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Re: taillights won't work
You also have a tail light relay that is sometimes under the hood that may not be relaying the power or controls to the bulb. If you're under warranty though, I would take it to a dealer if not a would call around to an auto parts place and see what they have to say.
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Hi, without knowing any further degtails of the failure, I will suggest the following, First, the most common cause of a cars taillights failing to come on is a failed fuse. Take note that a fuse can go bad on its own or it can be blown by a short circuit or an overload. In either case, the cause would have to be located and repaired.
In your 1988 Acura Legend, the fuse is located inside the passenger compartment and on the fuse panel. The panel is located behind either the driver side or passenger side kickpanel.
If the fuse is bad, replace it. If this solves the problem and the replacement fuse holds, then you're all set.
If the fuse for the taillights is good, you must trace the wiring from the fuse block to the headlamp switch located on the steering coluum. If you have current up to that point, you need to track the current from the switch through the wiring and back to the taillights themselves. If you loose current somewhere enroute , then check for broken wiring or a loose or corroded connector.
If you track current all the way to the actual taillight socket, then check the relationship between the socket and the bulbs themselves. Is the wiring pulled loose from the socket or not connected well? Use a 12 volt test lamp to check for current at the connections inside the sockets and of course insure the bulbs are the correct type and are in good working order.
Now during you do not have any taillights, I suspect either a bad light switch or bad tailight fuse. Good Luck.
what type of light? turn signal,taillight,or brake light. if the right rear isn't working but the left rear is on the the brake light or the taillight then the problem isn't the fuse(the share the same fuse). may want to check the bulb socket on the right rear. the contacts get hot and melt the socket and the housing.
Instructions on how to change the bulbs should be inside your owners manual.But here you go;
Lift the tailgate and ensure that it is properly supported.
Remove the two screws at the top of the taillight assembly
with a Phillips screwdriver. Set both screws together, to the side of
your work area.
Grasp the taillight assembly horizontally on the left and
right. Slowly pull the assembly toward you and away from the truck's
frame. Use care while you're pulling the taillight assembly as there
will still be wiring connected to it. Once the assembly is away from the
frame lay it down on the bumper.
Remove the brake light socket from the taillight assembly.
Rotate the socket a quarter-turn counter-clockwise to unlock it from the
assembly. Withdraw the socket slowly from the hole on the taillight
assembly to avoid breaking the brake light bulb.
Remove the brake light bulb from its socket by grasping it
between three fingers and pulling it straight out of the socket. Put on
some latex gloves before you touch the new brake light bulb.
Place a small hairline bead of dielectric grease on the metal
contacts at the base, on both sides of the brake light bulb. If the
grease gets anywhere on the glass portion of the bulb, discard it and
start with a fresh bulb. This grease is not absolutely necessary.
Insert the brake light bulb back into its socket. Push down on the bulb gently until it seats itself.
Now that it's connected carefully insert the bulb into the
socket back through the hole on the taillight assembly. Lock the socket
back in place by rotating it a quarter-turn clockwise. Do not over
rotate the socket. When it locks in place, you stop rotating.
Lift the taillight assembly up off the bumper. Position it so
that it's ready for re-installation. Push the assembly back into place
on the frame. Make sure that all of its wires are tucked back behind it
and that no wires get pinched.
Reinstall the two mounting screws and tighten them a quarterturn past hand tight. Shut the lift gate door.
The right side tail light and plate light get their power
from from the left side. The first thing to do is change
the bulb, if this fails, use a 12v test light or meter (the
light easier in this case) and check the power wire
from left to right. If you have power from socket to socket, check the ground, if you have good power and ground and a new bulb. Replace the socket.
Hope this helps. Good luck.