Determining Issues with Your Toyota Tacoma Tail Lights
The tail lights in your pickup truck are important safety features. They are the red running lights that let the drivers behind you know of your presence. They are particularly important during the night where many road accidents occur due to lack in illumination. The tail lights are prone to some issues such as loose bulbs and wiring problems. To ensure safety, you need to keep a watchful eye for these problems. Following are some signs that would help you determine damage in your tail lights.
Both tail lights not working
The most common symptom of issues with your tail lights is when they do not emit light at all. This is usually caused by a loose light bulb socket. Your tail lights work with the electric system of your truck. This means that they should have continuous and consistent connections from the battery to the bulbs. A loose bulb socket would disrupt the current flow, resulting in a malfunction of the tail lights.
One of the tail lights not working
Many Toyota Tacoma owners are frustrated with just one of their tail lights working. This can be caused by a number of possible sources. It may be a blown bulb, loose bulb socket, faulty wiring, or damaged relay. The best thing you can do once you experience this issue is to start inspecting the bulb and go deeper into the relay. You should determine the cause of the problem along the way.
Lens moisture in your Toyota Tacoma tail lights
Your tail light assemblies are supposed to be sealed well to prevent contamination of their internal parts. Moisture is a sign that the assemblies already developed small cracks that allow moisture entry. These cracks can grow bigger and cause more problems. In the occurrence of lens moisture, you should have it immediately dried with hair dryer. You must also apply silicone gel on the assemblies to seal them better.
Dashboard and tail lights do not operate
If your Toyota Tacoma tail lights and the dashboard signals for them do not turn on, the tail light circuit may be damaged. The circuit of your tail lights controls both the dashboard signals and the light assemblies. Your tail light circuit is located at the relay box found right behind your battery under the hood.