Q: Tail light that comes on after the lens cover is tapped

asked by on May 25, 2016

Hi. I've been having an issue with the tail lights in my car, that occurs sporadically. There is a warning on the dash that tail light is off when I turn these lights on. It actually is off. However, the light reacts if I tap the lens cover. It then turns on and stays that way until I turn them off and back on the following time. This is not such a serious issue, I believe, but I would like to get it fixed. What do you suggest I should check? Thanks.

This sounds like you either have bulbs that are going bad, or the more likely cause is a poor connection inside on the bulb socket. Have the light that is tapped removed and check each connection for loose pins or corrosion in the connections to the light.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

HOW MANY SPARK PLUGS DO I NEED FOR A 93 LEXUS ES300

Your car has six spark plugs, three on each "side" or "bank" of the engine. To obtain a detailed, written estimate of the cost to replace those 6 plugs, please use YourMechanic's spark plug replacement service page. To have the...

I'm getting these error codes : 2f4f, 4F81, 4F84, 4F8F

Based on the codes, one of the more likely failures relates to a break in the mechatronic sealing sleeve and adapter (BMW parts nos. 24347588725 and 24347588724). Of course there are other and additional possibilities but such can only be...

I have codes P0151, P0171, and P0174. I have changed out my O2 sensor, but now I have all these codes

Hey there. The codes you have downloaded simply relate to malfunctions in the "engine management system." It appears codes were set for oxygen sensor voltage out-of-range, possible EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) problems such as a blockage, and a generic code...

Related articles

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Lexus HS 250h
Hybrids Hybrids have come a long way in the last few years, and the 2012 Lexus HS 250h is a prime example of just how much they’ve evolved. This sedan is quiet, composed and chock-full of high tech equipment. ...
5 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Dashboard
The The dashboard in your car is the control panel of your vehicle. It provides you with all the information you need to know, as well as houses the instruments and controls for operating the vehicle properly. The dashboard provides...
How to Get Lexus Dealership Certified
Lexus dealerships offer automotive technician jobs to those who are Lexus certified through UTI’s Toyota Professional Automotive Technician program.