All of the lights on your Chrysler work together so that you can see when you are driving at night, and so that others can see your vehicle. The most important light in this system is the Chrysler headlight, which makes the road visible at night. There are many different versions of this light. The older style of the Chrysler headlight is the sealed beam unit, which is a combination of the housing, the bulb, and the reflector. When the bulb dies in this type, the entire unit must be replaced. The new version of the Chrysler headlight is similar to the sealed beam style, but the bulb is replaceable by itself. The third type is the most efficient available, as far as light usage. In order to put the light where it needs to be, the projector version of the Chrysler headlight uses an optical lens to focus the light. With less light wasted, the bulb is much brighter. When it becomes time to replace the bulb in your Chrysler headlight, you will find the correct version for most vehicles in our convenient online catalog, for a very good price. We carry the standard version, as well as long life and brighter halogen versions for most vehicles. It is very easy to install the Chrysler headlight, and the process will take less than five minutes to complete. If your lens or any other parts of the light have been damaged, we will also carry an OEM-style replacement assembly for most vehicles, at a great price compared to other retailers. To order the bulb or the entire Chrysler headlight, visit our web site to use our secure online ordering system, or place your order by phone, toll-free.
Chrysler Headlight Buyer’s Guide
- Chrysler cars are popular for their distinctive silhouette and luxurious feel. Maintaining these cars is a must for most owners. One part that will need replacement after some time is the Chrysler headlight.
- There are three basic types of headlights - halogen, the classic and usually most affordable, HID, bright and more expensive, and LED - the less far-reaching but higher field of vision alternative.
- Due to the wide range of options, the range of buying one headlight can cost anywhere from $20 to over $400.
Chrysler is one of the “Big Three” American automobile manufacturers, together with General Motors Company and Ford Motors. Despite the company’s financial crisis in 2008, Chrysler has managed to stabilize their situation. Today, it continues to produce some of the most distinctive, classy, and well-built vehicles in the market.
Because of their beautiful classical silhouettes, Chrysler car owners are keen on keeping and maintaining their vehicles, and, as with all electronics, the need to replace certain car parts is inevitable. One of the parts that would need replacement after some time is the Chrysler headlight.
What are the Different Kinds of Chrysler Headlights?
There are three basic kinds of headlights: Halogen, HID, and LED. Halogen lights are the oldest and usually most readily available. They are relatively easy on the pocket but are also more prone to overheating. In terms of brightness, these are the least bright among the three.
HID stands for High Intensity Discharge. As the name suggests, it is the brightest amongst the three types of car headlights. However, with the increase in brightness comes an increase in cost too. These bulbs also use more power and can wear well below their expected 7,000 hours of life expectancy. Also, they can take a couple of seconds to warm up to full brightness. Some drivers also complain that HIDs can be too bright — they can be blinding to see in the mirror and can cause reflective road signs to be difficult to read at night.
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. While common in household use, not a lot of car owners rely on LEDs due to the initial models being quite dim compared to even halogen. The strength of LED headlights lies in their ability to light across a wider expanse than the other two. While halogen and HID can let you see far, they are more focused lights, whereas LED naturally diffuses and gives you a wider field of vision. LEDs are the longest lasting of all three types of automotive lights, and they require no warm up time.
Common Chrysler Headlight Problems
Factory Chrysler 300 headlights have been known to have blinking issues, and some car dealers will replace these faulty headlights for free. The 2015 Chrysler 200 headlight and the same component in other year models suffer a similar issue. They have been reported to cut out without explanation, and some suffer from poor illumination. With these common headlight issues, some Chrysler owners will almost definitely need to have their headlights replaced at least once in the years of their ownership.
Difference Between OEM vs Aftermarket Parts
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) car parts are also known as “genuine” car parts because they are manufactured directly by Chrysler or any of their official partners. You can easily find these in dealerships or official Chrysler parts sellers.
Aftermarket parts, meanwhile, are made by third-party car parts manufacturers. While they are not made by the manufacturer, aftermarket parts are specially produced to match the specs of original parts and are definitely comparable with the original factory parts.
How Much Will My Headlight Replacement Cost?
With the wide range of Chrysler models and headlight types, your replacement headlight can cost anywhere from $20 to over $400. The final cost will all depend on your car’s model, as well as the type of light you choose.
- There are a lot of varieties of headlights out there. How do I make sure I am getting the right one for my Chrysler?
This is actually not that hard to do. You should remember that with each vehicle model that has been produced under Chrysler, there are a lot of varieties that spawned from the production plant. This creates the perception that it is quite hard to find the correct headlight assembly for your vehicle. The truth is, there are models that share the same frame but still have differences because they came out the following year. The solution to that is narrowing down your search to the Chrysler headlight assemblies that are specifically made for the year, model, make, and trim of your vehicle. This ensures that you get the proper fitment, harness, and bulbs for your application.
- What possible designs should I consider when picking a new set of headlights?
The headlights can actually be a tool for altering the look of your vehicle. But that all boils down to your preference and the concept you are planning to do. If you are leaning on preserving the stock factory look of a vehicle, you should consider finding the period-correct match. For models that are a little bit older, they are usually equipped with headlight assemblies that have ribbed lenses. On the other hand, newer ones have embraced the clean look of clear lenses. But for a more radical look, you can also consider options like projector and halo lights. They can give your car a little bit more character to suit your personality.
- I want my headlights to look a little bit different but close to stock. What are my options?
It won’t hurt if hold on to the principle that stock is king. With stock headlights, you might be able to preserve the factory appeal of your vehicle. However, if you are inclined on adding subtle touches on the front end of the vehicle, you might want to consider looking into assemblies with tinted lenses and smoked or chrome interior. Beyond that, you can opt for lenses that are entirely clear or ones that have a shade of amber on the corners.
- What are my options when I want my headlights to project a different kind of beam?
Different bulbs can offer different qualities and colors of light. If you are contented with keeping things the same way, the halogen bulb should be the right match for your vehicle. It emits a little bit yellowish light with enough power to illuminate the road. Then there are HIDs and LEDs. These are much stronger sources that emit a white glow. But when you decide to go for the latter two, make sure that they are properly retrofitted to point the beams correctly on the road.
- Does the Chrysler headlight assembly come with a warranty?
Depending on the brand and package that you are considering, headlight assemblies may come in with a warranty; some of them cover 6 months, others offer longer coverage. Choosing one always depends on your budget and preference.
How to Replace a Burned Out Chrysler Headlight
Your headlights are a very important part of your Chrysler. It will definitely affect your ability to see the road clearly, especially at night. Driving without properly working headlights will increase your chance to get caught in an accident and/or get pulled over by a cop. By this time, you might be wondering when to replace your headlights. If you notice that your headlights are dull and dim, it is probably a sign that you need to change your headlights already. Of course, you obviously need to replace your headlights when they become broken or cracked. If you are always driving on rough roads, you are more prone to experience these types of damage. And although your headlights are designed to withstand extreme humidity and temperature, they can still wear out over time and replacing them is the only thing you need to do.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
- Adjustable wrench
- Protective gloves
- Replacement bulb
- Clean cotton cloth
Removing the housing and the housing mounting screws
It is always recommended to check and review your owner's manual for detailed information about your vehicle, and to learn what needs to be done for the type of your vehicle. Carefully remove the housing including the housing mounting screws (if needed).
Unlocking the socket
Gently turn the socket to a quarter turn counterclockwise direction to unfasten it from the tabs. After that, you need to remove the socket and the bulb from the housing. Make sure that you are wearing your protective gloves. If your Chrysler is an old model, you need to pull the headlight forward right after removing the trim ring. And then, manually disconnect the electrical connectors.
Removing the bulb
Take out the old bulb from the socket. Make sure to get a replacement that matches your vehicle's exact technical specifications. If in case you are uncertain on which bulb to purchase, bring your old bulb to your nearest auto parts store and ask the salesperson to assist you in getting the right replacement bulb.
Unboxing the replacement bulb
Unwrap the replacement bulb carefully. Be careful in handling the new bulb, and avoid touching the surface of the bulb. Remember that the headlights are made of special quartz that might burn out prematurely when the glass comes into contact with the natural oils of your hands. That is why it is recommended to use rubber gloves for this step.
Installing the new bulb
If you are not comfortable working with your gloves, you may use a clean cotton cloth to hold the bulb and screw it into the socket. Gently insert the bulb and the socket into the housing with a quarter turn clockwise. For older Chrysler cars, you need to push the headlights lightly into the slot and carefully reconnect the wires. Push the bulb fully and screw the trim ring.
Turning the headlights on
In order to check if the headlights are working properly, you need to turn the headlights on. If the bulb doesn't work, then the bulb might be defective or there might be a wiring problem. Replace the bulb and repeat the steps.