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Toyota Pickup Corner Light

Toyota Pickup Corner Light: Diagnosing Difficulties and Quick-Fix Solutions

Corner lights on your Toyota Pickup-or any vehicle for that matter-are the most simple yet underappreciated safety feature you have available to you. Think of them as intervehicular communication. They allow you to visually indicate intent to vehicles around you so that they can react accordingly. Whether it's a turn or lane shift, the corner lights have you covered. They're so important, in fact, that there are federal regulations governing their use, and simply not having them installed is enough to get you a ticket. There are a few things that you can do to make sure they're in the best of shape.

No lights

This is about the absolute worst that things can get with your lights. It's understandable, though, most people gloss over their corner lights. It helps to test it often-right before you leave in the morning, for instance. If you find that it doesn't work when you engage the switch, there are two things that you can look over. First is the bulb. Sometimes, after long years of use, the bulb simply gets lose or even burns out. Most often, replacing it will get it working again. Second-if the first fix fails-you can look through the wiring. Again, it's a matter of normal deterioration over the years. If the wires are simply frayed or exposed, then a bit of electrical tape can patch things up until replacements are available. Ultimately, it's better to replace the parts that make up the corner light because doing so guarantees a longer period of time before it breaks down again.

Unresponsive switch

Rarer a problem is with the control switch for the corner lights. The components that make up a switch, you see, are durable and built to last a long time. When they break down, it usually is something really serious that merits more than a quick-fix. In fact, the only quick fix that is available to you is if the handle snaps off-you can duct tape that to temporarily retain functionality. Beyond that requires a full overhaul and replacement.

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  • Keeping Your Toyota Pickup Corner Light in Tiptop Shape 27 February 2013

    For those who have driven around for a very long time, their Toyota Pickup's corner lights become something of an afterthought. Sure, we use them, but we don't really fully grasp their importance in the greater scheme of things. It's kind of understandable, really. After all, corner lights are simply a way to visually communicate our intentions to drivers around us-be it turning or simply switching lanes. Because we can't just shout at each other over the noise of the open road, it's a pretty useful function that helps to quietly maintain road safety. That's why it's very important to keep it in the best condition possible.


    Keep it spotless inside out


    Though they do not illuminate the road ahead in the same way that the headlights do, it's still very important to keep the lens of your corner lights clean and free from dirt. After all, people have to see it to know what you plan to do. Keeping your corner lights clean is pretty much the same as with your headlights.


    The first step is the basic cleaning procedure using soap, water, and a soft, clean rag. If you want to go the extra mile, you should include polishing the lens off. The common thing to do will be to purchase a professional lens cleaner. If you're on a budget, however, you can do it using toothpaste mixed with baking soda as a substitute. This homemade, affordable polisher can be applied onto the lens, and does the trick every time.


    When cleaning the inside, it's important to remember that water should not be allowed anywhere near the electrical components-in fact, all you need to do is brush or wipe away any dirt and dust that has collected on the wires or in the assembly.


    Monitor the condition of things


    Lastly, it's also important that you monitor the state and condition of the components that make up the corner lights. Use clear epoxy paste on minor cracks in the lens and the assembly holding the corner lights in place. Check the wires for any fraying-this might lead to short circuiting later on. It's important that you replace anything that needs to be changed before it leads to a costlier problem later.