Chrysler Pt Cruiser Tail Light Assembly
Common Issues with the Chrysler PT Cruiser Tail Light Assembly and How to Diagnose Them
The Chrysler PT Cruiser tail light assembly includes the tail, stop, reverse, and turn-signal lights-all of which allow you to communicate with other drivers behind you. This is why it's so important to pay attention to this component once you see these signs of failure:
One tail light stops working
When one tail light doesn't work, the first thing you should do is to check if the bulb in the affected tail light is burned out. You can access it behind the trim in the trunk of your vehicle, or, if your tail light assembly is an aftermarket product, then you can remove the lens cover to get to the bulb. Once you have the bulb removed, examine the inside if one of its filaments is broken. If you find one, replace that bulb with a new one.
Both tail lights stop working at once
If both of your tail lights fail at once, then a blown fuse is the most likely problem. Check your owner's manual to see the location of the fuse box as well as the position of the tail light fuse. Once you found the box and the fuse, look at the thin metal strip inside and see if it is broken. If it is blown, simply replace it with a new one. Know what kind of fuse your tail light assembly has (refer to your owner's manual for this) before going out to buy one.
Tail light assembly fuse keeps blowing
If your fuse blows the moment you turn on the tail lights, then there might be a problem with the bulb or the wiring harness. Check the tail light bulb if it's the right type for your tail light assembly or if it has short-circuited internally. Wrong bulbs can draw too much power from the battery, causing the tail light fuse to blow. If your vehicle has a trailer wiring harness, disconnect it and check if it has short-circuited as well. If none of these is the problem, check all the wiring connections in your car as any of them could have caused the fuse to blow up.