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Jeep Wrangler YJ Tail Light

Tips for Jeep Wrangler YJ Tail Light Maintenance

The Jeep Wrangler YJ has been a staple off-road vehicle for different adventures. For years, it served a variety of drivers ranging for the youth earning their first vehicles up to the hard core off-road enthusiasts. Part of these adventures is remaining visible even when darkness sets in. This is the job of the headlights and the tail lights. While your headlights illuminate your path ahead, your tail lights warns the traffic behind you that you are ahead of them. It is therefore of utmost importance that you take care of the condition of each of your tail lights. Here are some tips on the Jeep Wrangler YJ tail light maintenance. Note each one to preserve the condition and function of your tail light longer.

  • Wash your tail light with water regularly.

In cleaning almost everything in your Jeep Wrangler's exterior, the use of water is never forgotten. The clean water that gushes forth from your hose is like a saving grace to your tail light lens. It gets rinsed of the light layers of dust and dirt. There are times that water can already take out what's needed. However, there are also times when it needs more than just hosing down.

  • Scrub the lens to a shine using a sponge or wash mitt.

To remove the particles that still remain after hosing your tail light with water, put on some elbow grease and do a little scrubbing. It is best to scrub the tail light lens while it is still wet. Soak a sponge or wash mitt in your car shampoo solution. Apply the solution to the surface by gentle scrubs. Apply just the right amount of pressure to avoid putting on scratches on your part. Scratches and haze can render your tail light ineffective.

  • Brush hard-to-reach areas to fully clean your tail light.

Sometimes, scrubs using a sponge or wash mitt is not enough. You have to resort to a small brush to reach hard-to-reach areas of your tail light. Like the sponge, you have to soak it in your car shampoo solution. Rinse it there every so often to get rid of whatever dirt your brush got.

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  • Troubleshooting Tips for the Jeep Wrangler YJ Tail Light

    You and your buddies set out on adventure driving your Jeeps. When darkness set in, you all switched on your lights to keep the convoy visible along the dark highway. But before you finished singing Hotel California, your lead Jeep's tail light got busted. Thankfully it's only one of the two. The other one remained glowing throughout the night. Good thing coppers were not around to pull over your companion. This is why making your Jeep Wrangler YJ visible with glowing red lights from behind is essential when travelling especially in the dark. Here are some troubleshooting tips for your tail light.

    Tip #1: Switch the parking lights on and check if the tail lights are glowing.

    The parking bulbs are activated the moment you switch on your parking lights from your Jeep's lever. Put your Jeep to a complete stop, remembering to put the parking brakes on. Get off your Jeep and inspect the behind of your vehicle. Do the two headlights glow red? If yes, you are good to go. If one or both tail lights do not emit a red light, then it means you might have to replace bulbs or redo the wiring.

    Tip #2: Activate your signal lights via the turn signal lever or hazard lights button.

    Do you want to make sure that your amber turn lights are still working? Activate these bulbs by using your turn signal lever or hazard lights button. Before you do this, you have to make sure that your Jeep is properly parked with the parking brakes activated. After switching the lights, move to the rear of your vehicle and inspect. Are they blinking at their normal intervals? Rapid blinking or no blink at all means a bulb is busted. Check your system and have that specific bulb replaced.

    Tip #3: Check your brake lights by stepping on the pedal.

    This should be done with a buddy watching from behind your Jeep. To see if your brake lights are working, depress your brake pedal and have your buddy check if there is a glow from the pair of tail lights.