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How to Change a Headlight Bulb on a Chevy Silverado

Chevy Silverado HeadlightBulbs in car headlights grow dimmer by at least 21% over time. It is for this reason that they eventually burn out. Sometimes, only one out of the two headlights burns out. During replacement, it is important to replace both the headlights so as to make sure that your truck headlights have the same intensity. Changing both lights will also make sure that the new headlight does not appear brighter than the other one.

Precautions to Take When Changing Headlights

Make sure that you use certified Chevy Silverado parts when replacing the bulbs. This will make sure that you avoid compromising pre-engineered system performances, manufacturer’s warranty, and reliability of your car. It is also against federal law to use non-complying parts in servicing. Look into the Chevrolet website or visit a certified dealer to make sure your new headlights are certified and are the best match for your vehicle model.

  • If the bulb is a halogen bulb, be careful not to scratch or drop it. This may result in an explosion. Broken pieces of glass also pose potential injuries.
  • Make sure you turn off the lamp before replacing the bulb. This will allow the bulb to cool down so that it does not burn you when you touch it.
  • When changing headlights, it is recommended not to touch the glass part of the bulb with your bare hands. Oil from fingertips will make the touched part of the bulb hotter than the rest of the bulb. This will shorten its life span.

Steps in Changing the Headlights

Make sure you have a 10mm socket, pliers, and a flatbed screwdriver before you start.

1. Removing the old bulb

2. Make sure that your car is parked on a level ground making sure that all tires are inflated to full pressure. The area where you will be servicing your car should be clean and well lit.

3. Set your emergency brake on. For safety purposes, make sure that both the headlights and the key are off.

4. Pull the handle with the “open hood” symbol on it. The handle is located on the left side of the brake pedal inside the vehicle.

5. Locate the secondary hood release by inserting your hand in the gap between the center of the grill and the hood. Push the secondary hood release to the right and lift the hood.

6. Use a flathead screwdriver to remove retaining clips that secure the radiator cover to your car. Insert the edge of the screwdriver into the middle of the clip and tilt the screwdriver downwards. Do the same for the remaining seven clips. Set aside the panel after removing the clips.

7. Remove the four 10mm bolts that are found right under the shroud cover.

8. Use a pair of pliers to remove the four clips behind the grill. Push the clips together and then pull the grill free after making sure that all four clips are free.

9. Remove the two 10mm bolts behind the headlights.

10. Pull the center panel located on the wheel well. Locate the 10 mm bolt securing the headlight.

11. With all three bolts out, slowly pull and twist the headlight out. As you pull out the light, make sure you detach the headlight from the wiring harness by squeezing the top of the connector. Pull gently so as not to damage the harness.

12. Remove the bulbs by turning them counterclockwise and slowly pulling out. Disconnect and safely dispose of the old bulb.

 

2016 Chevrolet Silverado

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Headlight Condensation on a Kia: How to Fix

Headlight Condensation on a Kia Vehicle

Fixing Headlight Condensation on Your Kia Vehicle

If you hardly drive at night, then you may not realize that your headlights are foggy. In this world of uncertainties, you may never know when an emergency would come up. It could come in the middle of the night, you never know. Your loved one can fall sick. You may get an emergency phone call. It could be just anything, and you end up on the road. At night! Headlight condensation reduces visibility and can lead to accidents. You definitely don’t want this, so always inspect your headlights to see if they are foggy. And if they are foggy, fix them! How? So we asked the service department at Classic Kia of Beaumont, TX for the 411 on how to do this simple process. They should be your number one choice for official Kia parts and accessories in the SouthEast Texas area.  Well, here is how to fix headlight condensation or fogginess in your car.

What You Need

· Lint free cloth

· Silica Gel Packs

· Tools needed to remove your headlight (consult your owner’s manual to know the specific tools you need).

· Hair dryer

· Desiccant packets

· Soapy water

· Denatured alcohol

· Sandpaper

Steps to Get Rid of the Condensation

1. Consult your owner’s manual for tips on how to remove your headlight and follow the instructions to remove it. Usually, unscrewing the bulb, removing the back of the assembly, and opening the hood would work.

2. Once you gain access to the assembly, use the lint free cloth to remove the moisture from the lens.

3. Put the silica gel into the lens assembly. Make sure it does not come into direct contact with the bulb. Put the headlight back.

Alternatively, you can go with the steps below:

1. Use soapy water to wash the lenses, then rinse and wipe it dry.

2. Dip a rag into denatured alcohol then use it to clean the lens in a circular motion. Repeat this process until the lenses become clear and then rinse.

3. Soak sandpaper in water, and then sand the lens in small, circular motion. Only stop when the lenses are smooth. You may then apply car wax to prevent headlight condensation in future.

You can also use desiccant packets to get rid of minor condensation. However, if the condensation is major, consider using a hair dryer to dry out the headlight’s housing. If you opt for this method, be cautious to use low heat, preferably less than one hundred and eighty degrees Fahrenheit.

Additional Advice and Tips

1. Any silica gel pack can work. These packs are usually found in white bags with a message “DO NOT EAT”. They are nonhazardous and nonflammable.

2. Ensure that the gel pack does not come into direct contact with the bulb. If there is barely enough space, do not leave it at the bottom of the assembly since any contact with the bulb will make things worse.

3. Silica packs will only absorb forty percent of their weight in water. While this will address most condensation issues, it will not necessarily fix the problem. You may need to replace seals and gaskets then apply silica gel to fix the problem completely.

4. If it is mandatory that your car is inspected annually, you will most likely be forced to replace your headlights if they are in bad condition. Maintain your headlights to avoid costly and unnecessary replacements.

Conclusion

Prevention is always better than cure. However, if your headlight is already blurred, you will need to take corrective measures. If headlight condensation is troubling you, the tips, steps, and tricks discussed above will come in handy. You never know when an emergency will come up, so always ensure that your headlights are in good condition.