You know that it’s important to take regular care of your tires, change the oil, and perform other occasional upkeep on your vehicle. You probably don’t think about your exterior lights all that often, however. But there are things that you can do to make sure that your headlights and taillights are doing their job and making sure you’re seen when you’re out driving at night in Glendale, Arizona.
Keep Them Clean
Washing your car regularly is a good idea — it keeps your Ford truck or SUV looking nice and sparkly and can even help prevent rust and paint damage in the long run. Washing your headlights can help stop the housings from fogging, which can reduce the effectiveness of the bulbs and put you at greater risk.
The next time you head out to wash the car, consider paying some special attention to the headlights. One recommended method is to wash them as you would the rest of your vehicle with soap and water, then apply toothpaste once dried. You can also use glass cleaner or a combination of vinegar and baking soda in this same manner.
If you decide to take any of these approaches, be sure to cover the area around the headlight with masking tape. Once the headlight has dried, apply a moderate amount of car wax. This will help protect the encasing from fogging.
While it’s less common for dirt or debris to wind up inside the housing, you can also remove the cover with a screwdriver and clean it inside the same as you did outside, less the wax. You’ll want to make sure it’s completely dried before reattaching.
Check The Lights and Get Them Replaced
Just as you check oil levels and tire pressure every so often, you should do a once-around to make sure all the lights on your vehicle’s exterior are working. If you see that a bulb is out, stop into Sanderson Ford for a quick and easy replacement. If you should choose to replace the lights yourself, be sure to replace two at a time so that they have comparable lifespans.