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Toyota Tail Light Assembly

Troubles with the Toyota Tail Light Assembly

Vehicles are equipped with tail lights to ensure safety, especially when driving at night. This also enables the drivers to maintain safe distance from your car. However, it's unavoidable for this part to give up on you if you don't take good care of it. Here are some troubleshooting tips that can prepare and help you out in case the Toyota tail light assembly goes south.

Light bulb problem

If you're driving at night and only one tail light is working, then there must be something wrong with the other one. Oftentimes, when only one tail light assembly is functioning, it just simply means that the light bulb is the culprit. With the engine off, lift the trunk of your Toyota and remove the fasteners and trim that protect the tail light assembly. Take out the faulty bulb and get a new one. Remember that you should check the manual to know what kind of bulb to get as a replacement. If the issue is a malfunctioning light bulb, this should solve the problem right away. This is a whole lot better compared to getting the entire tail light assembly replaced.

Faulty fuse

If the previous tip didn't work, then it could indicate that there's a faulty fuse that needs to get replaced right away. Usually, a symptom for this would be when both tail lights refuse to function. With the engine off, open the glove compartment since this is where the fuse box is located. Look for the tail lamp fuse and replace it with a new one. Take note that you'll also have to review the manual to be sure that you install the correct fuse that's meant for your car. This should make the tail light assembly work again.

Damaged wires

Take a good look at the wiring through the housing of the tail light assembly and inspect if it's damaged or if there's a short circuit. If there's a short in the wire, you can just easily get this replaced with a new one. But if it looks damaged, then you'll surely have to get this checked and serviced by a professional mechanic.

  • Tips and Tricks in Keeping the Toyota Tail Light Assembly in Top Condition 26 February 2013

    The tail light assembly of every vehicle must be kept working at all times. It's important to have this switched on during nighttime or in dark areas to notify the other drivers on the road to maintain proper distance. This also helps in decreasing vehicular accidents during the night. However, it's quite inevitable for this component to get damaged sooner or later, but there are some ways that you can do to try to make it last longer. Here are some tips and tricks on how to keep the Toyota tail light assembly in top shape.


    Clean moisture buildup.

    It's inevitable for moisture to build up inside the tail light assembly especially with the different road and weather conditions. If there's a crack in the lens, then it's inevitable for droplets or dust to enter the assembly. This could lead to a short circuit and can dim the light; it's also dangerous because other drivers won't be able to notice you especially if the road is foggy. Once you notice that there's a crack, make sure to seal it right away. Also, clean the moisture buildup once in a while with fresh rags or paper towels. This will significantly help in the longevity of the performance of the tail light assembly.


    Refurbish the tail light lens.

    If you don't do proper upkeep with the tail light assembly, the lenses could go really bad especially when they become swirled, hazed, and scuffed. These will look so worn out that you might think that you should get them replaced. Refurbishing them is really easy that you'll only need automotive soap to get the job done. Just spray it all over the lens and rub it clean with a sponge. Also, you should soak a 1500-grit sandpaper in a bucket full of water for 20 minutes and rub it against the lens until you get it smooth.


    Remove scratches from the lens.

    Because of the different road conditions, it's unavoidable for flying objects, such as tiny rocks or debris, to hit the tail light lens and get it scratched. If this happens, it can cause it to crack and dust would be able to enter the crevices and can damage the tail light assembly. You can get the scratches off the lenses by simply washing them with soap and water and a gentle brush. Rubbing sandpaper should also restore the lens and get rid of the visible scratches.