How to Deal With Failed Tail Lights in an Audi
You love your Audi and enjoy commuting in your stylish vehicle. Even though your Audi may be the epitome of elegance, it is not immune to mechanical issues. You should always be aware of how your vehicle is functioning, and if there are any signs of mechanical failure. It is important to fix problems you find sooner rather than later.
One safety issue you should always be aware of is night driving. You are required by law to have operational headlights, tail lights, and brake lights. Tail light failure can be a very extreme safety hazard. A car that is travelling behind you at night could be speeding along. Even with their headlights engaged, they may not know you are in front of them until they are nearly colliding with your bumper. Making sure your tail lights are actively working is required by law for a good reason. It ensures the safety of both yourself and fellow drivers.
The Difference Between Tail Lights and Brake Lights
This may be obvious to some, but to those who are new vehicle owners or are new to driving may need an important refresher. Tail lights and brake lights are both on the back of the vehicle. The same red-tinted external covering (also known as a globe in auto-mechanic terms) covers both the tail lights and brake lights. The tail lights come on when you switch on your headlights for night driving. The brake lights come on when you press your foot down on the brakes.
Test your lights periodically to make sure you are all set for night driving; it only takes a few seconds! To test your tail lights, all you have to do is turn on the ignition, and turn on your headlights. Have a friend stand behind your vehicle to report if your tail lights are working. If they are not working, there are several solutions you can try.
Try Replacing the Light Bulbs
One reason for tail light failure is that the light bulbs in your tail light blew out. Even with improving technology that makes light bulbs last longer, they will eventually run their course and stop working. When replacing a blown out light bulb, find a replacement that is LED, and specifically designed for Audis. LED bulbs are some of the longest lasting bulbs on the market. Installing bulbs designed for an Audi ensures that your vehicle will not only look its best, but it will run the smoothest it can. If you are unsure of where to find Audi parts, turn to a mechanic that stocks Audi certified replacement parts.
When replacing bulbs, it is important to also note if there is any corrosion or damage to the sockets. Corrosion is build up that occurs especially when a vehicle has been exposed to a variety of different elements. It can also build up if a light bulb has been installed in a socket for a long time. The build up can block light bulbs from receiving electricity. Also noting damage is important. A damaged socket not only prevents your tail lights from working properly, it could turn into a safety hazard.
If Replacement Doesn’t Work…
Sometimes even if you have brand new bulbs installed, cleaned out the bulb socket, and checked for damage, your tail lights still may not work. Other electronic connectivity issues could be to blame. This means that the wiring between the vehicle’s headlights and tail lights are not corresponding. You could turn on your headlights, but some sort of electrical failure is not turning on the tail lights as well.
Trust the Pros
For this reason, if you have issues with your tail lights, it is important to get your Audi checked out by trusted, certified mechanics. The professionals at Cerrone’s European are highly qualified to examine speciality European vehicles (including Audi’s!) and detect any underlying problems. Serving the Redwood City, CA area, Cerrone’s European is a family business that has been in operation since 1976.
With over 40 years in the European automotive industry, our professionals at Cerrone’s will be able to fix any difficulties you may be having with your Audi tail lights. Why go through the hassle of trying to replace your tail lights, when our certified Audi auto-mechanics at Cerrone’s can take care of it quickly and professionally? Additionally, we have all the equipment, knowledge, and experience at our fingertips should we encounter a complex tail light issue. Get in contact with us today and help us resolve your any of your Audi issues!
* Audi TT RS Tail Light image credit goes to: nrqemi.