Making sure that your car is safe and road ready should be one of the top concerns that you have. The more you are able to find out about the various safety features on your vehicle, the easier you will find it to keep them in good shape. The license plate light is one of the features on a car that you will have to keep an eye on. The bulb that is contained within the license plate light will eventually blow and will have to be replaced. Every time the running lights on a vehicle are turned on, the license plate light will come on.
The license plate light assembly is supposed to last as long as your car does, but in some cases it will not due to damage. There are a number of things that can damage this light. In some cases, the seal that goes around the housing of the light will begin to leak and can cause a variety of different damages. If the wiring that goes to the light becomes damaged, then it will be hard for it to work properly. Driving around without functional lights on a vehicle is both dangerous and against the law. Without functional lights on a vehicle, you may get a ticket with a hefty fine attached to it.
Taking the time to inspect the lights on your vehicle from time to time can give you a head’s up when there are repair issues to address. The faster you are able to catch the issues with your license plate light, the less time you will have to be without them. The small space that you will have to work in can make it hard to change the light out. Allowing professionals to replace the license light plate the best way to get it done without having to lift a finger.
Here are some of the things that you will notice when it is time to get a new license plate light:
- The light will not come on
- There is visible damage to the license plate assembly
- Water in the lens of the license plate light
When having the license plate light changed, be sure that a high-quality replacement is being used.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How Long Does a License Plate Light Last? and was authored by Valerie Johnston.