Your Dodge Stratus headlight keeps you safe through dark roads and heavy precipitation, and you'll want to ensure that it's always in excellent working condition. Unfortunately, your headlight is bound to give in to wear and tear over time. When your light does begin to act up, here are a few symptoms to look out for and troubleshooting methods you can try in order to pinpoint exactly what's wrong with your headlight, and whether or not it needs replacing.
Pull down the fuse cover, which is usually located in the driver's side footwell, and then refer to the diagram on the fuse panel to locate the headlight fuse. Use the fuse pullers found in the panel to remove the headlight fuse. If the metal strip inside of it is blown, then there's your problem. Have your blown fuse replaced with a new one, and you're likely to get your headlight like working like a charm again.
Pop the hood and check for frayed headlight wires or stripped plastic sheathing. If any signs of wiring damage are apparent, then these could be the culprits behind your headlight problems. Have these wires replaced right away to get your headlights back to normal.
If the headlights flicker when the lights are on but the engine is off, then you may have a bad electrical connection for your headlight. Find your electrical plug and make sure it's securely connected to the headlight. In addition to that, turn on your headlights with the engine on. If the lights flicker or go from bright to dim and vice versa, then you need to check your alternator's power regulator for damage and have your ride serviced.
If all wiring, fuses, and other components seem to be in good shape, then your headlight's bulb may be the problem. Depending on the type of bulb you have, it's likely to last somewhere between 600 to 2000 hours of use. If you average 12,000 to 15,000 miles a year, then you might as well go ahead and change your bulbs because they're probably already burned out.