Tail Light Guard
If you frequently use your vehicle for off-roading, you need to protect the tail lights from damage caused by stray branches, animals, and extreme weather. After all, you'll place yourself and other motorists in danger once the tail lights go out because they got hit by a branch. So to keep your vehicle's rear lights in top condition, equip each of them with a high-quality tail light guard. Here's how:
Tools you'll need:
- Clean rag
Step 1: Unscrew the tail light housing.
The tail light screws or plastic clips that attach the entire assembly onto the vehicle are usually found on the inside part of the rear door. Once you've found these clips or screws, use a flathead screw driver to remove them. Then firmly pull out the housing in a straight motion to avoid damaging the bulb and lens.
Step 2: Attach the rubber inserts onto the old clip holes.
Usually included in a tail light guard kit, the rubber inserts are used to secure the guard in place. Insert them onto the holes wherein the old clips were previously attached.
Step 3: Prep the tail light guard.
Before attaching the guard onto the housing, make sure the guard is clean. After wiping away any trace of dust, stick the adhesive foam pads (also included in the kit) onto the inner sides of the guard's mounting brackets.
Step 4: Attach the guard to the tail light housing.
Secure the guard with adhesive pads onto the housing by making sure that the side brackets are hooking properly onto the housing's edges. Adjust accordingly until the housing sits snugly over the assembly.
Step 5: Attach the tail light assembly back into the vehicle.
Fit the tail light assembly with the guard onto the vehicle by inserting the mounting brackets into the rubber insert-filled clip holes. Secure them in place with the right size of screws and washers. If the screws and washers are not included in the kit, you can buy them from any hardware or automotive shop. Don't completely tighten the screws and washers yet since you need to double-check the alignment first and make the necessary adjustments.
Step 6: Tighten all mounting hardware.
Once the tail guard is properly installed and aligned, tighten the screws with a screwdriver while softly pushing on the guard. When installing the guard on the other tail light, just repeat all the steps.
Tips to keep your new tail light guard looking new
- Regularly inspect it for signs of damage especially right after a rough off-road trip to keep your new guard in top condition.
- Small scratches should be fixed as soon as possible to prevent the paint from chipping and exposing the metal or aluminum material to harsh elements.
- Wax each guard regularly to provide a protective barrier between the finish and various damaging elements. Make sure you use the right type of waxing product so you won't accidentally ruin the guards' finish.
- Mild soap can be used when washing a tail light guard with a glossy black finish.