Tail Light Cover
Did you just crack a tail light cover while backing up in a crowded parking lot? Better have it fixed as soon as possible if you don't want to get in trouble with the cops. Without a fully functional cover, your car's tail lights won't function properly and will become more prone to damage since there's nothing to protect the bulbs from road debris. And once a bulb breaks while you're on the road, you won't be able to signal other drivers. And this can get really dangerous when driving and road conditions are at their worst. Plus, you'll probably get a ticket since all states have some sort of traffic regulation regarding the proper use of tail lights. So before a busted tail light cover cause you more trouble, fix or replace it as soon as you can.
Fixing a busted cover
Not all damaged covers should be replaced right away. Take a closer look first at the faulty cover and assess the damage. If the crack is quite small and shallow, you can easily fix this with a wrench or screwdriver, microfiber cloth, sandpaper with the right grit, and a plastic adhesive. Once you have the tools, here's what you need to do:
Aside from small and shallow cracks, another problem that doesn't require immediate replacement is a worn-out cover seal. If the inside part of the cover starts to get contaminated with moisture, dirt, and road debris, it means the seal is broken. Usually, this can be fixed by reapplying an aftermarket plastic adhesive. Once this is applied properly onto the edges of the cover, your cover should be good as new.
Replacing a severely damaged cover
However, if the crack is big and deep, your only option is to replace the factory tail light cover. Fortunately, replacing a busted cover is an easy task. Before you start with the replacement process, however, make sure you have these tools: screwdriver, wrench, and some plastic adhesive. Here's how to replace a damaged cover: