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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 16th, 11, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Junk sockets

I have been rewiring the 68 Camaro and am now in the trunk. I bought replacements that look like the originals. I can't get them to lock, they just keep falling out. Any ideas? I would like a better quality/type of socket that would work.


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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 16th, 11, 07:42 PM
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Re: Junk sockets

The sockets have always been an issue unfortunatley. I believe AAW can supply you with correct color but you will still have reiability problems with sockets poping out for some mysterious reason.

you can start bending the tabs like everyone else does and hope they hold or break during the process but you will still find one day they have popped out again.

The other option is to go buy the all metal socket at your local part store! The ones i ended up purchasing were for "Ford" but they do not pop out and are a solid unit.

If you like just paint them black or go to the next extreme and drill out your old sockets and slip the plastic casing over the new socket prior to wiring them in if looks really take presedence with functionality.

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Re: Junk sockets

I had the same problem on my new harness and I just bent the tabs a little and they are fine. Shouldn't have to , but that is typical for aftermarket.
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Darrell..It looks like your car is going to come out great. Keep up the good work!

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The sockets have always been an issue unfortunatley. I believe AAW can supply you with correct color but you will still have reiability problems with sockets poping out for some mysterious reason.

you can start bending the tabs like everyone else does and hope they hold or break during the process but you will still find one day they have popped out again.

The other option is to go buy the all metal socket at your local part store! The ones i ended up purchasing were for "Ford" but they do not pop out and are a solid unit.

If you like just paint them black or go to the next extreme and drill out your old sockets and slip the plastic casing over the new socket prior to wiring them in if looks really take presedence with functionality.
I had the same issue with sockets ordered from one of the main stream autoparts stores. I got a set from one of the resto houses, and they were great.

Anyone need a set of lousy tail light sockets?

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 17th, 11, 07:23 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Junk sockets

From what I see the Dorman 85860 will do the trick. It also has a solder tab for an additional ground wire. I will pick up a couple today and see if they work and post my opinion.


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Re: Junk sockets

I bent the taps IN the sockets, the tabs OUTSIDE the socket, AND the round metal socket inside the plastic one to get a more snug fit on the bulb to keep it from rattling... Come on!


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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 24th, 11, 07:27 AM
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You could also use a little rope caulk (dum dum) around the socket. It would help hold the socket in place better, plus help seal moisture from getting in.
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