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my tail lamp and backup sockets are worn to the point that they have lost any "spring" in the bulb socket and the bulbs are not staying in place. in the classic industries catalog (c2006) on page 464, there is a 67 - 68 rear tail lamp socket (part a11157) listed. in addition to using this for my tail lights, can i use this same part for the back-up light socket replacement? thanks...

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Re: rear lamp socket

You could, but there would be an extra wire you won't use, and you'd have to makes sure to wire it to use the bright (turn) element on the 1157 bulb. Reverse lamps are a single 1156 bulb and corresponding 2-wire socket.

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Actually the Back-up is a single wire holder to match the 1156 single contact bulb.

I buy the correct holders from my local NAPA auto store. They are supplied to them by Dorman Corp.
The part number for the Brake/Turn (also front Park/Turn) socket is Dorman #85818.
The part number for the backup socket is Dorman #85817.

The ground is through the lamp housing in the car.

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Re: rear lamp socket

I have nothing but bad luck with every aftermarket socket I find. The bulb latches in OK, but the socket does not stay in the tail light housing very well at all. They sort of just slide in and are only held in by friction. There is no snapping in-place action to securely hold them. I try to modify the metal clips to match closer to the factory clips, but that doesn't work much better!

Surely, someone knows where to get quality light sockets.

If Classic's sockets are any better, I'd go with your suggestion about using the 1157 socket and wire it like Eric said.

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I have the exact same problem of the sockets falling out of the tail light housing. I've been looking for better sockets and wonder if you were successfull in finding one?
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I have the exact same problem of the sockets falling out of the tail light housing. I've been looking for better sockets and wonder if you were successfull in finding one?
Thanks in advance,
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Steve,

No, the last job I did, I found another original harness and used its sockets.

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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old May 13th, 08, 06:45 PM
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Re: rear lamp socket

A year or 2 ago, Cfunk posted about some autoparts store sockets he found that fit right and stay in. I thought I added it to the electrical basics sticky, but I don't see it.

Kinda a bummer, I could use a few too.





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I think I found the post in question........

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Re: 1969 Camaro tailight sockets PART #???
I had to pick another rear socket for my '67 and this one fit a whole lot better than the one from Napa. This one is secure and snugh. The manf is CALTERM and the PN is 08562.

I picked it up from Adavance Auto.
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Re: rear lamp socket

I remember reading on here that the sockets on AAW's harness fit much better than the generic parts-store sockets.


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Re: rear lamp socket

I replaced my taillight socket today and I found a good one that fits snug. I originally started to look for the Calterm 08562 that CFunk had listed. I think they are out of stock or extremely hard to find.

Advance Auto Parts lists another one by Motormite 85818 as being the same one as 08562. This one is plastic and almost identical to the stock ones but is snug as a bug. I did the left side and I'm going to go back and the others this weekend. Best $2.99 I've ever spent.

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Re: rear lamp socket

Glad I was able to find this thread in the archives. Just ordered a couple of these. Thanks for the post guys and let's hope the part has changed!

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