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I have a 2002 Cavalier, the tail light bulbs constantly quit working, the base of the bulb (3057) will burn out one of the four metal connectors. This is happening on the left and right side. Bulbs will only last hours. Thanks, Stuart

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    I will try this, hope it works.

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Well as a first course of action make sure that it's a 12v double contact bulb. Please check if the sockets are corroded or kind of worn out which can cause grounding that's why the bulb blows. If it's corroded, try to clean it or use a smooth sandpaper to clear the corrosion.

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