The Hyundai Santa Fe never fails to please consumers, thanks to its fusion of stylishness and functionality. This midsize crossover SUV offers excellent handling and fuel economy tucked into one roomy and sporty ride. However, the Santa Fe is not immune to lighting problems that almost all vehicles suffer from. Its tail lights are known for frequently going kaput. If not fixed immediately, your Hyundai Santa Fe tail lights could cause safety issues on the road.
One or both of your vehicle's tail lights may not work at the same time. If only one bulb is not working, check if it's because of a burned out bulb. You need to open the lift gate of your SUV before you can pry open the tail light assembly. Once the tail light assembly is out, you can inspect the bulbs for darkening or any other signs of damage. By turning it counterclockwise, you can remove the bulb from its socket and replace it with a new one.
Tail lights that go off at the same time may be due to blown fuses. This usually happens when the wires are crossed or if there's not enough power traveling to the fuse. A simple spot check won't do the trick, so you'll have to get down on your knees to access the fuse panel of your vehicle. Before you operate on the fuses, remember to disengage your vehicle's battery first. When that's been taken care of, you can remove the panel cover, and you'll see a couple of fuses inside it. You need to identify which one is the tail light fuse. Refer to your vehicle's manual if you're having difficulty doing do. Once identified, simply pull out the old fuse and install a new one. The new fuse should be seated snugly inside the panel.
If you have already replaced the bulbs and fuses on your vehicle's tail lights, yet nothing seems to work, you might have faulty wirings on your tail lights. The easiest way to verify this is by inspecting the wires for any signs of damage. If there's none, you can use a multimeter to probe the sides of the wires for power. If power on the wires is not consistent, you can splice the wires, leaving just enough of it to attach to the connector.