On Monday, I got this message from my friend Tim:
On Tuesday I was stopped for speeding. Not fun, but it happened. After that stop, I walked away with 3 citations and 2 warnings. Not cool… I mean, they’re all legit and totally my fault, but still, not cool.
One of the 2 warnings was about the busted tail light.
Here’s how I fixed that problem. First, this is what I used:
The tail light housing is held on by 2 screws (noted above), so I unscrewed ’em.
Once I opened it up, I un-clipped the wires harness and found 3 more screws.
After unscrewing those, I then had access to the bulbs.
After yanking out the busted bulb, I found this:
These bulbs overheat, I guess. If the bulb grease isn’t used, it can melt… as you can see above. I put the bulb grease on the new bulb, popped everything back in place and gave it a test.
We’re back in business. A $6 fix would have avoided one of my 2 warnings, but what’s done is done.
Lesson for the day: When you learn your tail light is out, replace it immediately!