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How to clean a corroded DRL socket?

This is a discussion on How to clean a corroded DRL socket? within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Mine is badly corroded. At first I thought it was just one of the bulb elements blown out, but upon ...

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    How to clean a corroded DRL socket?

    Mine is badly corroded. At first I thought it was just one of the bulb elements blown out, but upon pulling it.. This thing is BAD. What exactly causes this? How can I clean it and
    prevent it?

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    You can try a small brass brush with baking soda and water. Another possibility is soaking the socket in vinegar -- you just want to rinse it real well when done. Blow the socket dry with compressed air and then use dielectric grease on the bulb and socket upon re-assembly.

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    Go to any of the big chain auto parts stores, buy a replacement socket and replace your old one. They are only a few bucks and can be switched out in no time.

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    That works too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronnie tadlock View Post
    Go to any of the big chain auto parts stores, buy a replacement socket and replace your old one. They are only a few bucks and can be switched out in no time.
    Winner

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    yep, only a few bucks just to replace it. You could try sanding all the metal contact points and using di-electric on it but in about half that time you could have a brand new socket installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    yep, only a few bucks just to replace it. You could try sanding all the metal contact points and using di-electric on it but in about half that time you could have a brand new socket installed.
    Yeppers.


    I put a nice set of male/female terminals on mine so all I have to do it put new male ends on a socket when I buy it then pop it into place without having to put strippers/cutters up in that small area and risk doing other wiring damage.

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    I think you're the one that turned me on to these Joshie

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbob93 View Post
    http://www.autozone.com/autozone/cat...rtId=prod61973

    I think you're the one that turned me on to these Joshie
    That is for the round bulb, not the blade type like the stockers. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshieDoom View Post
    That is for the round bulb, not the blade type like the stockers. lol
    Well I know they carry them.....just gotta go & get the correct ones.
    Yep.....after looking at the pic I can see one of the lugs.....shit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbob93 View Post
    Well I know they carry them.....just gotta go & get the correct ones.
    Yep.

    They will have them, dont let them tell you they are a dealer part only.

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    How exactly do I go about switching out the whole socket? And how much does dielectric grease cost?

    I'm wet behind the ears to everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MistrCreazil View Post
    How exactly do I go about switching out the whole socket? And how much does dielectric grease cost?

    I'm wet behind the ears to everything.
    A packet of that grease is like 2 bucks. There are three wires you must cut in order and clip and splice in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshieDoom View Post
    A packet of that grease is like 2 bucks. There are three wires you must cut in order and clip and splice in.

    ^^ Adding to this -- your best connection is with solder and shrinktube. However, if you use crimp connectors, squirt some of the dielectric grease into the connector, or dip your wire ends in a glob of it before inserting. This will help keep the wire from getting wet and corroding on you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MistrCreazil View Post
    Mine is badly corroded. At first I thought it was just one of the bulb elements blown out, but upon pulling it.. This thing is BAD. What exactly causes this? How can I clean it and
    prevent it?
    i agree with most of everyone. . . just replace the socket. I had to replace my passenger side for the second time a few weeks ago (it had slightly melted do to the bad shape of the previous housing). This problem is caused by a combination of the housing gettin so hot, cracking of the housing, and moisture then gettin into the housing. If your housings look like theyre in bad shape (mainly cracks), I would change them too. . . Theyre about 25 bucks a piece, and it looks gooood with new ones. Got both of mine a couple months ago.

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    Autozone part number 85881 about $6.99 each.

    It says its for the rear tailights but it works for our front corner lights.

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    They make heat shrinkable butt splice connectors for a water proof connection. When you heat shrink them, they ooze out some slime goo that hardens and seals to the wire. they look like this:


    Otherwise another good idea is to melt some hot glue over the ends of a regular butt splice to seal it up from the elements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    They make heat shrinkable butt splice connectors for a water proof connection. When you heat shrink them, they ooze out some slime goo that hardens and seals to the wire. they look like this:
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    Otherwise another good idea is to melt some hot glue over the ends of a regular butt splice to seal it up from the elements.

    Auto parts store or electrical supply? Have not seen these before.

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    geez...I've seen them somewhere but can't remember. I usually get them through the parts dept at my work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    geez...I've seen them somewhere but can't remember. I usually get them through the parts dept at my work.

    The only thing similar to what you posted that I know of is used for installing and splicing the wiring for in-ground water pumps. Those were way too large for use in automotive lighting systems though.

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