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Ford Taurus Tail Lights

Top Ford Taurus Tail Light Problems and Their Causes

Your Ford Taurus' light assembly will not be complete without your good old tail lights. If the headlights guide your way during the night and bad weather, the tail lights are responsible for warning the vehicles behind you of your Ford Taurus' impending movements. Whether you are about to go left or right or you are about to stop because the traffic light suddenly turned red, your tail lights have a way of showing your activities to your fellow travelers. Because of this huge responsibility, your Ford Taurus tail lights are utterly bound to fail at some point. To prepare you for your tail lights' inevitable doom, here are some of the most common signs of wear in most Ford Taurus tail lights and the reasons behind them:

Brake light malfunction

There are a lot of problems associated with the vehicle's tail light assembly. One of the most common is the brake lights' failure to light up when they should. If neither your front brake nor your rear brake illuminates the brake lights, the problem might be the bulbs themselves. If the bulbs are all fine, you may want to check the other tail light assembly components like the contact points of the bulbs, the electrical connections of the brake lights, and the front and rear brake switches. If all these components are still in good shape, the trouble might be caused by a burnt or blown-up fuse. There are some cases wherein instead of not turning on, the brake lights won't shut off. To solve this problem, you need to check the blade switch at the rear or foot brake pedal for damage. All these tail light assembly parts, if proven to be defective, can be easily replaced to fix the brake lights.

Intermittent or flickering tail lights

If your tail lights tend to blink or flicker while they are turned on, check the status of your tail light bulbs. Sometimes, flickering is caused by a loose tail light bulb, which can be solved by tightening the bulb's attachment to the socket. If you installed a new set of bulbs on your tail light assembly and it flickers, you need to make sure that the wattage of the replacement bulb is compatible with your tail lights and its wirings. You can also check the battery and its positive and negative cables for damage. If there is visible corrosion on the tip of the battery cables, they are no longer effective in transporting the power from the battery to the tail lights. In this case, you have the option to replace the defective part or just clean the corrosive materials off the battery and the cables.

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  • Ways to Keep Your Ford Taurus Tail Lights in Tiptop Shape 27 February 2013

    Although they are equally important, your Ford Taurus tail lights work twice as much as your headlight assembly. Unlike the headlights, which are only used during the night and harsh weather conditions, the tail lights are expected to do their job for as long as the vehicle is on and moving. With this very demanding task, it goes without saying that your Ford Taurus tail lights are more prone to deterioration than your headlamps. To help you prolong your tail lights' service life, here are some easy and helpful maintenance tips:


    Keep your tail lights dirt- and fog-free.

    One of the traditional ways to keep your tail lights in good condition is by keeping it clean, bright, and clear. Just like your headlights, the tail lights' lenses also have the tendency to become foggy and yellowish. If you are experiencing this problem with your tail light covers, you can easily restore their clear and fog-free state with the help of a clean cloth, a tube of toothpaste, spray-on carburetor cleaner, WD-40, and rubbing compound. The toothpaste and the carburetor cleaner will help remove the yellowish layer on the surface of the lenses. The WD-40 and the rubbing compound, on the other hand, will restore the original shine and appearance of the tail light covers.


    Make sure your tail light covers are watertight.

    Water seeping into the interior of the tail light assembly can damage the tail light bulbs and the electrical connections, which may cause the entire rear lighting system to fail. To avoid this, always make sure that the edges of the tail light covers are properly sealed. A commercial tail light or headlight sealing agent may be used for the job. If water is already present inside the tail light assembly, carefully remove and wipe the covers before sealing them back into the assembly.


    Check the bulbs and other tail light assembly components regularly.

    Defective tail light assembly components are the common reasons why most Ford Taurus tail lights fail. It is advisable to habitually check the bulbs of the assembly, which includes the tail light bulbs, brake light bulbs, and the signal light bulbs. You also need to check the switches of the tail lights to ensure that they will respond accordingly once they are turned on or off. Electrical connections and the power source must also be checked and maintained to guarantee an uninterrupted flow of power through the tail light assembly. The tail light fuses should also be checked to make sure that they are all in good condition. When exposed to water or any form of precipitation, these fuses have the tendency to blow up or burn. If you notice any problem with the tail light assembly components, it is better to replace them immediately.