Do your headlights look worn down or look like they’re covered in wax paper, then you need to inspect them right away. To maintain them, it is important to learn to examine the headlights properly to figure out what type of approach is needed. Here are some of the ways you can inspect your headlights below.
Inspect the headlights
In order to have the proper assessment, it is important to figure out how bad the damage is to know which cleaning methods will be the most effective. This will also help you know if the headlights should be examined professionally, or whether the headlights might need to be replaced. Have you noticed anything unusual with your headlights? Do they seem hazier or not as crisp as they once were? If yes, then you might want to consider these things below:
- Look for hazing.
Remember, hazing will only occur when all of the hard coat (wax) has worn off the headlights and the soft polycarbonate is exposed. Whenever this happens, it can be prone to absorbing scratches—creating hazing in the process. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- If not treated immediately, the lens will soon be covered in a rough dark yellow crusted surface.
- To temporarily maintain them, doing a cheap quick clean can slow down the degeneration of the headlights. However, a more comprehensive clean may be needed.
- Look for yellowing.
Similar to the cause of hazing, this occurs when all of the hard coat is beginning to thin out and lose adhesion to the polycarbonate lens. So, if you did not clean it when it starts hazing, it will then result in a yellowish appearance.
- Once you notice yellowish colouring on the headlights, you can try opting for a more comprehensive clean, using some polishing compound to clean them up and reduce the damage.
- A thin layer of transmission fluid can also temporarily clear the yellowish appearance as well.
- Look for peeling and cracks.
If you live in a cold country or had a collision with another car, it usually results in peeling and cracks. You will usually notice cracks deep into the lens, which means the headlights will need to be resurfaced by a professional. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Compared to the other problems that are listed, your headlights need to be examined by a professional so that you may know if you need to replace your headlights or have them resurfaced.
- If you still don’t have the budget to buy a new headlight, clean them up as best you can and try to avoid riding the car at night.
If you still can’t figure out what the problem your headlights have, we recommend having them examined by professionals. This will not only help you save time but also be able to restore to what they once were.