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Left turn signal/ brake rear light melting. Why?

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Ive had this same problem. mine was caused by shorting, all you have to do is remove the piece that sockets the bulb and my mechanic has some dentist type picks and clean up a good bit of the electro greese and bend out the "pressure prongs i guess you could call them more so they contact better with the bulb posts and that should solve your problem.

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