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Honda Pilot Tail Light

How to Maintain Your Honda Pilot Tail Light in Three Easy Steps

When it comes to automotive maintenance, the tail lights aren't the first ones that you'll talk about. You may even overlook them until they start to act up or just instantly stop working, making it perilous for you to navigate the road at night or during inclement weather. To keep your Honda Pilot tail light in good working condition and to extend its service life, here are some tips you can use:

  • Install taillight guards or other protective add-ons.

The tail lights of your Honda Pilot deserve the maximum protection a taillight guard, cover, or other add-ons could give. Installation of these add-ons becomes even more called for if you use your Pilot for your family travels and adventures in the suburbs. Tail light guards protect the tail lamp lens from getting scratched or broken by bushes and flying debris without affecting the lights' luminance. However, it is important that you check your local laws first before installing anything to be sure that the add-on you're planning to outfit over the taillights is street legal.

  • Put a car cover on before leaving your Honda out in the open overnight.

If you often leave your Honda Pilot in an open parking space overnight, it would be better if you keep it safe from natural elements by covering it with a good-quality car cover. The car cover will also protect your Honda Pilot lights from any type of damage that they could get not just from nature but from human intervention as well.

  • Clean the tail lights on the inside every now and then.

Even if you don't frequently drive off-road, your Honda Pilot tail lights can still get dirty on the inside, what with the condensation that regularly sits on the taillights. The condensation can get inside the light and can become thick over time, making the light look grimy. When this happens, consult your manual for instructions on how you can properly clean your tail lights on the inside, and spend some time doing it to prevent the haze from affecting the functions of the tail lamps.

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  • How to Troubleshoot Two Common Honda Pilot Tail Light Problems

    While on the road, it is important that you're able to clearly see and be seen. That's what the automotive lights are for. In case of the tail lights, they emit light to inform the pedestrians and drivers of the vehicles behind you of your presence and of your intentions of slowing down or coming to a stop. As the tail lights do these tasks in conjunction with your brake pedal, there are things that could go wrong. To stay away from traffic tickets and from mishaps caused by malfunctioning tail lights, it pays to be familiar with the common issues your Honda Pilot tail light is more likely to encounter and the ways to troubleshoot them.

    Tail lights don't come off

    The most common cause of the tail light's failure to turn off is a bad switch. Perhaps, the contacts have been stuck, enabling the switch to continuously supply power even if it has been released. It will be easy to test an analog switch if you have a wiring diagram and an ohmmeter. The diagram will be your guide in deciding which terminal to check. It will also help you determine the leads that should have continuity and when.

    It's also possible that the brake pedal of your Pilot isn't making a solid contact with the switch. Some Honda vehicles have rubber pads where the switch and the pedal come in contact with each other when the switch is released. If these pads break or fall out, the brake pedal may not be able to push the switch enough when it's released.

    Tail lights don't come on

    If this is the case with your Honda Pilot tail light set, the first thing you have to check is the third-brake light. If it's also not working, chances are you have a bad fuse, an unplugged wiring harness, or a bad switch. On vehicles that use the tail lights as emergency flashers, a quick test can be done to determine the cause of the problem. If the tail lights come on once the emergency flashers are activated, that means you have no problem with the sockets, wires, and bulbs.

    If the lights still fail to come on after the emergency flashers have been turned on or if your SUV doesn't come with such setup, you can proceed with your troubleshooting by checking your fuse. Consult your owner's manual for the location of your fuse box and check for blown fuse. If your fuses are still fine, then your tail light switch might be the culprit.