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Subaru Forester Tail Light Assembly

Common Causes of Problems with the Subaru Forester Tail Light Assembly

A faulty tail light assembly on your Subaru Forester will not only cause hassle to you and your passengers, it can also increase the risk of tickets or even accidents on the road. Make sure that all the lights in your tail light assembly are working properly. Also, regularly check for damages that could be caused by hash weather conditions and harmful road debris such as rocks, pebbles, mud, or sticks. Here's how to spot problems in your Subaru Forester's tail light assembly and determine what causes them.

A single tail light has stopped working.

If you noticed that one of your tail lights has stopped working, immediately check the bulb. This problem could be caused by a burned out bulb with a broken filament. Examine your bulb first before buying a replacement bulb. If the bulbs don't appear to be burned out, then this failure could be caused by a problem in the ignition of your Subaru Forester.

Multiple lights have stopped working.

If two or more lights in your tail light assembly have stopped working, check your fuse by looking at the thin metal strip inside it. This problem could be caused by a blown fuse. However, if your fuse isn't blown, you should also check your brake light switch. This switch is a small box-like object that is usually attached to the brake pedal arm. Use a circuit tester or test light to examine the brake light switch. Make sure that one of its two wires will be hot and the other one isn't when you depress the brake. If only one of the wires is hot, then that means your brake light switch is in good condition. If the problem still persists, another thing to check is your turn signal.

Bulb and fuse are not blown but the lights are still not working.

If the lights in your Subaru Forester's tail light assembly are still not working even if the bulbs and the fuse are in good condition, then it's time to check the wiring. Problems like this could also be the result of damages in the wiring. Make it a point to check all the connections and look for signs of corrosion in the internal surfaces. Also make sure that they are solid and properly connected as loose wiring could also be a possible culprit.

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  • How to Keep the Tail Light Assembly of Your Subaru Forester in Good Condition 04 March 2014

    Your tail light assembly is one of the components in your car that will guarantee your safety on the road in any driving condition. Unfortunately, a lot of harmful elements such as moisture, heat, and road debris can cause damage on your Subaru Forester's tail light assembly. Although these kinds of damage cannot be completely avoided, it would still be best to do a regular maintenance routine on your car's light assembly to keep every component inside in great working condition. Here are a few tips on how to take care of your vehicle's tail light assembly.

    • Watch out for moisture.
    • Always keep your Subaru Forester's tail light assembly free from moisture because this problem can cause a significant amount of damage on your tail lights and impair its overall performance. Aside from dimming the illumination of your tail lights, having moisture enter your tail light assembly may also lead to a short circuit, which can be dangerous especially when you're driving at night.
    • Keep the seals tight.
    • Make it a point to check your tail lights for signs of moisture because a small droplet of condensation could lead to more water droplets getting inside the lens cover. Aside from moisture, dust and dirt may also enter the tail lights and cause more problems. To avoid getting water and dirt inside your tail lights, keep the lights tightly sealed by plugging the area where leaks could occur. You can also use a Teflon tape or a plumber's tape to wrap the outer ring of the headlight bulb sockets.
    • Get rid of the scratches.
    • Pebbles, rocks, sticks, mud, and other road debris can cause scratches and deep gouges when they strike the lens' surface. These signs of damage can be easily removed by washing the inside and outside of the tail light lens with soap and water and removing the gasket material stuck on the contact surface with a scraper or a razor blade. Rubbing the inside of the lens with a 120-grit and a 320-grit dipped in cold water will also help remove the scratches. Just make sure that you apply only medium sanding strokes in circular motions. Using a plastic polish and a high-grade, water-resistant car wax as a final coat will also add protection to the interior and exterior of the lens.