Troubleshooting Your Dodge Stratus Headlight
Your Dodge Stratus headlight keeps you safe through dark roads and heavy precipitation, and you'll want to ensure that it's always in excellent working condition. Unfortunately, your headlight is bound to give in to wear and tear over time. When your light does begin to act up, here are a few symptoms to look out for and troubleshooting methods you can try in order to pinpoint exactly what's wrong with your headlight, and whether or not it needs replacing.
Pull down the fuse cover, which is usually located in the driver's side footwell, and then refer to the diagram on the fuse panel to locate the headlight fuse. Use the fuse pullers found in the panel to remove the headlight fuse. If the metal strip inside of it is blown, then there's your problem. Have your blown fuse replaced with a new one, and you're likely to get your headlight like working like a charm again.
Pop the hood and check for frayed headlight wires or stripped plastic sheathing. If any signs of wiring damage are apparent, then these could be the culprits behind your headlight problems. Have these wires replaced right away to get your headlights back to normal.
If the headlights flicker when the lights are on but the engine is off, then you may have a bad electrical connection for your headlight. Find your electrical plug and make sure it's securely connected to the headlight. In addition to that, turn on your headlights with the engine on. If the lights flicker or go from bright to dim and vice versa, then you need to check your alternator's power regulator for damage and have your ride serviced.
Burned out bulbs
If all wiring, fuses, and other components seem to be in good shape, then your headlight's bulb may be the problem. Depending on the type of bulb you have, it's likely to last somewhere between 600 to 2000 hours of use. If you average 12,000 to 15,000 miles a year, then you might as well go ahead and change your bulbs because they're probably already burned out.
Dodge Stratus Headlight: Maintenance Tips
A working headlight can spell the difference between a disaster and a smooth drive home. This component is designed to improve road visibility for safer driving, but can become damaged over time. When this happens, you'll have a tougher time seeing the road and avoiding mishaps. Now, while headlight wear is bound to occur, you can still prevent premature damage or, at least, prolong the inevitable. So if you want to keep your new Dodge Stratus headlight in proper working condition, then be sure to observe the maintenance tips mentioned below.
- Seal and replace a broken headlight. If your headlight is cracked, then moisture and dirt are bound to enter it and damage it. This will definitely lead to poor light projection, which you'll want to avoid at all costs. As soon as you spot a crack in the headlight, seal it with resin as a quick fix, but try to have the headlight replaced as soon as possible.
- Regularly check your headlight.On an annual basis, make sure that your headlights are angled in the right direction. Headlight misalignment can be caused by excessively rough roads or by potholes. See to it that your headlights are properly angled in order to enjoy effective headlight functionality.
- Keep it clean. As dirt, dust, and debris build up on the surface of the headlight, it will become tougher to maintain proper road vision at night. So whenever you're washing your windshield, wipe down your headlights as well. You may even purchase special headlight cleaners that offer clear and unobstructed light projection.
- Remove condensation from inside the light. If there's moisture build up in your headlight, then this could cause your headlight to become yellowish. To drain the liquid out of your light, you'll have to remove it from your vehicle and drill a small hole into its base. You'll then drain the water from it, leave it to dry, and then seal the hole back up using a type of silicone seal; do not use glue or reseal because these may crack. Then reinstall the light and you're all set.