HOW TO: Repair Passenger Taillight leak- 98-02 Firebird/WS6
This is a discussion on HOW TO: Repair Passenger Taillight leak- 98-02 Firebird/WS6 within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; hello all, FINALLY got a long weekend to tank my taillight/fish tank. Chris1974 you said you maybe spent 6hours on ...
08-31-2014, 07:55 AM #41
hello all, FINALLY got a long weekend to tank my taillight/fish tank. Chris1974 you said you maybe spent 6hours on this project? i think i put in that much just getting the thing apart and stripping off all the old silicon. sweet jesus. it IS slow going, took forever just to get that little end to pry a little. in my case, maybe because mine is 13yrs old now (2002 Formula, took delivery Sept 2001, FL hot sun) that little 'lip' inside on the diffisuer just didn't like being separated. some stayed put, but towards the big end it just came off in the groove of the housing with the old silicon. Oh, and instead of a heat gun i just used my wife's hair drier. it gets MORE than hot enough for our purposes. also getting that old silicon out was a giant pain in my azz too, my hands are all cut to heck from the edges and the screwdriver. BUT, i would say i am 97% silicon free now. i sanded the old chrome and took everything in the shower to scrub last night when i was done. Today i am about to get to painting on the new chromey paint. I'll post later how that all goes. Chris super thanks for this thread, you saved me whatever $500 for the new tail light from GM, and with out this i would have been no where near brave enough to pry that piece apart....
...and i can't post a pic here but i just went to Lowes and got their Valspar metallic spray paint and some ge clear window/door/attic/etc weatherproof silicon. i will redo the pass light with it and i will prolly just re-bead the driver side since it is not leaking yet, hopefully that will preclude a future Round Two of this job for that side
07-28-2015, 02:33 AM #42
HELP! My 1st post. Just bought '99 T/A and need get inspected, but left rear blinker not working. Turn arrow stays ON when stalj pulled but no flash. Manual says that bulb, not fuse. Front bulb appeard lit. So, i yanked rear bulb (5 wingnuts, not 4?! lucky i didnt crack the lens!) and installed new bulb after cleaning corrosion out of socket a bit. Now, bulb lights but no flash. Is there another bulb for blinker? This 3057 bulb was the main one in the big middle of lens carrier. Olf bulb socket area was pretty corroded (calky, brownish, burned...). I scraped contacts with knife a bit but maybe not enough? Anyway, any chance it is FRONT bulb problem? I thought rear as nighttime running light was out. (Guys told me that all 3 brake lights working.... L, R, center.) Possible the socket corroded so bad it ruined the contact connection? Best way to clean the socket (what solvent) and/or replace cheap? I see it sold at Autozone for like $10.
07-28-2015, 04:56 PM #43
your flasher module under the dash/steering wheel may be bad?
07-29-2015, 08:01 AM #44
I just saw that the other small bulb is out, #194. If that "running light" in the rear module is out, will that also make the FLASH arrow stay LIT and not get any blinking? (I think I replaced a good bulb on blinker, but no worries as I cleaned lots corrosion and saw it first hand. Used the di-elec grease too.)
07-29-2015, 02:47 PM #45'02 Black RamAir M6--Kooks LTH, Magnaflo, Lowered Eibach springs and Bilstien shocks, Tuned By Frost, K&N & SLP box, Smooth bellows, polished TB, Spohn perf. suspension, shock tower brace. UMI 3point SFC. Front & side splitters w/ canards.
'76 LagunaS3 - 355ci , 350 turbo, 3:55's
07-29-2015, 04:10 PM #46
It's pretty moisture free on lens and other areas (lucky...). Really just diagnosing which bulb is out (I hope). :-) So, if a running light is out, will that make the turn signal not work so you'll go fix it? Seems not too safe an idea, but???
08-16-2015, 06:33 AM #47
One side on my Firebird is darker than other but not really dark yet. What sokvent suggest if I make a GIANT q-tip with a stick and some cloth, and stick it in the two big lightbulb (blinker/brake) openings and try to wipe back surface of red honeycomb lens? How about that Invisible Glass stuff, or do I need rubbing alcohol to cut through the mold/darkened dirt?
08-17-2015, 02:13 PM #48
08-20-2015, 12:05 PM #49
Thanks much TransAmTerry. It'll pass inspection, just that my driver side lens is noticeably darker even with the lights off in a dim parking garage. I would not have thought such a big change with not much light going in to be reflected out? Anyway, I guess both dirty and the reflector is darkened. It can wait till next bulb blows .... :-) Who made those taillight lense assemblys ---- sounds like a "Delphi special" !
10-05-2015, 02:52 PM #50
Terry, you were right. Moisture, not just bad bulbs.
The more I looked at car fixing the bulbs, the more I saw the moisture clinging to the clear back-up light (mine is Driver side, by the way...; Pass. side looks factory-fresh. ). Can somebody post a pic, or show me the thread, where to BEST drill the small holes to let moisture drain out ? Thx :-)
10-05-2015, 02:58 PM #51
10-19-2015, 11:56 AM #52
Can you post a pic of where you drilled the holes? And: would you still recommend that spot, or another? BONUS QUERY: I actually a bit of an auto guy, and I would LOVE to know which parts supplier built these leaking dogs ! :-)
02-01-2016, 09:27 AM #53
Chris (aka Chris1974): should have thought of this before. Looked at my back light today in a garage and realized just how dark my driver side honeycomb lights are. I don't want to violate any forum rules, BUT, would you or someone you know want to do the above fix to my light assembly (otherwise in perfect shape from a '99 TA) for some payment? Be happy to send it to you and get it back in a week or so. :-) [Obviously, you know what you're doing and you did it well !]
02-01-2016, 10:08 AM #54
TransAmTerry, Please see my post today above. Would you be up for a remunerative $$$ project ? :-) Not to expensive to ship the thing down from Tri-State to MD, home of the BlueHens ! Or is that Delawate ? :-) [I'd do it myself, but I am in an apartment complex with no garage and crazy kids.]
02-01-2016, 04:27 PM #55
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