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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Tail Light Lens
A cracked tail light lens will progressively get worse until the tail lights won't work, so make sure to routinely check them before they fail.
How Long Does a Tail Light Lens Last?
Your car has a number of crucial lights – the headlights, turn signals, backup lights, tail lights, brake lights and more. On the rear of the vehicle, your lights are encased...
How to Repair Tail Lights
When most people experience problems with their car’s tail lights, usually replacing the bulb with a new one corrects the problem. However, sometimes it’s more than a light...
How to Tint Your Tail Lights
The car that you drive is a reflection on your personality. If something on your car doesn’t quite fit the mold, you can customize it so that it suits...
How Hot Do Headlight and Taillight Bulbs Get?
All light bulbs get hot when in use – it’s the nature of how they work. With the exception of LEDs and fluorescent bulbs, light bulbs work on the principle of resistance. Electric current...
How to Glue a Taillight Lens
Cracked or chipped taillights are dangerous and can result in a ticket. Glue the missing piece into the light until you can get it replaced.
What Do the Headlight Indicators Mean?
Headlight indicators help you know if your headlights, taillights, and high beams are on for your car.
How to Replace a Tail Light on SUVs, Vans, and Hatchbacks
Tail lights are vital for safety on the road. Over time, a tail light may burn out and require you to replace a bulb or the whole assembly.
How to Remove Water from a Tail Light
Tail lights are vital to alert others on the road of our intentions. If a seal is broken, water or condensation can prematurely wear out a tail light.
4 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Reverse Lights
Reverse lights are also called backup lights. They are used to warn other vehicles and...
4 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Tail Lights
Tail lights are red lights on the back of a vehicle. They are turned on...
How to Buy Good Quality Tail Lamp Bulbs
As you drive along a dark and winding road in your vehicle one of the things you’re counting on is for other vehicles to be able to spot you. This is...

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I have no tail lights but all other lights work
Hey there. You should check to see if you have front parking lights. If the front parking lights work, then the rear parking lights will have bad bulbs or sockets for the bulbs. The front and rear parking lights are...
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Tail lights intermittent and brake lights sometimes stay on, then I tap brake pedal and they shut off?
Hi there. The intermittent tail lights may be, a poor connection at the fuse. The headlight switch may be the cause for the intermittent tail lights. The brake lights staying on, is most likely, a faulty brake light switch. The...
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Keep blowing a tail light fuse.
Assuming that no wiring was damaged during the install of the aftermarket lights, (i.e., cut insulation causing a short to ground), if the fuse started blowing right after the install that means the LED assembly is drawing more current than...
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All lights are working except my tail lights. What's the problem?
The front and rear parking lights are on the same circuit, so first, check to see if the front parking lights are working. If the parking lights are not working with the headlight switch in the on position, then locate...
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Noise & vibration from the passenger tail light or trunk area.
Hi there. Check the taillight or the trunk to see if its loose. A vibration will occur on the taillight or trunk when they are loose. This happens easily when there is an amp in the vehicle or when the...
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No brake lights, tail lights, or turn signals - 1993 Chevrolet S10
Hello. It sounds like there is a short between multiple circuits. Most of the time this occurs at the fuse box. I have also seen this occur in the firewall bulk connector. I would usually take the connectors off of...
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I replaced the tailight assembly but the the brake light still won't turn on.
You will need to do some further testing to figure out where the issue is. This is going to require you trace the power supply from the brake pedal to the bulb. All of the following can be the cause...
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Tail lights and running lights won't work - 1996 Toyota RAV4
Hello - check first for a blown fuse since it sounds like all your "rear" lighting has failed. A bad ground for the rear lighting (or broken ground wire) could also cause a complete rear of the vehicle lighting issue....
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What does 'auxiliary battery malfunction' mean? Also, I hit a trailer and broke a taillight yesterday, should I go to repair shop or dealer?
Your car has two batteries. One conventional sized battery manages the heavy loads like the starter and one smaller battery manages the body loads. The smaller battery is the auxiliary battery and it must be failing. Part of the point...
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2012 honda civic rear taillights not working brake lights working
Hello, thank you for writing in. The most common cause of your symptoms is the fuse blowing. If the fuse is good, the next place you want to look is to the switch. The headlight switch may be shorting out...
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Can I buy a replacement lens for a broken tail light lens, or do I need to buy a whole new light?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The plastic covers or "lenses" for the taillights are not sold separately. You will have to buy the entire taillight unit if you want to make that repair. Now, keep in mind that you...
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Dark need tail lights an dash lights to work to get home.
Hi there. Hot wiring lights can be dangerous and could cause other problems. If you need the lights to work and all they are is just the dash and tail lights so you can get home, you could get a...
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Instrument cluster and tail lights are not working
Hello. The symptoms you describe can be caused by a few different things, possibly two separate issues. The first thing I would do is check the vehicle's fuses to make sure that none of them are blown out. It may...
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How can I get tail lights and console lights to work?
Hi there. First check the fuse box for any blown fuses. Then check the relays to see if any of the lights relay are activating. If the relays are activating, then you will need to check the wiring harness to...
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electrical issue and the tail light bulbs keep popping.
Hi there. Sounds like there is a few different electrical issues with your vehicle. Check the door courtesy light switch for a loose ground or a short in the wire. A loose ground will cause the interior lights to work...
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Q: Brake light issue
The rear brake light on the right uses the same power as the one on the left. If you are getting brake lights on the left side but not on the right, then you will need to test the right...
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My 2002 Buick Regal no dash lights and no tail lights
Looking at the wiring diagram for this vehicle, it does not appear that these two items share a common ground or fuse. These appears to be two separate problems. The instrument clusters on these vehicles are known for failing internally....
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how do i get my dash and tail lights to work they went out back to back
If the headlights or license plate lights come on, that might eliminate the stalk mounted combination switch from consideration, as well as the fuse and/or fusible links. In a situation like this where you know the switch is in the...
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Water leaking from passenger trunk tail light lens
Hello, and thank you for writing in. There should be no other devices holding the unit into place. They are designed to fit snugly and are meant to stay in place, so you will just have to be gently forceful...
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My headlights, blinkers, and brake lights work but the taillights, interior lights, and dash lights don't work. All fuses, relays, and switches are good.
Hi there. There is either a break in the wiring on the lighting circuits for the main light switch or the ground wire to the main light switch for the running lights is loose or not hooked up. Check the...

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