Tip & How-To about 1968 Chevrolet Corvair Light Bulb

Corvair Light Bulbs

Apply light bulb grease to the base so it won't get stuck in the socket.

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left rear turn signal light will work and then stop I have to take the bulb out and put it back in tried swapping bulbs now the turn signal and brake light are not working


There could be a few different solutions;
1. the socket wires could be bent. Remove bulb and check for socket wires pushed into the socket housing. Use a small fine point pick to bend wires until they stick out into the bulb cavity.
2. The bulb wires could be out of alignment. Bend wires until they stick out from the bulb base.
Those 2 possibilities apply to the glass tang base bulb. If you have a metal base bulb ( it has the contacts on the bottom, with a metal base and pegs sticking out the side ). If this is your bulb style, you'll need to look at the contact points in the bottom of the bulb socket. If the contact point tops are flat or curved in, or if they are not clean ( green or brown corrosion on them ) you'll need to clean and re-grease the contact points before considering replacement. You can use either electrical parts spray ( recommended ) or a warm water and baking soda mix ( a coffee cup filled 3/4 up with warm water to a tablespoon of baking soda. Dissolve baking soda in water, make sure key is OFF and socket is away from other wiring. Pour a small amount into the socket and scrape contact points and side wall with a fine point pick or mini flat bladed screwdriver until contact points are clean ).
Dab a small amount of Dielectric grease onto the bulb base, covering the contact points and tags sticking out of the side, and re-install bulb, then test, If it still doesn't work, you'll need to replace the socket assembly - available from your local auto parts store.. Make sure you get a socket with the same number of wires and mount configuration.
Hope this helps!!

Mar 04, 2014 | 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier

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left turn signal T/S/ socket melting around contacts some_left front signal light not flashing (but on), rear left IS flashing_auto store sold me lubricant/grease to coat on bulb end and in socket worked only briefly_Right Front also working fine Thanks_have read poss is 'flasher'/ grounding or wiring_any tip to where to check wiring or grounding? Thanks


If the bulb socket is melted you will want to replace the socket then use the socket grease (diaelectric) to keep the bulb socket clean of dirt and moisture. The diaelectric grease will help disipate the heat also.
If the bulb base was melted, you will want to clean the socket thuroughly and make sure no plastic has melted on the contacts causing a bad electrical contact.

Nov 09, 2011 | 1998 Buick Regal

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Marker lights not working; checked fuse they're okay. Checked visible bare wires; did not see any. None of the light bulbs are burnt out. Possible Short?


Get an electrical tester to see if the line has power at the base of the light socket. Marker lights get a lot of dirt in them so the socket or the base of the bulb may need to be cleaned and place some type of silicone grease to avoid corrosion.

Good luck

Sep 21, 2011 | 1999 Chevrolet K1500

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How do you get to tail light bulb on a ford thunderbird


in trunk, remove carpeting locate nuts along trunk wall on both sides of latch assembly. then taillights will pull out of vehicle from outside. then remove light sockets, quarter turn from back of light assembly. apply dielectric grease to base of new bulb and reinsert. assembly is reverse of disassembly.

Jun 13, 2010 | Cars & Trucks

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