Consumer Alert: What to Look for When Buying a Headlight Molding
When buying a replacement headlight molding, you have to consider two things: dsign and functionality. That's because a headlight molding works in two ways: one, it protects the fragile parts of the headlight assembly; two, it defines and emphasizes the shape of the car's headlight for a more elegant look. Finding a headlight molding that does all the aforementioned benefits is very easy. Just read the following tips first before heading to your local car parts store.
Shape and form
Take a look at your car's headlights and notice their size and shape. Then try to observe your neighbor's headlights. You see that the headlights on these two cars differ in shape, size, and style. Therefore, you can't use just any other headlight molding. You should get the one that fits every curve and corner of your car's headlight assembly. To know which one to pick, check the original part and find a replacement that is similar to it. However, it doesn't necessarily mean that you should purchase only original components directly from your car's maker. An aftermarket molding can be one of your options. Just make sure that this headlight molding is compatible with your vehicle type and model. Always check the store's catalogue to know if you can use a certain molding in your headlights.
Design and style
Design in headlight moldings is not so special since most of them are just plain metal frames. However, some moldings have really nice metal finish and color. You can select whichever color you think looks great in your car. If you think that a shiny and silvery molding looks great in your car, you might want to buy the one that's made of chrome-plated metal. It complements a black or silver car perfectly. There's also a molding with black finish, which goes really well with a red car. If you prefer to match the molding's color with your car's paint, you can get a primered headlight molding; it is ready to install and ready to paint with any color of your choice.
Quality and durability
A headlight molding must be strong enough to bear all the heavy impacts and vibrations that often occur around the car's bumper. It should be made from robust and prime types of metals to be able to protect the sensitive components of the headlights. For heavy-duty headlight moldings, choose stainless steel, aluminum or high-class polymer headlight moldings. These metals are proven to be strong and rigid. These metals are also 100% corrosion resistan. They can remain intact for a long time despite the harsh weather conditions.
Do it Yourself: Installing a New Headlight Molding
Do-it-yourself car replacement projects are exciting and fun. They give you a sense of fulfillment whenever you succeed in solving a particular car issue. By doing occasional car repairs, you are able to enhance your expertise and knowledge in the automobile field. If you want to learn and experience something new, try installing a new headlight molding in your Chrysler Concorde. It is very easy and doable even for a beginner. Prep yourself up and get started.
Difficulty level: Easy
- Flat tip and phillips screwdriver
- Clean rag
- Replacement headlight molding
Step 1: Make sure that the headlights in your Chrysler Concorde are not hot. After using the headlights, leave it for a few minutes and let the bulbs cool down.
Step 2: Open the car's hood and disconnect the negative terminal from the battery. This step is very important, especially when you're fixing any part that has electrical connections. This prevents injuries from electric shocks.
Step 3: Start working either on the passenger or driver side. Remove the old and broken headlight molding by loosening the small screws that hold it in place. Use the right screwdriver size to unfasten these bolts.
Step 4: Put the new headlight molding around the headlamp. See to it that the edges are fitted properly before tightening the screws.
Step 5: Repeat the same procedure to the other headlight.
Step 6: After installing the new headlight moldings, get a clean rag and wipe off finger prints or markings on the headlamps.
Step 7: Reconnect the negative line to the car battery. Start the car and turn the headlights on. Inspect the headlights to see if there's any problem.
Enjoy the new headlight moldings in your Chrysler Concorde! For sure, your car repair skills just got one notch higher.