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Headlights and ATF 2007 2.4 Sonata

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Just checking to see if anyone knows of good sources for headlight assemblies. The ones currently on the car are so bad, I can't see the bulbs anymore. Thought of taking them and sanding/clear coating them, but that stuff doesn't last. Any links would be appreciated.

Now with the ATF. Don't flame me... but are any of you using ATF +4? If so, for how long and how is it working out for you?

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Reflective material on inner part of headlights deteriorate so cleaning cloudy headlight cover won't help, or let me say it may help make the headlight look as new, but won't restore the needed projection down the road.


As far as ATF, haven't used the Chrysler approved ATF+4, but have used Valvoline Multi-Fluid ATF with no problems.
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Shop Ebay just make sure you don't buy the cheapest ones. I purchased some for my mustang and the plastic lens was so soft I could scratch them with my fingernail.
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Reflective material on inner part of headlights deteriorate so cleaning cloudy headlight cover won't help, or let me say it may help make the headlight look as new, but won't restore the needed projection down the road.

As far as ATF, haven't used the Chrysler approved ATF+4, but have used Valvoline Multi-Fluid ATF with no problems.
The reflective part seems to be okay from what I can see. They are so cloudy though, they don't shine... they glow. LOL

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Shop Ebay just make sure you don't buy the cheapest ones. I purchased some for my mustang and the plastic lens was so soft I could scratch them with my fingernail.
Yeah, I saw a few on ebay but wasn't sure they'd hold up. That's why I was asking on here.

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I ended up putting lens protectors on the cheap headlights, so in the long run I paid as much as good quality headlights.
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Know on our old '08 that the daughter has, I've put high beam bulbs in low beam, lens clear and you still can't see down the road.
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Know on our old '08 that the daughter has, I've put high beam bulbs in low beam, lens clear and you still can't see down the road.
Yeah, what's up with that? I used scratch remover and cleaned them up, but they're still dim. I've never seen a car with such dim headlights.

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I tried a full-up polishing kit a year ago. It worked fairly well, but I never put on the sealer, and now the lenses are totally frosted.

I took them off of the car to polish them, though. It saved me a lot of time and worry, overall. I recommend if you go down this path that you do the same.

A few months ago, I bought a used set through Craigslist. I made a bad choice, and while the lenses were clear, there was irreparable damage to other parts of the assemblies (corrosion, crappy hand-repairs to the wiring, etc.). I just now threw them away. $40 wasted.

A few days ago, I got a great, used set through Facebook Marketplace. $20, total, for a very clean used set for the 2006-2008 NF, and in excellent shape front to back. This time, I looked VERY carefully!. One requires just a scosche of polishing, then I'm sealing both assemblies and installing them in a few days. I had to buy the sealer through Amazon. None of my local "Advanced Auto" stores carry it.


Still, make sure that they're good inside and out if you go this route. Also, save your old assemblies for comparison before you put in the replacements. I had to scavenge some of the "vents" for the newest set from the junk set.


Make sure you buy the right assemblies, though. Just in case you're unaware (or if some new reader here is unaware), the later years (after 2008) do NOT fit the 2006-2008 model vehicles.

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I am assuming you have a 2007 NF with 5-speed A/T calling for SP-III ATF or equivalent. Curious as to why the interest in Chrysler's ATF+4 fluid. Would you please explain?
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I am assuming you have a 2007 NF with 5-speed A/T calling for SP-III ATF or equivalent. Curious as to why the interest in Chrysler's ATF+4 fluid. Would you please explain?
https://www.hyundai-forums.com/nf-20...l-atf-4-a.html

Do a search on the web and you'll find more examples for and against. Also quite a few people stating that the dealer has used ATF+4 as standard fill.

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Make sure you buy the right assemblies, though. Just in case you're unaware (or if some new reader here is unaware), the later years (after 2008) do NOT fit the 2006-2008 model vehicles.
Thanks for all the info. I do appreciate it.

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