At Graff Mt. Pleasant, we want you to stay safe every time you get behind the wheel, and proper maintenance is a key component. Your vehicle’s exterior lights are essential to your safety on the road, and yet their routine maintenance can often time be overlooked. The exterior lights on your vehicle include the headlights, taillights, turn signals, and brake lights. They are important when it comes to seeing the road ahead when it’s dark, and for other drivers to be aware of you on the road. In this part of our Summer Car Care Guide, you will learn more about each exterior auto light, replacement of your exterior bulbs, and the different type of bulbs you can purchase for your vehicle. Let’s take a more detailed look at each exterior light on your vehicle and how they help you on the road:
Additional exterior lights your vehicle may have include license plate lights, fog lights, running lights, and side mirror lights. Every make and model is designed differently, so your vehicle may or may not have the accent lights mentioned above. If your vehicle does have these exterior accent lights, it is important to have them inspected and working properly at all times. If you are caught driving with a non-working light you may risk getting a ticket.
Performing a monthly light check on the exterior lights of your vehicle is a great way to know if any of your exterior lights have burned out. To perform a monthly vehicle light check, have a friend or family member walk the perimeter of your vehicle as you turn each light on. They will be able to alert you if any light is not working. You can also detect if a turn signal light needs to be replaced because your interior signal will likely flash faster than normal. Replacing any of your car’s exterior light bulbs can be done at home, however, if you have difficulty navigating your vehicle’s exterior lights, simply visit the Graff Mt. Pleasant Service Center and we can replace your light bulb in no time. Take a look at some important tips to keep in mind when replacing the exterior light bulbs on your vehicle:
Remember, when replacing an external bulb, you must also check the direction of your light since sometimes the light direction can shift when replacing an auto bulb. Since each vehicle make and model is different, you should always look to your Owner’s Manual for specific bulb requirements. If you have replaced a bulb and the light is still not working, this could be due to an electrical wire shortage or a broken component. If you experience this or any other issues, contact our expert technicians at our service center for an inspection to help determine the problem.
At Graff Mt. Pleasant, we want you to stay safe on the road this summer season. On the left side of this page you can learn more Summer Car Care tips to help keep your car running efficiently through the warmer months. By routinely checking and maintaining your vehicle’s exterior lights, you will always be ready to hit the open road, day or night. If you have any difficulties with your exterior auto lights, schedule a summer car care appointment at our Graff Mt. Pleasant Service Center. Our friendly ASE Certified technicians will get your lights working so that you can be confident that they will be ready for use when you need them. Our dealerships are conveniently located off of US 127 at 4580 E Pickard Rd. (Chevrolet) and 116 N. Mission St. (Buick GMC Cadillac) in Mt. Pleasant, MI. We proudly serve the local Mt. Pleasant community, as well as the entire Mid-Michigan area and beyond! Schedule your appointment online or call (989) 773-3937 or (989) 773-3917 today.