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Chevy Cavalier--Socket Burning Back Right Blinker?

I was hoping someone has an answer to this problem. My 2000 Chevy Cavalier's back right blinker is not working due to the fact that the plastic on the light bulb (that goes in the socket) melts over the wiring on the light bulb base. The filament on the bulb is intact and working but the connection is lost when the plastic melts over the the wire in the base.

Does the socket need to be replaced? Is this causing it to overheat the light bulb? There seems to be orange "rust" in the socket when I took it out to examine / clean it. Or is this a different electrical problem? It is not happening on anything else in the car.


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It sounds like you are getting corrosion in the socket from water leaking in. Then you end up with high resistance which then causes more current draw whcih then overheats the socket and bulb.
You need to clean the socket very good or replace it if it's on a short wireing harness with a connector. They are @ $20.00.
Then you need to spray some electrical contact cleaner/deoxidizer in the socket to kep it protected. Go to Radio Shack or an auto store to get this.
Finally, look for how the water is getting in there. Sometimes the lens has a gap between the outer lens and lamp body. Seal the entire joint where the lens is attached to the body with a clear silicone sealer. Let us know your outcome. Good luck.

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I had this very same problem and it is definatly the socket. I ended up replacing both on my car, it is very common in the Cavalier.

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