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Tips to Address Foggy Headlights in Your BMW

If you drive a BMW, then chances are you’re pretty pleased overall with its performance and aesthetic appeal – at least it wouldn’t surprise us because they’re one of the most highly revered brands in automotive history. However even BMWs experience some of the common problems that other cars encounter. One issue that affects your BMW’s performance as well as its aesthetic appeal is the condition of the headlights.

BMW Headlight

Yellowing or foggy headlights are problematic for safety reasons, as it dulls the quality of the light emitted onto the road required for safety, but it also looks terrible. The good news is that there are relatively simple and effective ways to address the issue. In this article, we’ll go over the contributing factors of foggy headlights and what you can do to prevent this from occurring in your prized BMW.

Factors that contribute to foggy headlights

Knowing what contributes to foggy or yellowing headlights is the first step toward preventing the issue in your car. Some of these factors may be preventable, and others not so much. For instance, there’s nothing you can do about your vehicle’s age, model, or year making it more susceptible to yellowing headlights. Here are the most commonly contributing factors to yellowing or foggy headlights:

  • Vehicle age
  • Model and year of the car
  • Driving environment and conditions
  • Neglected automotive care
  • Cracks or damages unattended to
  • Exposure to constant UV rays
  • Consistent exposure to moisture

There are a few things you can do to combat these issues, and we’ll go over them in a moment.

What are your options for fixing the issue

Your options for fixing the issue of yellowing headlights will depend greatly upon what caused the problem in the first place and will also depend upon the expert opinion of a trained BMW technician. These are the two most common protocols for attending to foggy headlights:

  • Replace the headlights
  • Clean the headlights routinely

Replacing the headlights can be expensive, depending on the model and year BMW you drive. If you drive an older BMW, you might have an easier time with replacing the headlights, but the likelihood of the problem recurring is high, as the part is likely designed with a deficit of some kind. Usually the best option is to remove the headlights and thoroughly clean them using proper cleaning products and protective seals that will keep the problem from happening again.

What else you can do to prevent foggy headlights

Besides adequately addressing your already foggy headlights, it’s important to know what to do to prevent the issue all together. Upholding the quality of your BMW means attending to these small issues, even if they don’t negatively impact your car’s performance yet. Keeping your headlights clear and polished can help retain the value of your car in aesthetic appeal alone, but it can also ensure that your headlights don’t become so clouded that you can’t see clearly on the road while driving at night. Here are a few things you might consider doing to keep your headlights in excellent working condition for years to come:

  • Park your car in a covered garage area
  • Clean the headlights yourself periodically
  • Bring your car to a detail shop that handles foggy headlights
  • Use proper cleaning materials and protective products
  • Use high quality replacement parts
  • Enlist the help of a BMW expert to keep the problem from recurring

BMW Foggy Headlight

What we can do to help

Your headlights are important for your safety as well as overall vehicle appeal. Getting the help of a professional BMW service to keep your headlights and other components in excellent condition is not easy, as true expertise and skill is hard to come by in the automotive industry. Here at Ultimate Bimmer Service, we serve the BMW drivers of Carrolton and Dallas, TX with a heightened level of care and expertise, but also with honesty and integrity. We love the BMW brand so much that we narrowed our focus to these German-engineered beauties alone, and we feel a strong responsibility to keep them in excellent condition for our clients. If you’ve noticed that your BMW’s headlights are yellowing or becoming foggy, please don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an inspection.

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