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02 b4c/melting marker light socket/bulbs***help

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    02 b4c/melting marker light socket/bulbs***help

    my 02 b4c is melting the marker light bulbs on the front and also torching the sockets. i have replaced the sockets and the bulbs twice. they are doing it again!! i was wondering, is it because the b4c has a high amp/high output alt.??? any ideas. thanks

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    Are you sure you have the right bulbs in there? Sockets melt from excessive heat. Heat comes from either too much resistance ( bad connection) or a short in the wiring. The high output alternator won't do it by itself.

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    Or wrong lamps. If I am not mistaken they should be 194s.

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    the marker lamp has 2 bulbs. one is a 194 and the other is a 3157. it has daytime running lights. the lights are on all the time. park/marker/turn signal.

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    I would lean towards short...
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    short is common, but one other thing, these lamps are illuminated almost 100% of the time the car is on... generating extreme heat... then you go thru car wash, or water puddle, and the rapid cooling of the housing causes it to crack. next time you then introduce water/ moisture/ condensation, you cause a direct short thru the water...



    Just food for thought. this is a common 97 up problem.


    also, as a preventative measure, try slowing thru water puddles when possible, come to a creep. and if you know you are going to wash the car, disable the drl's about 30 min prior to the wash, giving the housings ample time to cool.


    For those who don't know, turn the car off, raise the E-Brake "1 CLICK", then start the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FORD RECOVERY EXPERT View Post

    Just food for thought. this is a common 97 up problem.
    Yep mine has done it since day one. Bulbs have to be replaced at least every 6 months on mine.

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