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Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Tail Light Assembly

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Tail Light Assembly: Diagnosis and Treatment

Your Chevrolet Silverado 2500 tail light assembly plays a very important role in the overall safety of you and truck. True, the thing is built tough and ready to handle all sorts of damage, but why wait to test it? Your tail lights allow you to communicate your driving intentions to other motorists on the road. While playing a passive role, the tail light assembly is critical because it provides the secure anchoring point that your lights can sit comfortably in. These assemblies tend to go unnoticed due to the fact that a greater portion of their bodies are recessed in the body of the truck itself. Here are a few symptoms you can look out for to guarantee you can address any failures before they occur:

Surface cracking

Cracking on the external surface of the tail light assembly can be caused by anything from actual impact damage to extremes of hot and cold. However big or small they may be, these cracks are clear structural faults that might worsen due to the vibrations that they constantly are under and lead to complete collapse of the assembly. The best way to deal with these cracks is to apply epoxy or even heavy duty putty to stop them from worsening. It might be an inelegant solution but it is effective in at least temporarily extending the life of your truck.

Rear rattling

For very obvious reasons, it's hard to spot internal damage to your tail light assembly-simply because you can't easily see the inside of your assembly. Rattling sound in the rear, around the area of the tail lights is a very reliable indicator of internal damage-possibly serious internal damage. If the damage isn't too severe, it's ok to patch things up-again, with epoxy or putty. If the damage is really serious, however, this isn't advisable. Broken-off sections are likely to leave jagged edges that could potentially cut into the wiring of the tail lights-rendering them hopelessly non-functional. This is not a scenario that you want to reach if it can avoided because it might necessitate replacement of the tail lights too!

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  • Keeping Your Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Tail Light Assembly in the Best Condition 27 February 2013

    The Chevrolet Silverado 2500 is one of the best trucks to drive off the assembly lines of this famous American manufacturer. It's huge, it's tough, and it's rugged-all the more reason why road safety is a more important concern with this beast. Its tail light assembly might not immediately seem to play an integral part of safety, but it certainly plays a very important role. It houses the all-important tail lights that help fellow drivers to know what you intend to do-be it slow down, stop, or turn-this invaluable bit of communication allows them to react accordingly. For this reason, it's important to keep your tail light assembly in the best shape. Here are a few simple things that you can do to achieve that:


    Inspect thoroughly.


    The external sections of the tail light assembly are automatically included in most cursory examinations, especially if they're chromed-as is often the case with the Silverado. While this does serve to identify more obvious signs of damage in the area most damaged, it isn't thorough enough-you could miss out on spotting critical internal damage. To be perfectly honest, though, it is a major hassle to have to take out the tail lights to check out the assembly's condition-it's worth it, though. Conduct a thorough inspection at least twice a year, and when you do, look out for even the tiniest cracks-these can expand and lengthen with all the vibration going on around it. Epoxies and fillers are a decent quick fix, but when in doubt, go for a full-on replacement.


    Clean carefully.


    It's obvious enough that you clean the outer, exposed portions of your assembly with a bit of shine. What isn't obvious is that you shouldn't go too all-out on the wet cleaning. A damp cloth with a small spot of cleaner should to the trick-make sure no liquids stay in the recesses where the assembly connects with the lens as any water seeping in could mess up the lights themselves. At least, once a year, take the time to clean he internal portions of the tail light assembly-again, a damp cloth is more than enough.