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This is a discussion on tailight is melting!!!! within the Stereo and Electronics forums, part of the General Help category; my left brakelight has a huge dip in it right across from the bigger light bulb. I took it all ...

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    tailight is melting!!!!

    my left brakelight has a huge dip in it right across from the bigger light bulb. I took it all out and looked at the bulb and it was black on one side yet not burnt out. and the tan socket is was in had brown-burnt edges on it. I replaced the bulb with a new one and my brother felt the bulb while I held down the brake pedal and said it got rediculously hot in just a couple seconds. my right brakelight doesn't have this problem. what's up with this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluefields88 View Post
    my left brakelight has a huge dip in it right across from the bigger light bulb. I took it all out and looked at the bulb and it was black on one side yet not burnt out. and the tan socket is was in had brown-burnt edges on it. I replaced the bulb with a new one and my brother felt the bulb while I held down the brake pedal and said it got rediculously hot in just a couple seconds. my right brakelight doesn't have this problem. what's up with this?
    You have a short somewhere.....

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    my taillights are stock, haven't done anything to any of my lights except replace a blinker bulb in the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shitzNgetz View Post
    You have a short somewhere.....
    well, I did have some Infinity 62.7i door speakers installed, and a new driver window motor. that's the only electrical stuff done to the whole car I beleive.

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    Speakers wouldn't have anything to do with it....

    Is it only one bulb that's getting hot?

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    ya, just the driver side at the moment. and I was wondering about the LEDs. can I get some and still use the stock taillight assemblies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluefields88 View Post
    ya, just the driver side at the moment. and I was wondering about the LEDs. can I get some and still use the stock taillight assemblies?
    Yes, you can use LED's with OEM tails.....
    First fix the problem you're having, then you can do whatever you want....

    You're sure that you are using the correct bulb, right?

    Is the socket rusted or corroded on the inside?

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    I looked in the booklet and it said that the bulbs were the correct replacements. and there wasn't any rust or corrosionin the socket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluefields88 View Post
    I looked in the booklet and it said that the bulbs were the correct replacements. and there wasn't any rust or corrosionin the socket.
    Bulbs do get hot, you do know dat?
    Check all your other sockets too, on both sides.......
    Everythig else works fine as far as the turn signals, etc., right?

    Just replace both sides with the new bulbs and let's take it from there.....

    Let me know tomorrow.


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    let me start this post with one of these: .
    well I found the problem. and it was a wrong light bulb. the old one that was all hot was a 3157 bulb. the stop lights are supposed to be 3057's. I didn't notice the number difference since I only glanced my manual. I thought the bulbs were originals, but I guess they weren't. I just went and bought the correct 3057 bulbs, and thought I'd check out the right hand side bulbs. turns out the one on the right was a 4157 K. glad I checked. I ended up checking all the rest of the bulbs while I was at it to make sure the old owners didn't mess any of those up. they were all good except the two brake light bulbs. so what do the numbers stand for anyways? is a 3157 hotter than a 3057?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluefields88 View Post
    let me start this post with one of these: .
    well I found the problem. and it was a wrong light bulb. the old one that was all hot was a 3157 bulb. the stop lights are supposed to be 3057's. I didn't notice the number difference since I only glanced my manuel. I thought the bulbs were originals, but I guess they weren't. I just went and bought the correct 3057 bulbs, and thought I'd check out the right hand side bulbs. turns out the one on the right was a 4157 K. glad I checked. I ended up checking all the rest of the bulbs while I was at it to make sure the old owners didn't mess any of those up. they were all good except the two brake light bulbs. so what do the numbers stand for anyways? is a 3157 hotter than a 3057?
    I told ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

    Good deal.

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    ya, thanks for the help! now it's time for LED's. . any idea where I can pick some up and for how much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluefields88 View Post
    ya, thanks for the help! now it's time for LED's. . any idea where I can pick some up and for how much?
    Try these guys out.

    http://www.lunaraccents.com/index.htm

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    I'd like to know too so I don't ever have to change a bulb again or maybe until I'm like 50!

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    can you buy LED lights that plug into the stock sockets? I know absolutely nothing on the subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluefields88 View Post
    can you buy LED lights that plug into the stock sockets? I know absolutely nothing on the subject.



    http://superlumination.com/3157_3156.htm

    http://www.discountleds.com/

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    so just to make sure that I found the problem, could putting a 3157 bulb in a 3057's socket cause it to make all the heat that melted my taillight? or should I look for a short.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluefields88 View Post
    so just to make sure that I found the problem, could putting a 3157 bulb in a 3057's socket cause it to make all the heat that melted my taillight? or should I look for a short.
    Check the chart out or give them a call with your Q if you're still not sure....

    http://www.discountleds.com/

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