Things To Know Before Changing Your Headlights - Service Information Articles from Carr Chevrolet

If you've been thinking about starting to do some minor service on your own vehicle, changing the headlight bulbs is a great place to start. However, as simple as it may seem, there are still some important things that you should know first. Going into it knowing these five things is a good way to make sure your experience is a positive one.

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5. Get the Information You Need

There are lots of resources out there for the daring would-be shade-tree mechanic. Researching how to change your specific bulbs is a good idea, whether you use a reference book or a YouTube video. Getting a handle on things before you dive in is always a good idea, and knowing what you're doing is easier than ever now.

Two halogen headlight bulbs

4. Use Chevy-Approved Parts

Since headlights are a vital safety feature, it makes sense to go with the best. Chevy-approved headlight bulbs are guaranteed to have the same high quality as the original bulbs that came in your Chevrolet. If you try aftermarket parts, you may find something that is high in quality--or you may get a low-quality bulb that doesn't do the job the way it should.

3. Take Care When Handling Bulbs

Light bulbs are something you should always handle with care. If your Chevrolet comes equipped with halogen headlights, this is extra important. Even doing something as simple as touching a halogen bulb with your bare hands can lead to quick failure. This is because halogen bulbs get very hot, and they need to heat evenly if they're going to work at all. If oil from your hands gets on the bulb, it may heat up unevenly, causing it to burn out.

A technician handles a headlight assembly

2. Don't Try To Tackle LED Headlights Yourself

If your Chevy is equipped with LED headlights, it's best to trust the experts. For one thing, LED headlights are trickier to replace than other headlights, so it's not a mere matter of popping in the bulb yourself. But that's not the only reason. LED headlights are built to last for a long time. If one or both of yours have burned out, it may well be due to a different problem entirely.

1. There's More To It Than Just the Bulbs

Replacing a headlight bulb is all well and good, and it's an important part of the process. However, there's more to making sure your headlights work well than just replacing the bulbs. It's a good idea to make sure that your headlights are leveled and properly aligned. You should also make sure that the lenses are polished. Both of these services will help you see well in a variety of situations.

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