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Attention Trans am Daily Drivers!!!!

This is a discussion on Attention Trans am Daily Drivers!!!! within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; just replaced both of my lenses cause i got tired of changing sockets and bulbs...

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    just replaced both of my lenses cause i got tired of changing sockets and bulbs

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    drilled small holes in the bottom of mine years ago... never had a problem since...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soul TKR View Post
    drilled small holes in the bottom of mine years ago... never had a problem since...
    I'm hoping to have the same luck after doing mine this last week.

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    When I bought the car I was replacing DRL bulbs it seemed like every week.

    I pulled the housings out and noticed that the bulb sits so close to the top of the housing that it got super hot. Any water that would've dripped down from around the headlights would then direct contact that spot and caused tiny little cracks into the housing.

    I ran silicone where the clear front lens molded to the plastic housing and then JB weld across the whole top of the fixture. Replaced the bulb with two LED's (bought online for 6bucks) and got a HD flasher unit. Then recently did the cut free method to replacing the sockets which I have to mention works beautiful.

    I haven't had any condensation in my headlights since I put the rebuilt housings / LED's in at a cost of about 12-20 bucks.
    That's what worked for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckie669 View Post
    When I bought the car I was replacing DRL bulbs it seemed like every week.

    I pulled the housings out and noticed that the bulb sits so close to the top of the housing that it got super hot. Any water that would've dripped down from around the headlights would then direct contact that spot and caused tiny little cracks into the housing.

    I ran silicone where the clear front lens molded to the plastic housing and then JB weld across the whole top of the fixture. Replaced the bulb with two LED's (bought online for 6bucks) and got a HD flasher unit. Then recently did the cut free method to replacing the sockets which I have to mention works beautiful.

    I haven't had any condensation in my headlights since I put the rebuilt housings / LED's in at a cost of about 12-20 bucks.
    That's what worked for me.
    ~Brad
    Brad, I would agree that the bulbs getting super hot does compound the problem with the DRL sockets. There is a thread on deactivating the DRL always on in here somewhere but, I know its a black module behind the stereo.

    Doing this also would eliminate the bulb getting hot as it would only come on during blinker operation.

    You're correct. The bulb in my opinion sits too close to the base of the socket and after examination of a bad socket, it seems that they are roasted beyond belief after a period of time.

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    Did any of you guys look at those LED replacements?

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    I looked there but, didn't gander too much at it. Guess I'm not ready to go there just yet. I will consider it if things get worse though.

    Thanks for the pointer on that.

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    I can't find the sticky on this problem. Some young kid in General help needs some help with DRL blown.

    I wanted to point him to the sticky that Orion said was there but, I can't find it.

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    after replacing several bulbs, 2 sockets and 1 lens and still having bulb issues my fix for the DRL was to just disable them. the box was behind the radio. 1 wire jumper and no more DRL

    black box has 2 connectors, use the smaller blue one, it has 8 cavities but only 7 were used. the empty cavity is A, ground that to the ground terminal in cavity B.
    Last edited by atvtech1; 01-15-2009 at 06:36 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atvtech1 View Post
    after replacing several bulbs, 2 sockets and 1 lens and still having bulb issues my fix for the DRL was to just disable them. the box was behind the radio. 1 wire jumper and no more DRL

    black box has 2 connectors, use the smaller blue one, it has 8 cavities but only 7 were used. the empty cavity is A, ground that to the ground terminal in cavity B.
    so what just unpluging the connector doesnt do it? or is grounding it just another way????

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    Quote Originally Posted by ws6race View Post
    so what just unpluging the connector doesnt do it? or is grounding it just another way????
    No, what he is saying is; disconnecting the DRL connector behind the stereo utilizes only the blinker aspect of the DRL and prevents them from staying on while driving.

    In a sense, they would become blinkers then and not DRLs since they are not running lights any longer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BIG GUNS View Post
    No, what he is saying is; disconnecting the DRL connector behind the stereo utilizes only the blinker aspect of the DRL and prevents them from staying on while driving.

    In a sense, they would become blinkers then and not DRLs since they are not running lights any longer.
    ok got it just unpluging the connector works ...

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    heres the post I followed, was for a camaro but.......
    How to disable DRL's and Auto Head lights
    directly to the article
    http://xse.com/leres/ss/drl.html

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    thanks atvtech1 looks like im gunna be sodiring instead of just unpluging ,,,, all the info on that site was very helpfull

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    Never Had This Problem

    I've got over 53000 miles on mine, its a daily driver, I'm the original owner and I've never had to replace one of these ever. (Yes I know I'm 19 but its been in my family since 2000 and became mine as soon as I was old enough, and I've been working on the car since I was 11, so I do consider myself original owner)
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