Jeep Cherokee Taillights
Jeep Cherokee taillights need to be maintained on a regular basis. If the taillight bulbs are not working, it may be because the fuse has burned out. If the taillights are working, but not bright, they might be clouded and need a special cleaning process.How do you check for a blown taillight fuse?
A bad fuse can be the reason the Jeep Cherokee taillights will not turn on. To inspect the fuse, you will need the following items: the owner’s manual, needle-nose pliers, and the replacement fuse. The owner’s manual will tell you where the fuse box is located, which is usually inside the vehicle, either under the dashboard or under the hood. The manual will also have the position and the amp of the replacement fuse. The replacement fuse must be the identical color and amp as the original. The position will be a number.
- Once you have located the fuse box, open it. On the inside of the lid is a diagram with the fuses’ numbered positions. Find the position the owner’s manual stated as the taillights, and pull out that fuse with the needle-nose pliers.
- Inspect the fuse. The fuse is blown if the middle wire is broken.
- Insert the new fuse in the same position. Double-check to ensure it is the exact fuse the manufacturer states to use.
- Replace the fuse box cover, and then test the lights.
Foggy taillights can diminish illumination by 40%. It is important to your safety to have bright rear vehicle lights. Foggy lenses are caused by exposure to the elements. Proper cleaning with a restorative cleanser may clear the cover and enhance the brightness. For this job, you will need automobile headlight restoration cleaning solution, tape for the exterior of the vehicle that will not damage the paint, wet/dry ultra-fine 2000 grit sandpaper, a microfiber cloth or sponge, water, and rags.
- Soak the sandpaper in water while you wash the lens. Mask off the car around the lights to protect the paint.
- Using up and down strokes, lightly sand the wet taillight with the wet sandpaper. Moisten the sandpaper and lens to keep them from drying out.
- Now sand in the opposite direction, working back and forth across the lamp. After several passes, dry the lens with a clean rag and see if it is clearer.
- Once the lens is clear, apply the restoration cleaner with the microfiber towel or sponge to the cover. Polish the solution into the lens using a circular motion, reapplying liberally. The cleaner will buff out any small scratches, and the light will be clear and shiny again.