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:
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.
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.