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Replacing 98 t/a parking light housings

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    Replacing 98 t/a parking light housings

    Been looking a long time. Can't find a post on this so... I'll ask.
    Has anyone here changed the parking light housings in the T/A yet?
    As you know, the lens crack and the bulbs get wet and blow.
    l ordered new lens housings and plan to change them over the weekend.
    Any step by step info available will be most helpful and appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.
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    There might be an easier way but I had to replace my sockets as one was completely messed which caused the light to not function. Since I was changing one, I did both at the same time. The problem is usually the bulb warms the plastic housing (heat goes up) and eventually causes a crack. At least on my 2002 TA the socket holding the bulb is in the bottom of the housing making it the perfect spot to collect the water running in from the cracked housing.


    Here's what I did:
    Remove the screws/bolts from the "secret panels" under the front of the car. You will then have access to the housings through the access panels which are now open on three sides. The housings are held in place with a couple of machine screws. Remove and replace and secure the panels back in place. As before... I replaced the sockets and used plenty of dielectric grease in the new sockets to help keep moisture out for as long as possible. Make sure you check the bulbs and sockets to make sure they are still OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhTwo View Post
    There might be an easier way but I had to replace my sockets as one was completely messed which caused the light to not function. Since I was changing one, I did both at the same time. The problem is usually the bulb warms the plastic housing (heat goes up) and eventually causes a crack. At least on my 2002 TA the socket holding the bulb is in the bottom of the housing making it the perfect spot to collect the water running in from the cracked housing.


    Here's what I did:
    Remove the screws/bolts from the "secret panels" under the front of the car. You will then have access to the housings through the access panels which are now open on three sides. The housings are held in place with a couple of machine screws. Remove and replace and secure the panels back in place. As before... I replaced the sockets and used plenty of dielectric grease in the new sockets to help keep moisture out for as long as possible. Make sure you check the bulbs and sockets to make sure they are still OK.
    Kevin,
    Thanks for the reply.
    My sockets are in sort of a charred state but still not bad. Guess I should change these while I'm in there.
    Just cut and splice the wires? I guess they will be color coded to prevent cross wiring. Hope so. :-)
    Been changing bulbs for a while. The lens are cracked all across, I'm sure this is where the water is getting in.
    I'll give it a try and see how it goes.
    Thanks again.

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    I did this long ago but upgraded to led with HD flasher.

    Remove two screws for drop down panel.
    Remove sockets from housing.
    Several small screws, maybe an 8'ish with 1/4drive or wrench (either all from bottom or may pop open headlights to get top)
    Install is reverse.

    Also I had a thread somewhere, but you can remove and replace sockets without cutting. Think they were universal 3057 sockets (don't remember if 3057 or 3157,but they had universal at my parts store.

    There's two little clips inside the new sockets which hold inside to the outside. Pull that out and the wires fall out.

    Do the same with the stocks, I had to just demolish mine as they were burnt up. Remember what wire goes where, slide em in and clip the inside back down to lock in new socket.

    Hope that makes sense on my phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckie669 View Post
    I did this long ago but upgraded to led with HD flasher.

    Remove two screws for drop down panel.
    Remove sockets from housing.
    Several small screws, maybe an 8'ish with 1/4drive or wrench (either all from bottom or may pop open headlights to get top)
    Install is reverse.

    Also I had a thread somewhere, but you can remove and replace sockets without cutting. Think they were universal 3057 sockets (don't remember if 3057 or 3157,but they had universal at my parts store.

    There's two little clips inside the new sockets which hold inside to the outside. Pull that out and the wires fall out.

    Do the same with the stocks, I had to just demolish mine as they were burnt up. Remember what wire goes where, slide em in and clip the inside back down to lock in new socket.

    Hope that makes sense on my phone.
    Chuckie,
    Makes sense. I think. :-)
    I'm not clear on how the clips work on the sockets but hopefully I will be able to fig it out once I see the sockets.
    I'm guessing the old and new sockets have the same clips.
    Thanks again.

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