Besides having state-of-the art safety features like airbags, one way to avoid T-bone or side collisions is to make sure all your lights and markers are working well. When crossing on intersections, especially at night, your vehicle's lights and markers are your only defense against possible mishaps. They make the other drivers aware of your presence, allowing them to adjust their speed. So if you notice that your side marker lights have gone kaput, troubleshoot the problem as soon as possible and have them replaced when there's a need to.
Side markers can be either integrated in the headlight assembly or located in the vehicle's bumper or fender. They work in conjunction with the vehicle's turn signals to provide at least three flashing lights on the side where the vehicle is turning. The steps on how to remove side markers isn't the same in all vehicles as they mainly depend on where the lights are mounted.
Evaluation of Side Marker
There are usually two reasons why side markers malfunction.a bad fuse or a busted bulb. So it is wise to assess first the cause of the problem before purchasing replacement parts.
What you'll need:
- Socket wrench
- Fuse extractor
- Clean cloth
- A working fuse identical to the side marker's fuse
- Replacement bulb
Step 1: Open the vehicle's hood and, using a socket wrench, disconnect the negative battery cable.
Step 2: Locate the fuse box in the engine compartment and find the fuse for the side marker lights. Consult your owner's manual to be sure that you're working on the right fuse.
Step 3: Once you're sure, get the fuse extractor, pull out the particular fuse, and install an identical unit.
Step 4: Reattach the negative battery cable, close the hood, and test if the side marker lights are now working. If they are, then you are saved from the hassles of purchasing and replacing the side markers. But if they don't turn on, then you've got a busted bulb in there.
Replacement of fender- or bumper-mounted side markers
Step 1: With the negative battery cable disconnected, lie on the ground and find the backside of the lens. Locate the socket in the center part of the lens.
Step 2: Turn the socket counterclockwise and carefully pull it out of the housing.
Step 3: With a clean cloth in your hand, pull the bulb out of the socket and slowly slide the new one in place, making sure your skin won't get in contact with the bulb.
Step 4: Reinstall the socket back into the lens housing by turning it clockwise.
Instructions for headlight-mounted side markers
Step 1: Disconnect the negative battery cable and open the hood. Look for the back side of the headlamp lens. It usually has two sockets.one for the headlight and one for the side marker.
Step 2: Work on the socket that's positioned closest to the fender and turn the said socket counterclockwise while slowly pulling it out.
Step 3: Cover your palm with the clean cloth on your hand to make sure you won't touch both the old and the new bulb. Carefully pull the busted bulb out of the socket and slide the new side marker bulb in place.
Step 4: Reinstall the socket into the headlight and turn it clockwise to secure it. Close the hood, get inside your vehicle, and turn the lights on to see if the side markers are now working.