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Hyundai Sonata Taillights

Enhance your safety with the help of conspicuous Hyundai Sonata taillights. Rear beams come in many varieties and for many uses including vehicle position marking, backing up, and signaling stops. By keeping a close eye on these parts and identifying damage early, you can keep these key components, your vehicle, and your safety record intact.

Which varieties of Sonata taillights should you be aware of?

Hyundai Sonata taillight assemblies contain more than meets the eye. Some of these little-known components include:

  • Markers: Usually red in color, these exist to mark the outer boundaries of your Sonata after dark.
  • Brake lamp: Also red but more intense than markers, brake lights activate when you press your brake pedal.
  • High-mount brake lamps: Some vehicles include brake markers mounted higher than usual. These help to enhance the visual awareness of motorists to the rear.
  • Rear fog beams: As their name suggests, rear fog beams give you better visibility when you reverse during hazy weather.
  • Rear plate markers: Many jurisdictions make it mandatory for drivers to have working rear plate markers.
What kinds of rear lights can you use on Sonatas?

Much like front headlights, rear lights for the Hyundai Sonata come in several common varieties. These include halogens, LEDs, and HIDs.

  • High-intensity discharge (HID) bulbs use charged gases to produce clear, bright beams. While HIDs come in various color temperatures, many operate in the 6,000 Kelvin range, giving them color and intensity properties similar to noontime sunlight.
  • Light emitting diodes (LED) use solid-state electronics to produce bright and durable bulbs. LEDs are highly versatile, durable, and emit clear beams of variable color temperatures. Thus, using LEDs on reverse lamps and other rear-assemblies gives you extra coverage and can also make you more conspicuous to people behind you.
  • Halogen bulbs are venerable and solid members of the family. Noted for their yellowish beams, these bulbs work well in a variety of rear-assemblies.
Is replacing rear-light wiring complicated on the Hyundai Sonata?

Your Hyundai Sonata has a taillight wiring system unique to its model. When seeking replacements or upgrades, you can choose between original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts that closely match your original parts, or you can go with aftermarket parts made by independent designers. In either case, you should take careful note of the wiring system part numbers recorded in you Sonata owners and repair manuals, and then use this information to order the required replacements.

What are some common Sonata replacement components for rear lights?

Rear assembly components for the Hyundai Sonata are durable, but like all are subject to time and circumstance. When repair time comes around, you may need one or more of the following components:

  • Rear lenses: Lenses perform several key functions that include focusing and directing beams as well as providing structural support and protection.
  • Guards: These act as external skeletons and provide another level of protection.
  • Covers: Covers surround and seal internal elements from the outer environment.
  • Housing: Housings form the overall outer structure of some of your Hyundai Sonata taillights.
  • Gaskets and seals: These sit between various structural elements. Their jobs are to keep moisture, debris, and anything else out of the interior.