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Toyota Pickup Tail Lights

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.

Burnt bulbs

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.

Burnt fuses

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.

Loose connections

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.

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  • Ways to Keep Your Toyota Pickup Tail Lights in Shape

    If you tell us that tail lights can be left unattended for months, then we would assume that you just started driving yesterday. Your Toyota Pickup tail lights are important because they exist for nothing less than your safety as well as the other drivers' on the road. To ensure that the light bulbs continue to look out for your safety, here are some tips to help you maintain them in good shape:

    Don't keep a burnt light bulb installed any longer

    It's surprisingly common for drivers to just ignore a burnt light bulb; for as long as the cops won't spot you, right? That is where you're wrong. A broken filament inside the bulb risks a build-up of water vapor. This may cause the tail light to blow up; not too ignorable now right? You need to replace a burnt or damaged light bulb as soon as possible to avoid any further damage. If you're a little low on cash at the moment, it may best to just take the bulb out and leave the assembly bulb-less until you got some coins to spare.

    Check the connections regularly

    Through time or because of rough terrains, the electrical connections of your Toyota Pickup tail lights may become too loose or, worse, be cut off. A quick look at the wires near the bulbs and assembly once a month or every two months is good enough.

    Another thing to check is the socket assembly. There is a chance for dust, dirt, or any other stuff to build-up in the socket, causing a dimmer light. If these parts are far from being saved by cleaning, replacing them is the only way to go.

    Check the reflectors if you have them

    Some tail lights have reflectors which may become loose after some time. A loose reflector may touch the bulb and eventually melt, causing the bulb to overheat. A quick retightening of the reflector is enough solve this.

    Handle the bulbs properly

    A lot of people do not know that their fingerprints and oil on the bulb is harmful. Especially for xenon bulbs, these can cause the bulb to overheat and burn out faster. It is advisable to use gloves or small pieces of clothes when handling the bulbs during a DIY task.