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.