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Mazda Tribute Fog Lights

Culprits behind Having No Light Output on Mazda Tribute Fog Lights

Fog lights are quite important when it comes to driving through low-visibility weather. When something goes wrong with your Mazda Tribute fog lights, it is very important for you to be able to identify the real problem so you can provide the real solution. The most common problem encountered with fog lights is having no light output, which can have a wide range of causes. Here are some troubleshooting tips to help you pinpoint the exact problem:

Burned out fog light bulb

Since the fog lights are quite easy to remove, check the bulb of the fog light that is not working. But remember to unplug the electrical plug from the fog light assembly before getting to work. When ready, turn the fog light counterclockwise to remove the bulb from the housing. If you see any black or dark burn marks, it's time to replace the bulbs.

Broken or blown fuse

When the fog lights don't light up, it may be caused by a blown or broken fuse. To know for sure, open the fuse panel and check the fuse for the fog lights. Make sure the metal strip inside it is not blown or broken. Otherwise, you will have to replace it with a new one.

Damaged or frayed wires

Another cause of no light output is damaged or frayed wiring. To check, open the hood and trace the wiring from the fog lights to the firewall. Observe the wires for any damages to the wiring. If you see any frayed wires, make sure you contact a professional mechanic to take care of that to avoid burning up your Mazda Tribute from under the hood. If you don't see any damages, though, you may use a voltmeter to check if there is any electricity flowing to and from the fuse. If you are able to get a reading, electricity is flowing, and the fault does not lie in these wires.

Faulty switch

Test your fog light switch inside the cabin by using a voltmeter. And same as with the wires, if you get a reading, it means electricity is getting through the switch. Otherwise, you may need to replace the faulty switch.

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  • Keeping the Mazda Tribute Fog Lights in Top Condition 27 February 2013

    The main function of Mazda Tribute fog lights is to light up the road as you drive through a gloomy night or stormy weather. These lights also let others see you through the bad weather, helping you to avoid collisions. Aside from this, these can also give your Mazda Tribute an added aesthetical value since you won't have to drive around with holes on your front bumper. Here are a few tips to keep your fog lights in top condition:


    Seal up the housing.


    Condensation can occur inside the fog light lenses and diminish the crucial useful light. To prevent any moisture or any other contaminants from entering into your Mazda Tribute fog lights, make sure you have the proper sealants. Do not use glue when resealing because it will eventually dry up and crack over time, creating yet another leak. You may use some Teflon tape to seal around the headlight bulb socket, applying it thoroughly and tightly. For the seams, you may use silicone sealants.


    Don't leave the fog light bulb out.


    When cleaning the fog light lens, don't leave the bulb out of the housing for a long time. Dust, moisture, smoke, and other pollutants may enter the fog light body and cause a negative effect on the performance of the fog lights. This is because the bulbs have high-pressure halogen gas in them, which may cause them to break with the slightest scratch or impact.


    Repair yellow, foggy, scratched, and chipped fog light lens.


    As the fog lights are always exposed to all sorts of debris, they can get scratched and chipped. Also, the harmful UV rays of the sun breaks down the plastic material of the fog light lenses, resulting in a thick, yellow, and foggy film on the surface. To remove all these, you may use a clean rag dipped in some denatured alcohol to rub the lens. Then, let it dry for a couple of minutes to soften up the film and make it easier for you to clear it off with a wet 800-grit sandpaper. Just rub the area from side to side for about a minute. Use the 1000-grit sandpaper next and do the same. Afterwards, use a 1500-grit sandpaper to let out a clear, translucent finish. Finally, apply some car wax on the surface of the lens, let it dry for a minute, and then buff it with a clean corner of the rag.