Helpful Tips to Work With the Common Toyota Tundra Headlight Assembly Problems
You can have different kinds of problems on your Toyota Tundra headlight assembly. The most common are the malfunctioning and oxidized headlights. Because you're prone to experience these problems, here are tips to help you succeed in troubleshooting them:
If you notice that your headlights flicker while you're driving at night, you should check them as soon as you get home to avoid driving blindly. This flickering can be caused by a loose bulb, so you need to remove the headlight assembly and make sure that the light bulb is properly secured in the socket. If doing this doesn't fix the problem, you have to check the wiring of your headlight for any loose or grounding wires as these may interrupt the flow of electricity. To be sure, you can have a mechanic check the wiring. Remember, driving at night without working headlights is highly dangerous and is a violation of the law.
Your headlight assemblies can get heavily oxidized overtime, especially if left unmaintained. This is usually the case on plastic lenses. That's why it's very important to regularly clean your headlights inside and out to prevent them from becoming cloudy or foggy and from increasing your risk of getting into an accident. However, cleaning them isn't the only solution because you can also prevent oxidation by ensuring that the sides of the assemblies are sealed to prevent moisture from building up inside. This way, you can be sure that your headlight assemblies will be as clear as new.
Although not exactly a problem that roots from the headlight assembly, the light from it may start to appear dim once your Tundra's electrical system begins to get strained by other electrical devices. You may consider checking the bulbs for any sign of wear should the lights become dim. But you can also look at a malfunctioning alternator or a weak battery as culprits of this problem. To know which of the two is at fault, you can check the power flow on the battery using a volt meter. If it reads positively, the alternator should be replaced. Otherwise, replacing the battery should keep your headlights bright.