Nissan Altima Headlight
Important Tips on Nissan Altima Headlight Care and Maintenance
Most drivers often take the headlights for granted, but what happens when they break down? And even if your headlight assembly is in working condition, are you sure that it is working at its best? Since the headlights are your ride's most important lighting components, is important that the headlights are well-maintained. In this guide, we'll share with you some tips on how to take care of the Nissan Altima headlight.
- Clear up faded headlight lenses with toothpaste.
Headlight lenses tend to deteriorate as time passes due to exposure to UV rays, resulting in a cloudy appearance that can hinder the effectiveness of the headlight beam. Good thing, clearing a cloudy headlight can be as easy as scrubbing it with toothpaste. Apply the toothpaste on a clean piece of cloth and rub the cloth on the headlight lens in a circular motion. The mildly abrasive qualities of the toothpaste should scrape off the damaged surface of the headlight and reveal the cleaner layer. However, if the headlight still appears faded, you will need to use a headlight restoration kit. You can usually find these kits in hardware and auto parts stores as well as in online retailers.
- Do not touch the headlight bulb with your bare hands.
When inspecting the headlight bulb, make sure to touch only the socket and not the bulb itself. The glass housing of the headlight bulb is so thin that oils excreted from your fingertips can damage it. If you do accidentally touch the bulb, wipe the bulb with a cloth soaked in rubbing alcohol and let it dry.
- Test for brightness regularly.
Halogen bulbs also gradually wear over time, although this may not be evident at first glance. If you suspect that your Altima's headlights are starting to dim, park your car five feet from a wall or a garage door and turn the headlights on. The beam of light should be a clear bright white color. If it has a yellow or amber color, the headlights may need replacing soon. Also, take note if the headlights are dim but start to brighten when you step on the gas; this is a likely indicator that the alternator is malfunctioning or a slipping drive belt.