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Toyota Tacoma Tail Light Assembly

What Causes Problems in a Toyota Tacoma Tail Light Assembly

A malfunctioning Toyota Tacoma tail light assembly should never be taken for granted. Any kind of failure in this component requires your immediate attention as it can result in a ticket or even an accident. So when you notice that your car's tail lights are not working as they should be, it's time to do a serious inspection to see what are causing these problems. Here's a simple guide on how to troubleshoot your tail light assembly.

One of the tail lights stopped working

If you noticed that a single tail light in your Toyota Tacoma's tail light assembly has stopped working, it could be caused by a burned out bulb. Remove the bulbs and examine it for broken filaments. You can access the tail lights behind the trim in your car's trunk. You might also have to remove the tail light lens cover to access the bulb. If one of the bulbs' filaments appears to be broken, you will have to replace the bulb immediately so you wouldn't have to drive with only one tail light working.

Two or more lights fail at the same time

If multiple lights on your tail light assembly fail at once, this could be a sign of a blown fuse. Inspect the fuse by looking at the thin metal strip inside it to check if it's damaged. You can refer to your car's manual for the location of the fuse box if you can't find it. It also indicates the position of the tail light fuse. Sometimes, this problem may also be caused by broken filaments inside the bulb. Aside from that, overheating of the metal contacts at the bottom of the bulb may also be a possible culprit behind the failure of multiple lights in your tail light assembly.

The bulb and fuse are in good condition but the problems still persist

If you have checked both the bulb and the fuse and none of them seem to be damaged, then it's time to take a look at your wiring system. Check your tail light assembly for damaged or loose wires. Make sure that all connections are solid and watch out for signs of corrosion in the internal surfaces.

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  • Tips On How To Keep Your Toyota Tacoma Tail Light Assembly In Good Condition 04 March 2014

    They may look like simple components but the tail lights are an indispensable part of your Toyota Tacoma. The entire tail light assembly plays a huge part in ensuring your safety on the road. But just like any other car part, your car's tail light assembly will also be in need of a repair or replacement sooner or later. That's why it's important that you know how properly maintain your tail lights to avoid the hassle of driving with faulty ones. Here are a few helpful tips in keeping your Toyota Tacoma tail light assembly in perfect condition:

    • Watch out for fractures and burns.
    • One way to keep your tail light assembly in good shape is to keep checking for fractures and burns as these are the usual problems that tail lights suffer from. If you noticed that the light filament is busted, then that means you'll have to get new bulbs. Failure to replace fractured tail lights might cause water vapor to form inside and blow up when it gets stuck in the bulbs.
    • Avoid getting moisture inside the tail light assembly.
    • To avoid getting water vapor formation inside the tail light assembly, try pushing your bulbs into the socket where a small rubber or foam gasket is located. Pushing and twisting the bulbs into the housing will cause the gasket to compress and seal the opening. This will prevent any form of water or dirt from entering your tail light assembly. However, if the small gasket has been compressed too much and doesn't properly seal the opening anymore, you can use petroleum jelly to seal it temporarily until you have a new gasket to replace it with.
    • Check electrical connections on a regular basis.
    • Make it a habit to check the electrical connections in your tail light assembly on a regular basis. This is a great way to keep track of its condition and easily detect tail light defects and other problems. Doing this will also help your tail lights to emit better quality of light. You may even replace the single-filament bulbs with high-powered ones if your want to improve the intensity of your lights.