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Saab 3 SEP Headlight Assembly

Common Problems Your Saab 9-3 Headlight Assembly Will Encounter

Your Saab 9-3 headlight assembly is built to withstand the everyday wear and tear of driving. But overtime, it can get faulty and suffer from the common problems like flickering and dimming headlights or heavily oxidized assemblies. Should you experience these problems, here are ways to help you in doing some troubleshooting:

Flickering headlights

You may sometimes notice that your headlight assembly flickers on and off while you're driving at night. Keep in mind that a flickering headlight assembly can be dangerous, especially if you're driving on unfamiliar roads. To avoid getting into any trouble because of this, you will need to remove your headlight assembly and check whether the light bulb is loose or busted. Otherwise, you have to inspect for any disconnected wiring that may be the cause of your headlight problem. Also, make sure to cover any exposed wiring with electrical tape to prevent any wire from interrupting the electrical flow. If you follow these simple steps, you can fix your flickering headlight assembly and make your ride less accident prone.

Dimming headlights

Dimming headlights usually happen at night when you strain your car's electrical system. This means that your headlight assembly doesn't shine as much as they do while your radio, power window, and other electronic devices are running in the background. Normally, this is caused by either a faulty alternator or a weak battery. To effectively fix this problem, you need to diagnose the power flow on your battery or alternator using a voltmeter. If you find that either of two is already worn out, replace it immediately.

Cloudy and dull headlights

Your car headlight assemblies can get yellow, cloudy, and dull over time, giving you low visibility at night. This happens when moisture gets trapped inside your assemblies and form oxidation buildup that slowly blocks the lights the bulbs emit. When your headlight assemblies are heavily oxidized, chances are you will have a difficult time seeing what's ahead. To get rid of this, you must take out your headlight assemblies to remove the water inside. You can clean your assemblies using headlight cleaner, but if the oxidation is already severe, you can choose to replace them instead.

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  • Helpful Tips to Keep Your Saab 9-3 Headlight Assembly Shiny and Clean

    Ever wondered how to keep your Saab 9-3 headlight assembly looking as good as new? Well, here are some cleaning tips to help you achieve that look:

    • Mask off the edges
    • It's always better to be careful even when cleaning your headlight assemblies. After all, you wouldn't like it if your headlights look new but the paint around them are chipped. That's why it's important to mask the edges of your headlight assemblies with easy-to-peel, low-tack painter's masking tape before starting to polish and scrub. Also, make sure to cover all areas that you don't want to risk getting ruined, especially the chrome trims. Keep in mind that some polishing compound can be too strong.
    • Spray the assemblies
    • You can use a glass-cleaning solution to clean your headlight assemblies. Just spray it on the surface and let it sit there for a few minutes depending on the instructions at the back of the bottle. Just remember to use a non-abrasive towel in wiping off the cleaning solution.
    • Use toothpaste
    • You can use normal or whitening toothpaste in cleaning your assemblies. Just squeeze it on a paper towel and gently scrub the lens.
    • Polish the lens
    • You can buy a polishing compound from any car store and choose from the range of products available. What's important is that it should get the job done. So if you already have the polish, smear some on a non-abrasive cloth and apply it on the lens. Begin polishing your headlight assembly in a circular motion for about 10 minutes before working on the other headlight. Keep in mind that some of the polishing compound will be absorbed by the cloth. You can use an orbital polisher with a terry-cloth pad to make polishing much easier for you. Just make sure to avoid nearby paint.
    • Sand the surface
    • If you're going to use sandpaper, you must first soak it in cold water for 10 minutes. You're advised to use a 1000-grit sandpaper to lightly sand the lens in a left-to-right direction. Take time in sanding, make sure the surface is wet from time to time, and avoid the paint and trims. You can repeat this procedure with higher grit sandpapers up to 3000-grit until you're satisfied with the state of your headlight assemblies.