubleshooting. Listed below are some common problems encountered with defective headlights and the reasons behind them.

Burnt out bulb

If only one of the headlights is not working, then a replacement is probably necessary. The bulb may have exceeded its service life so it would be better to replace it. Most premature wear of headlight bulbs, in fact, are caused by the owners. See, these bulbs react to skin oil so keep in mind to wear gloves when servicing these parts. In some cases, a defective headlight is caused by corrosion in the sockets and connecting wires. Simply check the fuse or the relay. Other times, the bulbs may have just loosened. This would require some tightening in order for the bulbs to work again.

Flickering and dimming headlights

Another common occurrence with problematic lighting system is a flickering headlight. When lights flicker or dim a lot, especially when other electrical components are used, the most probable cause is a faulty electrical system. To check, simply inspect for loose wires. Wires that are out of place may interrupt power flow. In other instances, the alternator or the battery may have lost power. If this is still not the case, then examine the headlight casings if the bulbs are loose.

Cloudy and foggy headlights

Cloudy and foggy headlights are often a result of weathering. Since these lights are located in front of the vehicle, there's a greater tendency for them to get damaged by dirt and debris. When scratches or cracks develop, there is a bigger chance for moisture to creep in. Eventually, the lights will fog up and may compromise vision, especially in dim-lit areas. Luckily, this can be prevented by constantly checking for defects and by performing regular cleaning and maintenance.

  • Ways in Keeping Your Dodge Ram 3500 Van Headlights in Good Shape 27 February 2013

    Your Dodge Ran 3500 Van's headlights are built with great durability, so they can provide you optimum vision, especially during low-visibility situations or in dim-lit areas. But, like any other car part, your headlights are not safe from aging. Soon, you may find several problems and defects, which may range from cracks and scratches to foggy and cloudy headlights. If you want to avoid the mentioned headlight flaws, then you had better know how to perform basic cleaning and maintenance. Here are some tips and tricks to keep your Dodge Ram 3500 Van headlights in good shape:


    Inspect for signs of headlight damage at least once a month.


    To prevent costly repairs, you should check the headlights at least once a month for signs of damage. Among the defects you should watch out for are cracks in the housings, dirt and grime, cloudy lights, and corroded connections.


    Clean dirt and grime off of the headlights with toothpaste.


    As an alternative to the more expensive headlight cleaners, ordinary white toothpaste may be used to clean the headlights. Simply apply a dab of toothpaste on a clean cloth and begin wiping the grime on the headlights. Once the grime is removed, rinse the parts thoroughly and let them dry to avoid condensation.


    Remove hardened water spots with a solution of vinegar and lemon juice.


    When your car is driven through flooded areas or on puddles of water, there is a big chance that the water deposits will harden and turn into white and green spots. Luckily, these hardened water spots can easily be addressed with cleaning agents that should already be available at your own home. Simply prepare a solution of a tablespoon of lemon juice and a cup of vinegar. Once the solution is prepared, apply it on a clean cloth and wipe the mineral deposits. Clean the spots afterwards and rinse thoroughly before allowing some more time for the headlights to dry.


    Other cleaning tips

    Every time you service the headlights, make sure that you wear rubber gloves. This is crucial in extending the headlights' service life because skin oil may react to the bulb filaments and cause the premature wear of the parts.