Light Control Module
The light control module, as its name implies, controls the functions of various lighting systems like the headlamps, turn signals, daytime running lamps, and other automotive lights. If one or some of these lights fail to function well, the control module might be in trouble and may require replacement soon. You shouldn't risk your life by driving with erratic lights, particularly the headlights. So if your troubleshooting efforts point to the module as the culprit, have it replaced immediately. When choosing one, here are some of the things you should consider:
Find out what exactly your vehicle requires.light control module or body control module.
Prior to your purchase, find out what you really need.is it just a light control module or a body control module? The latter performs different functions, including controls for door locks and lights. These various inputs are linked inside the module by powerful microprocessors. Your choice should depend on your vehicle's specifications. If it comes with an independent control module for the lights, then that's exactly what you have to replace. But, if the control for the lights are integrated in the body control module, then you have to prepare for a much costlier BCM replacement.
Remanufactured vs. brand new . make the right choice.
If you're sure that what your ride needs is a light control module, the next task you have to face is choosing between a remanufactured and brand new unit. When you say remanufactured, it is a properly rebuilt component that's as functional as and is almost unidentifiable from a new part. The process of remanufacturing is pretty much like assembling a new part, the only difference being that many of the components used in assembling reman units, particularly the housing, are derived from used parts.
The remanufacturing process includes complete part disassembly, thorough cleaning, as well as meticulous examination of the components for wear and breakage. Components that are missing, damaged, or non-functioning are replaced with either new or rebuilt units, and the electrical parts go through painstaking rewiring or rewinding. The reassembled part is then tested for compliance with the industry's performance specifications.
Tip: If you doubt the reliability of remanufactured units yet enticed by their reasonable prices, you can go for one that comes with great warranty coverage. Not all reman units come with warranty. So if the one you are eyeing is backed by a good coverage, you can be confident in its quality. You can also look into the track record and background of the company that remanufactured the product and search the web for some honest reviews about the part's performance.
Brand new parts, on the other hand, are built from scratch, using all-new components. They are also tested for performance, durability, and compliance with the standards set by the automotive industry. Most brand new parts are offered along with warranty, which is at least 90 days or 3,000 miles limited warranty. Most of the time, brand-new parts are more expensive than their remanufactured counterparts, so you have to gauge first if the price is reasonable enough. Are its features all beneficial for you and your ride? And does it fit your ride's specs perfectly? Your answers to these questions should be among your bases in choosing the part to get.