We've all heard it said: They just don't make cars like they used to. And we must admit there is truth to the statement. In some ways, cars are far more refined than the Mopars we remember from the '60s and '70s, offering modern safety equipment, independent suspension, rack and pinion steering, and powerful, efficient powerplants, but in other ways they just aren't as solid as older models.

You can blame the federal government for much of the plastic in today's cars, as it is simply a reaction to mandated safety items and efficiency ratings for new automobiles. All of the airbags, associated wiring, and bracing required to make our cars safer adds significant weight, which must be offset somehow for the car to offer competitive performance and meet the government's mileage requirements. This requires that non-structural items be manufactured from lightweight parts, like plastic, which has the added benefit of often being less expensive as well, keeping the cost of the car down.

Of all the parts of our new car that are made from plastic, the most obvious (at least after a couple years of driving) are the headlights. Instead of glass bulbs like our older cars, modern Mopar cars and trucks utilize a plastic bezel and lens, with a replaceable element. While the result is a lighter, more user friendly headlight assembly, the plastic lenses themselves are subjected to all of the dirt, debris, sand, and sunlight that driving offers, often resulting in scratches and discoloration.

Fortunately, Mother's has an all-inclusive product designed to fully restore plastic headlight lenses to the clarity they had when new. The Powerball 4lights kit contains all of the items necessary to wet-sand your plastics lenses, and then polish them using the supplied buffing pad and compound, resulting in a dramatic improvement in the appearance and performance of the headlights. Our '09 Challenger project car is too new to need headlight restoration, but like most enthusiasts we had a couple of older Mopars to test this product on. Spending about 30 minutes each on our '01 Dodge truck and '95 Chrysler LHS, we must say we were impressed with the results. Follow along and we'll show you how easy it is to restore plastic headlight lenses.

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Mothers
5456 Industrial Drive
Huntington Beach
CA  92649
714-891-3364
http://www.mothers.com