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:
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.
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!