Recent Topics
Brakes not working - brake pedal sinks
by tookien
06/19/18 12:42 AM
Dave thinks I can make it 12--15k
by Marco620
06/19/18 12:26 AM
'05 Impala front wheel "squeal". Cost !
by Lee4212
06/19/18 12:16 AM
One Dollar Per Gallon?
by Y_K
06/18/18 11:53 PM
Walmart Tightening up Returns
by John_K
06/18/18 10:21 PM
flare nut wrench set
by spasm3
06/18/18 09:46 PM
Auto trans temperature scanner - help!
by JeffKeryk
06/18/18 09:45 PM
How much is too much?
by Sealbilly
06/18/18 09:34 PM
Correct oil filter for a Vovlo S60, 2003
by earthworm
06/18/18 09:17 PM
Prestone coolant $3.50 Target YMMV
by pda1122
06/18/18 09:13 PM
Need Windows 7 Pro ISO
by MONKEYMAN
06/18/18 08:33 PM
PEAK Full Synthetic -- Anyone Try It ??
by johnnyz73
06/18/18 07:40 PM
Why high resale value on Jeeps if frames rust out?
by Vern_in_IL
06/18/18 06:48 PM
Wearever Silver Semi-Metallic Brake Pads- Break In
by ET16
06/18/18 06:37 PM
Where to Buy Motul Oil in Stores?
by Hot_Ajax
06/18/18 06:13 PM
2011 Chevy equinox overheating
by hardcore302
06/18/18 06:00 PM
Are my rotors warped?
by Dylan1303
06/18/18 05:44 PM
Ultimate Fast Finish on sale at CDN tire.
by irv
06/18/18 05:23 PM
96 Civic 5w20 Castrol GTX Ultraclean UOA
by researcher
06/18/18 04:52 PM
VOA Castrol Magnatec D1G2, 5w30
by researcher
06/18/18 04:38 PM
Newest Members
JustaDude, 3horseman, Firedog45, WtsTacoma01, Orion62
65265 Registered Users
Who's Online
31 registered (1WildPig, ctechbob, Backwoods41695, clinebarger, David2431, 2015_PSD), 888 Guests and 48 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
65265 Members
67 Forums
285573 Topics
4765623 Posts

Max Online: 3590 @ 01/24/17 08:07 PM
Donate to BITOG
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
#4629630 - 01/09/18 06:45 PM Keep those headlight lenses clean!
mclasser Offline


Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 2223
Loc: The Northeast
I noticed my headlights weren't as bright as usual. When I took a look at them, they were covered with road salt/grime. So make sure to wipe off your headlight lenses periodically, especially when in-between car washes. Visibility at night is extra important now with all the added hazards Old Man Winter brings.
_________________________
2018 Hyundai Elantra VE -- 3K
2013 Honda Pilot EX-L 4WD -- 55K
2002 Honda Accord EX-L -- 210K


Top
#4629635 - 01/09/18 06:49 PM Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: mclasser]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10128
Loc: OH
Some excellent, ammonia free glass cleaner like Sprayaway from Home Depot, etc. works excellent. Only about $3 or so and my favorite.

Top
#4629646 - 01/09/18 06:56 PM Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: SatinSilver]
Aero540T Offline


Registered: 01/08/18
Posts: 23
Loc: MI
Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
Some excellent, ammonia free glass cleaner like Sprayaway from Home Depot, etc. works excellent. Only about $3 or so and my favorite.


Sprayaway is legit
_________________________
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7L (wife’s) M1HM & PL
2002 Ford Taurus 24V M1HM & M1EP
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 5.9L 4x4 M1HM & M1EP
1993 Yamaha FZR 600

Top
#4629650 - 01/09/18 06:59 PM Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: SatinSilver]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 15687
Loc: OH
Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
Some excellent, ammonia free glass cleaner like Sprayaway from Home Depot, etc. works excellent. Only about $3 or so and my favorite.


Tap water "works excellent" and is virtually free.
_________________________
17 Forester 12K MSS 0W-20
12 Accord LX 86K PP 5W-20
09 Forester 95K M1HM 10W-30
01 Focus ZX3 118K PP 5W-20
96 Accord LX 104K T5 10W-30
95 318i

Top
#4629691 - 01/09/18 07:27 PM Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: mclasser]
VeryNoisyPoet Offline


Registered: 12/16/17
Posts: 290
Loc: Massachusetts
It's so salty/muddy around here that I have to clean my lights every day.

Not worth shelling out hundreds of $ to replace notoriously flaky headlight wiper units, but even a washer fluid rinse would go a long way to keeping them cleaner. I'll see if I can rig up a sprayer or something.
_________________________
1998 V70 GLT / 187k miles

"Use yah blinkah!"

"Be nice. The alternative involves an air horn and 7000 lumens of high beam."

Top
#4629805 - 01/09/18 09:02 PM Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: VeryNoisyPoet]
Wolf359 Offline


Registered: 04/27/12
Posts: 4742
Loc: MA
Originally Posted By: VeryNoisyPoet
It's so salty/muddy around here that I have to clean my lights every day.

Not worth shelling out hundreds of $ to replace notoriously flaky headlight wiper units, but even a washer fluid rinse would go a long way to keeping them cleaner. I'll see if I can rig up a sprayer or something.


You have headlight wipers but no headlamp washers?

Mine only has headlamp washers and has a weird system where it only sprays the headlamps when the headlights are on and after 5-10 squirts of windshield wiper fluid. I try to get the ice off the doors to the headlamp washers, I wonder if it'd break if they were frozen over, but don't want to find out.

Top
#4629847 - 01/09/18 09:54 PM Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: mclasser]
Kestas Offline



Registered: 06/04/02
Posts: 12324
Loc: The Motor City
I miss the days when I could simply polish the glass lens with a rag. Now it's a plastic cover that's yellowed and opaque. I'm too lazy to deal with it.

Top
#4629918 - 01/09/18 11:57 PM Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: Kestas]
3800Series Offline


Registered: 08/02/14
Posts: 1452
Loc: Gulf Coast, MS
Originally Posted By: Kestas
I miss the days when I could simply polish the glass lens with a rag. Now it's a plastic cover that's yellowed and opaque. I'm too lazy to deal with it.

Same one of the bigger disappointments of mine with automobiles in the past 20 years. I would honestly pay a premium for glass lenses if it was a option I mean if I can go to the store and buy a glass bottle of soda for $1 I don't get the cost argument to it. Some minor weight added but I think glass lenses would increase a vehicles resale value. Nothing like those nice shiny $60k-$80k Benz 5 years old and headlights that look to have come from a scrap yard.

Top
#4629957 - 01/10/18 02:44 AM Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: Kestas]
Garak Offline


Registered: 12/05/09
Posts: 24574
Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Originally Posted By: Kestas
I miss the days when I could simply polish the glass lens with a rag.

I miss the days when you could simply replace the headlight (cracked, sandblasted, or failed) by going to the local parts store and grabbing another sealed beam, and have brand new, OEM performance in a few minutes.
_________________________
Plain, simple Garak.

2008 Infiniti G37 - Shell ROTELLA T6 Multi-Vehicle 5w-30, NAPA Gold 7356
1984 F-150 4.9L - Quaker State GB 10w-30, Wix 51515

Top
#4629961 - 01/10/18 03:00 AM Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: Garak]
Nyogtha Offline


Registered: 10/13/14
Posts: 2319
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Originally Posted By: Garak
Originally Posted By: Kestas
I miss the days when I could simply polish the glass lens with a rag.

I miss the days when you could simply replace the headlight (cracked, sandblasted, or failed) by going to the local parts store and grabbing another sealed beam, and have brand new, OEM performance in a few minutes.

+1!
_________________________
"No matter how paranoid you are you're not paranoid enough. Tell the truth. Reach as many people as you can with it. That's your weapon." - Susanne Modeski, aka "Holly" to The Lone Gunmen

Top
#4629996 - 01/10/18 06:08 AM Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: Nyogtha]
bbhero Offline


Registered: 03/20/15
Posts: 4612
Loc: Virginia
+2

Now you have got to take off the front nose of a car just to replace a headlight bulb.
_________________________
Nissan Altima 3.5 Coupe Valvoline Advanced Full Synthetic 5w30 Federated Auto 4612ex
"Treat your family like your friends and treat your friends like your family."

Top
#4630043 - 01/10/18 07:25 AM Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: mclasser]
Snagglefoot Offline


Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1692
Loc: Alberta
I keep a spray bottle in the garage filled with ordinary windshield washer fluid beside a supply of clean shop rags. Ten seconds on each light and you’re good to go.

SF


Edited by Snagglefoot (01/10/18 07:26 AM)

Top
#4630054 - 01/10/18 07:39 AM Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: mclasser]
Silverado12 Offline


Registered: 02/26/13
Posts: 3111
Loc: Central Virginia
A little off subject but I've found the best (and cheapest) way to recondition faded plastic lights is to wet sand them with 600 grit paper and clearcoat them with aerosol spray paint from the autoparts store.


Edited by Silverado12 (01/10/18 07:40 AM)
_________________________
12 Chevy Silverado ext. cab LS, 2WD 4.3 auto
16 Challenger R/T Shaker 5.7 manual B5 blue
07 Harley Dyna Street Bob 96 c.i. 6 sp.
00 Mustang GT auto

Top
#4630211 - 01/10/18 09:51 AM Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: mclasser]
grampi Offline


Registered: 10/08/06
Posts: 7762
Loc: OH
Not only keeping them clean, but also keeping the lenses CLEAR is just as important. My lenses were cloudy looking, so I restored them using a 3M restoration kit. Now about once every couple of months or so I go over them by hand using Mequiar's 105 polish to keep them clear. Keeping them clean and clear really makes a big difference with night time vision...

Top
#4630279 - 01/10/18 10:45 AM Re: Keep those headlight lenses clean! [Re: mclasser]
Smokescreen Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 3356
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Careful what you apply to the headlamp in cleaning them. I'd even be careful the media/material (cloths, windshield scrubber/car wash brush) that you use when cleaning. Some of the cleaning chemicals might adversely affect the UV coating and overall finish over time. Remember these lamps see chemicals from the road environment + harsh UV rays + road debris and other factors. Furthermore cloths, windshield scrubber/car wash brush that isn't perfectly clean can introduce scratches to the coating and lens itself.

The last thing you want to do is compromise the lens' integrity resulting in FASTER clouding. A clouded lens is a useless one. I use only water spray from a car wash for my headlamps (or a water spray bottle in between time) and have never had a clouded lens in any of my cars that I have ever owned. I also park them away from the sun where possible.
_________________________
09 Corolla 1.8L-370Kkms(231Kmi)-PP,Denso
05 LeSabre 3.8L-210Kkms(131Kmi)-Sopus,Wix
03 Sierra 2500 6.0L-204Kkms(127Kmi)-Sopus,Wix

All with mpg > EPA

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >