Driving in cities and crowded suburbs always poses problems as far as parking is concerned. You are lucky if you spot a parking place with enough space where you can maneuver and swerve your car in order to park. However the common scenario is that most parking spaces are jam-packed that having bumps in your car’s rear and front is unavoidable. Sadly, most bumps result with your tail lights getting crashed that you are compelled to replace them with new ones. If you want to get tips on how to replace a broken taillight, read these tips:
- Prepare the materials needed in replacing a broken tail light. You will need a Philips screwdriver. A socket and ratchet may also be used. Purchase a new set of tail light and turn-signal cover which you will use to replace the broken tail light. The tail light and cover can be bought from your local dealer of auto parts and supplies. Place your orders early because the stores might run out of stocks as these items were sold fast. In purchasing the lights, identify first the model and body make of your car so the dealer can find an exact match.
- Locate the tail light mechanism under the trunk of your car. Lift the trunk cover and you will find the light connections right at the back of the taillight. You may need a flashlight to see the mechanism clearly. Trace the wire fittings so you will know where to link the new bulb.
- Disconnect the broken tail light. With the use of a Phillips screwdriver, loosen the screws attaching the broken tail light or cover to its mechanism. Take note that in removing screws, you need to turn the screwdriver counterclockwise. If a screwdriver does not fit in the screw heads, use a socket and ratchet instead. Place the screws in a container so you will not misplace them.
- Brush off dust, rust and corroded parts in the assembly. Use clean and unused paint brush in cleaning the dirt then wet a piece of clean cloth with little oil and use it in wiping the tail light mechanism to prevent further corrosion.
- Replace the taillight or cover with the new one. Put back the screws in place, making sure the light is in proper alignment. You will know if the light is not properly installed if the cover will not fit or snap in place. Be careful in screwing back the tail light and avoid knocking down the bulb lest it will break.
- Test if the taillight is connected by having someone turn on the signal light switch. If the light turns on, it means it is installed the right way. If not, then there must be something wrong with the installation and you need to check and reinstall it again.
- Ensure the proper alignment of the electrical wirings connecting to the taillight. If the layout of the wirings is disarranged, there is a big chance that the electricity supply in your car will suffer from short circuit.
Replacing a broken tail light on your own can save you money as you do not need to seek the services of a mechanic anymore. Nonetheless, equip yourself with the blue print layout of your car’s mechanism so you will not go blank when you start dismantling the assembly. In any case, if you lack knowledge in this field, you better hire the services of an auto repair person who is expert with the assembly of your car.