Tips on How to Keep a Honda Headlight Bulb in Top Condition
The headlight or headlamp allows you to see what's ahead of your vehicle at night, during inclement weather, in the middle of a fog, or during low-light conditions. Throughout the years, headlight technology has steadily improved, but that doesn't mean they're immune to breakdowns. Thankfully, there are now lots of ways to help you maintain the integrity of your headlamps to prolong their operation life and to prevent premature breakdowns. Here are some tips on how to maintain the good working condition of your Honda headlight:
- Regularly inspect your headlight bulbs.
Check your headlights to see if they're working properly or if the light produced by your lamps and bulbs are bright enough (but not too bright; there are state and national laws against that). Inspect them regularly so you won't have to replace fuses, wiring, and bulbs more often than required. It always pays to be ready. Turn on your headlights and walk around the front of your Honda to see if both lamps are working. Also, check the alignment of the headlights. There are times when headlights get crooked or the beams only focus on one side of the car like a spotlight, leaving a blind spot of sorts on the other side in the darkness.
- Properly align your headlight bulbs.
Speaking of alignment, a qualified mechanic should realign your headlights properly whenever they end up crooked or if you're replacing headlight housings. There are some models of Honda wherein the headlight housings come complete with bubble levels, which enable one to easily adjust the headlight vertically. Located next to those levels is an adjustment screw that should be turned until the bubble remains between two lines. When you or a mechanic is aligning your headlights, it should be done with the car parked on level ground. This will make the vertical alignment adjustment of your headlamps easier and more accurate.
- Keep the headlight lenses clean.
Headlight lenses should be kept clean as well because the accumulation of dirt and debris can make your lead lenses turn yellow with age, thus lessening the quality and brightness of the light coming out of the lamp. When cleaning your headlight lens, mask the area around it with tape to avoid scratches. Use car soap to remove dirt. Dry the surface with microfiber cloth and look for signs of cracks, yellowing, or hazing. This will also help you determine if you require auto detailing services or not. To get rid of shallow damage, wet the surface, and sand the lens in one direction with 1,000-grit sandpaper. Wipe the residue off with microfiber cloth or a shop rag then seal the lens with a wax sealer.
- Drive carefully to avoid damaging your headlights.
Cracked headlight lenses require repair using liquid repair solutions and repair patches that seal the crack away to keep it from widening large enough to let moisture through. In turn, damaged or smashed headlight housings could drain at least $25 up to $150 (or more) from your pocket. If the damage is extensive, you might have to pay for parking lights and turn signals included in the assembly. To avoid the headache of paying for replacements or buying repair kits for your headlights, you should be more careful when you're driving. Pay attention to where you're going and drive defensively.