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Honda Accord Side Marker Lights

Common Signs of Faulty Honda Accord Side Marker Lights

The Honda Accord side marker lights are attached to the front and rear sides of your vehicle. They function as auxiliary safety lights that can be seen by other drivers when you turn on the headlights. If these fail, you might not be always visible to other drivers and pedestrians at night, and this could lead to accidents. Sometimes, however, both side marker lights may not work. Then there are other cases in which they seem to affect the whole headlight or taillight assembly. If you experience either of these symptoms, immediately troubleshoot these problems with the following tips.

One side marker light is not working.

Test all of your car's light functions-right/left signal, daytime running lights, etc.-and have a friend look at each side marker light. If one of them doesn't work, regardless of what light function you turn on, then there must be something wrong with that side's bulb.

From the inner part of the bumper, pop out the headlight assembly on the affected side. There's a clip inside the headlight slot that needs to be pushed in, and the side marker bulb should come right out. Take out the bulb and check if it's burned out. If it is, replace it with a new one. To know what type of bulb your side marker light has, refer to your owner's manual.

Headlight switch is funky, and the corner light indicators remain slightly illuminated.

When you have connected the side marker lights wiring to that of a newly installed headlight assembly, you may experience this problem. In some cases, this issue also includes the battery getting drained overnight.

If you are having this same issue, check the wiring again as you may have spliced the wires wrongly. Do take note of how you want your side marker lights to work. For instance, to have them come on as running lights and turns, splice the side marker lights' blue/green wires to the headlights' blue/green wires together and splice the two components' gray wires together. Then if you want them to come on only as turn signal lights, splice the blue/green to the other blue/green wires and then the gray wire to the black wire. Lastly, if you want them to work only as running lights, splice the blue/green wire to the black wire and then the gray wire to the other blue/green wire.

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  • Honda Accord Side Marker Lights Upkeep Tips and Tricks 27 February 2013

    Side marker lights are a requirement for cars that are driven in North America. This basically improves the presence of the vehicle on the road, which is also a way to avoid any accidents. This would allow other drivers to properly see the other automobiles, especially when they're in oblique angles. It's a great idea to take good care of these, especially since these are implemented by law. Here are some tips and tricks on how you can do proper upkeep on the Honda Accord side marker lights.


    Check the bulbs.

    One of the reasons why the side marker lights, or any other car light, malfunction is because of a busted bulb. If one of the bulbs is not working, it's a confirmation that you need to get a replacement. Make sure that you get the right type of bulb for the side marker light.


    Inspect the wirings.

    Aside from a blown light bulb, you'll also have to inspect the wirings of the side marker lights. If they're corroded or broken, make sure to have them replaced as soon as you detect that they're the problem. This way, you can still use the side marker lights, and you won't be hailed by a traffic enforcer if he sees you without them.


    Clean the lenses.

    Since the side marker lights are exposed to road dust and grime, they will surely get dirty after a trip. Dirt buildup will make the lenses all fogged up, and moisture buildup can even crack them. So after every trip, it's a good idea to inspect the lights and wipe soot off by using fresh rags or clean paper towels. During the weekends, when you do your regular cleaning, you can pop off the lenses and clean the inside to get rid of any buildup.


    Adjust loose connections.

    When the lights flicker, and you just recently replaced them with new ones last weekend, it can be because of loose connections. Make sure that you tighten the bulb right into the socket because it's probably too loose. The wirings may also not be wired correctly, so go ahead and fix them.