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Say Hello to Brighter Headlights: Ford Expedition Headlight Maintenance Tips

Do you experience difficulty when driving in dark areas? One possible reason is that your car's headlights might have become spent. Damaged or faulty headlights release little or no light beam at all, making it harder for you to see farther into the road. If you desire to extend the service lifespan of your Ford Expedition headlight, you need to be consistent in doing these tips:

  • Eliminate surface scratches when you see them.

Your vehicle's headlights are constantly exposed to road debris such as tiny rocks. These pebbles can hit onto the headlight's surface and leave it with scratches, making the headlight look unsightly. To restore the shine on your headlights, sand these scratches away with a combination of coarse and fine-grit sandpaper. Use the coarse-grit sandpaper first to remove surface imperfections like the scratches. Then, follow it up with the fine grit sandpaper to clear out any residue and reveal a smooth, shiny surface.

  • Keep the headlights clean and dirt-free.

Your SUV's cleanliness dictates how long its components can be of service to you. If you seldom clean your vehicle, various problems may arise, including a busted headlight. That is why it's paramount to keep dirt, dust, and other debris off your headlights. Remember that car parts work best when they are clean. So whenever you have time, allot some of your attention to the headlights. Wash them with soap and water, and make sure you dry them thoroughly. Plus, you can add some aftermarket polish on the headlights' surface to revive their glamorous look.

  • Remove haziness with an aftermarket polish.

You can either get a prepackaged polishing kit or buy a sandpaper and polishing compound individually. Just be sure that you pick one that's safe to use on your Ford Expedition headlight. Using a clean rag, apply the polish on the lens surface and let it dry out. Reapply as much polish as you deem required, but avoid getting the compound on the paint of nearby surfaces. With regular cleaning and polishing, your car's headlights are sure to become sturdier and last longer.

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  • Self-Diagnosis Guide for a Faulty Ford Expedition Headlight

    There are several factors that contribute to a car part's wear and tear. When it comes to the headlights, some of the major elements that lead to damage include road debris as well as harsh weather conditions and terrain. Once you detect that your Ford Expedition headlight has gone bad, it's best to replace it immediately. And to finish the replacement with ease, here is a guide you can consider:

    Tip #1: Check the car's headlight fuses.

    One of the most common reasons why a headlight doesn't work is the fuse. Look for the fuse panels in your headlight, and find the diagram showing what the fuse covers. If the plastic panel is missing or the diagram has already faded, you can use your owner's manual to identify the correct fuse connected to the headlights. When too much current passes through the headlight wirings, there's a possibility that they will melt. Busted fuses can also lead to wire breakdown. However, if you see that the headlight fuse still has an intact wire, then the fuse might not be the problem.

    Tip #2: Swap the other headlight bulb.

    If one headlight has gone bad, take out the other working bulb and put it onto the busted headlight's place. If it works with the other headlight, then you've a busted bulb that need to be replaced. You can opt to change just one bulb or both bulbs just to make sure that you won't have to perform another bulb replacement anytime soon.

    Tip #3: Measure the voltage.

    If your headlight has a dim or weak light, then it might be a battery issue. Using a voltmeter, get the amount of voltage that runs through the headlight's plug. Turn on the ignition and the headlight switch, then observe the voltmeter reading. If it shows no voltage, then either the switch or the headlight wire has become spent. You can try changing the headlight switch to verify if it is the one causing the problem. But if the headlight still doesn't work even with the new switch, then there's probably a break in the wiring, and you might need to replace it.