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Chevrolet Silverado Tail Light Assembly

Diagnosing Chevrolet Silverado Tail Light Assembly Problems

The Chevrolet Silverado is one of General Motors' most popular pickup models since it came out back in 1998. This truck comes in light and heavy-duty models, making them quite adaptable for the work at hand. But like all vehicles, you'll encounter problems with the Silverado from time to time. One of the parts that you'll need to look at would be the Chevrolet Silverado tail light assembly. Your truck's tail lights and turn signals could wear out after a while, and you'll need to know how to troubleshoot them fast since you can't drive around with broken lights. Check out our easy-to-read troubleshooting guide so you can get them fixed ASAP.

One side won't light up

If you notice that only one side of your tail lights isn't working, then you probably have a broken bulb. You'll have to remove the bulb from its mount so you can inspect it for damage and rule out other problems. Once you've taken out the bulb, simply check if the filament inside is still in one piece. If it appears burnt or has snapped in two, then you'll need to replace the bulb as it has already burnt up.

Both tail lights won't turn on

If both tail lights aren't working, then you'll have to check your truck's fuse box and find the fuse for the tail light. You'll want to check your vehicle's manual, so you'll have an easier time finding the specific fuse for your tail lights. Inspect the fuse and replace it if necessary. If both lights still won't turn on, then you either have two burnt bulbs or a wiring problem. You can simply repeat the step above to check the bulbs or read on to see how you could check your truck's wiring.

Loose connectors

If both the bulbs and fuse for your truck's tail lights are both fine, then you probably have a connection problem with your vehicle's wiring. Before you start checking your wires, you'll want to inspect the connectors to see if they're simply loose or dirty. Connectors could come loose when you hit a bump on the road so check if all of them are connected properly. The metal contact on these connectors can also get dirty, so simply clean them and see if your lights would work again. Worst case scenario would be that you have a loose wire somewhere that you'll need to replace.

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  • Tips on Cleaning Your Chevrolet Silverado Tail Light Assembly 27 February 2013

    You can pretty much drive around anywhere in your Chevrolet Silverado, but you have to make sure that all parts are in full working order. One area that you might have neglected would be your tail light assembly. Busted lights and turn signals would definitely spell trouble for you, so make sure that you take care of your Chevrolet Silverado tail light assembly to ensure that they're all working fine all the time. Follow our tips and you'll be maintaining them like a pro in no time at all.


    Clean your tail light assembly


    Dirt and dust on your tail light assembly can severely hamper its performance, so make sure that you give the tail lights and turn signals a good scrub every time you're washing your vehicle. Don't forget to dry them with a lint-free cloth so that water spots won't form around them.


    Clean the insides too!


    While it's pretty easy to clean the exterior portion of your tail gate assembly, you shouldn't forget its interior as it needs some cleaning too. You don't have to clean the insides too often, but once you start to notice that dust or even moisture inside, then you better disassemble your tail lights quick and wipe the insides clean.


    Get rid of moisture


    The interior area of your tail light assembly is protected by a rubber seal that keeps dirt and moistures out. If there's a leak, then moisture can travel inside and cause all sorts of problems for your lights. Clean the insides of your tail light assembly first before you inspect the seals around it. If you find a leak, then it's best to have the seals replaced at once.


    Buff your old and foggy tail lights


    After a while, your vehicle's tail lights could end up with small scratches. You might even notice that there's a yellowish or whitish film on top of the tail lights, which can weaken the brightness of your bulbs. You could use some plastic cleaner to buff the area clean and get rid of light scratches. But for oxidized plastic or deeper scratches, you might need to use sandpaper to buff down to a deeper layer. Sanding down your tail light cover has its risks, so if you're unsure of how to do this properly, then it's best to have a professional do it instead.