Honda Civic Tail Light Assembly
Common Problems with the Honda Civic Tail Light Assembly
Honda Civic tail light assemblies are important safety features of your car--they keep the rear lights illuminated at night and during extreme weather conditions. Aside from brake lights, the tail light assembly also houses your car's turn signal, parking, and backing lights. These lights help other drivers know whether you're braking, changing lanes, making turns, and backing up. Although tail light assemblies are designed to last your car's lifetime, they are prone to wear and damage. Once you've noticed signs of damage or wear on your car's tail light assembly, it's time to do some troubleshooting. Here are some of the most common tail light assembly problems encountered by Honda Civic owners, as well as the factors behind them:
Blinking or flickering tail lights
Blinking tail lights can be caused by several factors, and one of the most common factors is faulty wiring. Damaged or loose wires can cause the tail lights to blink or flicker intermittently. Check all the wires connected to the assembly for signs of damage. Fasten all loose wires and replace any corroded terminal to ensure that you resolve the problem with flickering tail lights. Replace all damaged wires immediately.
Non-working tail light bulbs
Since tail light assemblies house the brake, turn signal, parking, and backing bulbs-and these bulbs can burn out over time-it's important to look out for them as well. Thankfully, you can easily remove these bulbs by accessing the back panel of the tail light assembly. Check the bulbs for any broken filament and immediately replace any bulb with a broken filament. It's also advisable to check the car's fuses because the problem might lie there.
Damaged tail light assembly
Rear fender-benders are the most common reasons why tail light assemblies get damaged. When the assembly cracks or gets damaged, it can render your parking, brake, turn signal, and backing lights inoperable. Cracked tail light assemblies can still be repaired, and the first thing that you can do is to remove the assembly to examine the extent of the damage. Plastic cement solvents and fillers can repair small cracks. Replace a damaged tail light assembly lens immediately with a new set. If you see that the damage is beyond repair, better replace the tail light assembly with a new one.