Solving Common Toyota Pickup Tail Lights Problems
Your Toyota Pick tail lights are more than just parts that give pretty lights to your car's metal booty. Tail lights are important safety features both for you and the driver behind you. So to save you the hassle of explaining to the cops why you chose to drive a car with a lightless back, here are some simple ways to solve the common tail lights problems.
In case you're wondering, old age isn't the only thing that can cause your Toyota Pickup tail lights to burn out. If you've been replacing the tail lights far too often than your friends, then the problem may no longer be on the bulbs that you keep purchasing.
First thing to consider is your car's reflector, if you have one. A loose reflector risks touching the bulb glass which may cause the reflector to melt. This would then cause the light bulb to overheat and burn out faster than usual. To avoid this, you would just need to tighten the reflector.
Second, you need to take extra caution when you're handling the bulb (during the installation or even when you're inspecting it before purchasing). Fingerprints and oil on halogen bulbs and, more so, xenon bulbs would increase the chances of them overheating. Using a hand glove or even a piece of cloth during the installation is highly recommended.
If you observe that more than one bulb do not light up, then you likely have a broken or burnt fuse. A simple look at the fuse box would verify this; you may need to replace a part or two in the assembly. The fuse box is placed differently across vehicle types and car models so it is best to consult your car's manual.
There is also a chance that the bulb and the fuse are fine but the tail light still won't go on. If this is the case, you likely have a problem with the electrical wirings connected to the light assembly. You can check the wires near the tail light as well as under the car; they may have been damaged or loosened through time. The connections need to be solid and, of course, intact, while the surfaces should not show signs of corrosion.