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Mazda Tribute Tail Light Assembly

Mazda Tribute Tail Light Assembly: Trouble Diagnosis and Treatment

In a way, the Mazda Tribute tail light assembly is a very important safety feature on your SUV because it participates in preventing danger before it can even come close. Housing the ubiquitous turn and stop signal lights on the back of your vehicle, the assembly helps you to effectively communicate your intentions to fellow drivers so that they can react to you accordingly. It's a passive thing, of course, as the assembly isn't anything more than hardened plastic in most cases-but it's still relevant as it provides all-weather protection and support for your tail lights. A broken down assembly can take the tail lights with it-opening a wide world of police pull-overs or even accidents. Here are a couple of things to look out for:

Failing lights

The most obvious effect of a busted assembly is a failure of the tail lights. Granted, that might also be due to the tail lights themselves failing-but in the event it isn't that direct, there is a good chance the a collapsed assembly is damaging the wiring of the lights themselves. This is the most extreme-case scenario-not something you'll likely encounter regularly-but it is a good indicator that the assembly is beyond quick-fixing, and needs replacing immediately.

Surface damage

To prevent the abovementioned symptom from ever occurring, you should attend to your tail light assembly as soon as you notice cracks-however small-forming on the surface of your assembly. Even if there cracks are very small in nature, they can easily grow due to the constant vibrations that they are subjected to as the car runs. A little bit of putty or epoxy applied to the area certainly serves to stop the lengthening of the micro-cracks, and goes a long way to ensuring stability of the assembly as a whole.

Rattling in the rear

Sometimes, the damage is restricted to the internal components of the tail light assembly. The best way to figure this out is to carefully listen for any rattling that may take place at the rear of your SUV. With little or no parts in the rear of your SUV to cause much noise, it's easier to isolate. If you uncover light damage, it's easy enough to apply epoxy or putty. Severe damage, however, requires a full replacement.

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  • How to Keep Your Mazda Tribute Tail Light Assembly in Great Shape 27 February 2013

    The Mazda Tribute, like any vehicle, places a high premium on safety. Its tail light assembly plays a critical role in this particular aspect because it allows you to communicate your intentions to your fellow drivers on the road-keeping everyone aware so they can react accordingly. The reason that the tail light assembly is so important is because it provides the secure base to which the tail lights are attached and held in place. The fact that these are not visible on the surface makes it all the harder to notice, much less get tended to. With these tips, you can guarantee that your tail light assembly stays in the best shape for the longest possible time:


    Monthly inspections are a must.


    Few people realize that the key to proper maintenance of the tail light assembly-or any other part and component in your vehicle, really-is to always know what state it actually is in. Because parts like this assembly tend to be overlooked, people tend to be surprised when something breaks down. The first things to check out are the attachment points for the lights themselves. These areas are considered the most prone to damage due to the fact that they are exposed to the world. The things to look out for are cracks-even the tiniest of these can grow and compromise the rest of the assembly-and discolorations-these usually warn of damage inside the assembly. Cracks can be repaired with putty but it's not advisable as quick-repair jobs like that end up making the assembly structurally weaker.


    Keep things clean.


    Some people already do wash the area around their tail light assemblies, but rarely do they manage to clean the assemblies themselves. To do that would require you to really clean into the crevices and corners-the points where the tail light lens meets the assembly. Be sure to pick out dirt and grime with a damp-but not wet-cloth and, if present, polish and shine any chrome or metallic surfaces as well.