Troubleshooting Your LED Tail Lights

LED tail lights need some fixing from time to time. They sometimes burn out and require a new bulb, or they simply just don't work. It can become frustrating for anyone trying to figure out what's wrong. However, there are a couple of common problems that are easily fixed if you know what you are looking for.

Below are some ways you can troubleshoot your non working LED tail lights and get them running again without a problem. Fortunately any replacements needed for the problems below can be found easily, and you don't need to spend much money to get them either.


The first thing you will want to check is to make sure that there is electricity flowing from the battery. This may seem obvious, but it is one of the most common problems when dealing with LED tail lights that are not working. You can check the electricity flow by simply trying to use your horn. Honk the horn. If it makes sound, that will tell you that the battery isn't the problem.

Now that you have crossed out one thing that may have been the problem, you can move on to the next.

Replace the Bulbs

One of the most common, and simplest problems to fix is burnt out bulbs. These bulbs obviously need replacing. You can find replacement bulbs at any automotive store. Just make sure you purchase the right size and make to match your vehicle. Purchasing a bulb that does not fit the type of vehicle you have only causes the lights to either not work at all or work for a bit, but soon burn out.

Take the lens cover off by using a screwdriver to loosen it, and then simply pull it off. Make sure you are careful in laying the cover down and away from the site you are working on. You will need the same screws to re-attach your cover when you are done.

Now that the bulb is exposed, you can take the bulb and turn it counterclockwise until the bulb is loosened, and then you can remove it.

Insert the new bulb by inserting it into the area and turning it clockwise until it is securely in. Press on your brakes and see if your tail lights are working with the new bulb.

If they are working, you can replace your tail light covers. If you are still having problems, a new fuse might be the answer. This is explained next.

Replace the Fuse

Locate the control panel inside your vehicle. This houses all your fuses. Find the one that is labeled "tail lights," and remove it from it's area.

You can purchase a new fuse from any auto shop, making sure to get the right make for the vehicle that you own. Insert the new fuse into place until you hear a click.

Try out your brake lights once again. Hopefully, by using the troubleshooting techniques described above, your vehicles lights are once again in working order.