Common Culprits Behind Dodge Dakota Tail Light Assembly Problems
Driving your Dodge Dakota with broken or defective tail lights could cause you great trouble, especially at night or in areas with low visibility. You might end up getting a ticket or an accident, just because something went wrong with your tail light assembly. Just like your other car components, the parts of your Dodge Dakota's tail light assembly would eventually wear out. Here's how you can troubleshoot your truck's tail light problems:
Tail light won't lit up
A busted bulb is one of the most common culprits behind a dead tail light. Especially if the truck is more than five years under your care, its bulbs might already be wearing out. Sudden dimming or blinking of the lights is a sign of a retiring bulb. Remove the tail light bulb from the assembly and inspect if it has a broken filament, or it is already wasted. You need to replace the bulb, but not the entire tail light assembly, when you've confirmed that the problem is caused by the bulb itself.
Both tail lights are not working
When both of the tail lights are not working, it is probably caused by a blown fuse in the assembly. You can refer to the owner's manual to know where the fuses are, so you can double-check if the malfunction is caused by a blown fuse. Once you've located the fuse box, check if there is a broken thin metal strip in any of the fuses. You need to replace the blown fuse to make the tail lights work again.
Bulbs and fuses okay, tail lights won't work still
If it's not a busted bulb or a blown fuse, then maybe a loose or damaged wiring is causing the tail lights to malfunction. Check the wirings of the assembly for any damage and ensure that all the wires are intact. Also, look for signs of corrosion that might be causing the wires to fail. If the wirings are all okay, might as well check the brake light and signal switch for damage. Make sure to verify the cause of the problem before you hit the road again.