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Mercedes Benz G500 Fog Light Kit

What's Off Beam With Your Mercedes Benz G500 Fog Lights?

Fog lights come in as an important part of the vehicle whenever conventional automotive lighting just wouldn't cut it. In some cars, fog lights come in as a supplementary accessory. However, more and more vehicles are being made with the fog lights as standard issue. Nevertheless, fog lights can give you a big boost with visibility. And sometimes, that could be the difference between life and death. In addition, fog lights experience the same kind of problems headlights and taillights have. Therefore, their problems are easy to identify and relatively simple and straightforward to fix. Here are just some of the bad conditions your Mercedes Benz G500 fog lights might be in.

Moisture accumulation

Fog lights are sealed extremely tight, so that the bulbs would be protected in critical situations. Even the slightest variation of temperature inside the fog light could spell the difference between a working or busted bulb. Hence, any sign of moisture such as water droplets is not going to be good for you. Aside from the accumulation hurting your bulbs, it could also deeply mar their illumination. The heat generated inside the fog light might get hot enough to boil the droplets and turn it into vapor. Afterwards, the vapor will cloud up the beam. Therefore, less light will exit the lamp. As the vapor envelopes the bulb, the sudden changes in the temperature on its surface may cause it to explode.

Bulb doesn't work

If you happen to have two or more fog lights and only one, you might have a classic case of the blown bulb blues. This normally happens whenever the filament of the bulb gets burned off by the sudden influx of oxygen. Oxygen can get its way inside the bulb through cracks. If the bulb has already reached the end of its service, this could also occur. A fog light typically employs a high-powered halogen bulb that has a service life ranging from 600 to 2000 hours. Additionally, any hindrance with the flow of electricity by means of worn out wires, switches, electric overload, and fuses can also stop the operation of the fog light.

Dirty lenses

Fog lights have lenses that intensify the light into a straight and concentrated beam so that maximum illumination could be harnessed in a single direction. However, these lenses can get troubles from time to time. Dirty and oxidized lenses can make the usable light become unusable. Discoloration on plastic lenses makes for less transparency. On the other hand, glass lenses doesn't seem to encounter this problem. However, they might be slightly more prone to damage and are more expensive. When plastics are exposed to UV rays, they can lose their transparency and turn translucent to almost opaque because of oxidization. Once this happens, use lens restoration products and procedures when to deal with this specific problem.

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  • Maintaining the Brightness of Your Mercedes Benz G500 Fog Lights 27 February 2013

    The maintenance of your Mercedes Benz G500 fog lights need not be complicated. As a matter of fact, it's very easy once you get the hang of it. It is because of the simple and no-nonsense set-up of the fog lights. Since it only has a few moving parts, troubleshooting defective parts can easily be done and replaced. Here are some of the things you can do for fog light maintenance.


    Check the brightness.


    The illumination the fog light brings is its most important function. There are two things that are to be maintained frequently so that there will no speed bumps for this important function: lenses and bulbs. These two directly influences the lamp's brightness. If there are any problems with these, it will automatically be reflected through the strength of the brightness. For lens problems, a simple clean up with a non-abrasive cleaner or restoration agent will almost definitely do the job, unless there's a significant physical deformation. That will require immediate replacement. If the problem is with the bulb then it must be because of an electrical or part issue. In this case, the battery might be weak or the alternator might be failing. On the other hand, a change in the bulb might be necessary.


    Beam direction is important.


    Having the fog light beam correctly positioned could be a difference maker. An improperly aimed fog light could lessen visibility and distract oncoming traffic, putting you and others at risk. While monitoring the brightness of your fog lights, you can calibrate the beam position at the same time. Do this while the car is parked 10 to 12 feet away from a wall. Furthermore, don't run over deep potholes because the shock might misalign the beam alignment.


    Inspect the body.


    Inspection for physical defects within the fog lights can do wonders. Small nicks, scratches, and cracks can really do harm to your fog light, mainly the bulb. Therefore, a keen inspection of the fog lights is essential in its basic maintenance. Since the fog lights are positioned closer to the road than the headlamps, there is a greater chance for it to come in contact with dirt, debris, and flying rocks. These can definitely be a factor in the decline of the fog light. Some of damage can be easily repaired by cleaning, while others constitute total replacement.