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Turn Signal Bulbs Keep Going Out!!!!

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    Turn Signal Bulbs Keep Going Out!!!!

    Well, it seems like just about everyone has bulb problems with ls1 f-bodies, so maybe someone out their has some good knoledge in how to fix this problem. So far, i have replaced the connector were the bulb sits, the first time i noticed it was very corroded, and had moisture build up. So i went to a local f-body junk yard and got myself some used rear tailight connectors ( which are in better condition). i noticed that this time, the actual housing is cracked, and i wonder if maybe thats the reason it gets a lot of moisture in their, i'm not sure, but is their any other style of connector that will fit that same style of housing?

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    There is a bunch of threads about this.

    New sockets at autozone. 8 bucks a piece.

    You can get DRL housing decently cheap on ebay or one of our sponsors.

    or you can use clear silicone and seal them up.. I took silicone and super glue. Sealed them, and then buffed them.

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    thanks man, i will give it a shot today.

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    Autozone has them for our blinkers. They are around ten bucks.
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    got my sockets at orileys for $4 each. . . be aware tho, most of the time when they look it up, it brings up a part that is $55 and is not in stock. advanced and autozone did this too. i just looked until i found it in the electrical section. the socket says its for a 3157 bulb which is the same style housing as our 3357 ones.
    but your just gonna keep havin issues if you dont change your housing. this is the main cause of this common problem.

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    Mine kept getting wet, killing the bulbs every other week. I cleaned the sockets real well, sprayed them with brake clean to get the water out, then when I put the new bulbs in I used a shit load of dielectric grease in the sockets. Have not had a problem in 6 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshieDoom View Post
    There is a bunch of threads about this.

    New sockets at autozone. 8 bucks a piece.

    You can get DRL housing decently cheap on ebay or one of our sponsors.

    or you can use clear silicone and seal them up.. I took silicone and super glue. Sealed them, and then buffed them.
    Yeah, those areas are not as water tight as what some people think. Silicone is the way to go.

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    Cracks in the housing are the problem. I replaced both of mine over a year ago (and the sockets cause of corrosion) and haven't replaced a bulb sense.

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    A new socket from Autozone fixed my problem........now I just need to stay out of the rain.

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    so its a combination of 2 pobs that cause this...1 is the shitty gasket thing on the socket itself..it is small and allows for water/moisture to gather..the second is the bulb runs to hot and cracks the plastic..once this plastic cracks..it allows water from the headlight area to get in causing all those issues. You can go to the same place where you get the window motor fixes and they offer new larger gaskets..then comes the fun part..venting the housing..you can do that or even try putting some tape over the area that cracks/does and see if that fixes it. just a cheap idea...good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    so its a combination of 2 pobs that cause this...1 is the shitty gasket thing on the socket itself..it is small and allows for water/moisture to gather..the second is the bulb runs to hot and cracks the plastic..once this plastic cracks..it allows water from the headlight area to get in causing all those issues. You can go to the same place where you get the window motor fixes and they offer new larger gaskets..then comes the fun part..venting the housing..you can do that or even try putting some tape over the area that cracks/does and see if that fixes it. just a cheap idea...good luck.


    what i want to know is how good of quality are the new ebay housings compaired to the gm ones or any other available ones; because these are pretty much a inevitable "will need to change" just like the sockets
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