Honda Pilot Tail Lights
Determining the Cause of Your Honda Pilot Tail Lights Failure
The Honda Pilot tail lights are effective warning devices when there is low visibility on the road. They allow other vehicles especially those behind you to know that they should maintain a certain distance from your car. These lights actually mean your safety while driving. However, they get damaged over time due to various reasons. Usually, you encounter electrical issues, which leads to tail lights failure. So make sure you know what to do when they start showing signs of failure or stop functioning. The following are the parts that you can check to determine why your Honda Pilot tail lights have become faulty:
When your tail lights fail, it is not always because of a problem with any component of the tail lights. Sometimes, the battery is simply not transmitting enough power to them. So when there are battery troubles, you can expect these lights to malfunction as well. Check if there is electricity flowing through the battery. Don't worry, though, because you don't need to go through the hassle of testing the battery with any device. You can just honk the horn or examine other accessories such as the headlights and radio, which are also powered by the battery, to see if there is current in your battery. If any of these components are working, you can eliminate the probability of a defective battery as culprit to your tail lights failure.
A bad socket is also a common reason for malfunctioning tail lights. Inspect if it is loose, which could be due to corrosion or breakage. And when there is a loose bulb socket, it means that the metal portion of the tail light bulb is not consistently making contact with the socket. This situation causes the ground path to be broken and decreases the current flowing, which prevents the tail lights from reaching its full brightness. Check for a bad connection between the wires and the socket, too.
Pull the fuse out and check the element if it has a gap, which usually means that the fuse is blown. However, in some cases, a blown fuse may still look fine upon visual inspection. So testing the fuse with a voltmeter might be necessary. Remember that a good fuse should have 12 volts.