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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 12, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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New rear tailight socket

I have a new light bulb socket pig tail for my 1969 Camaro. The current one has a bad wire at the socket. It only has 2 wires as do the other sockets. My new one has 3 a brown, a black, like the orginal, but also has a yellow one, that I do not know where it goes. Do I just cut off the yellow one. Thanks, Jerod
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Re: New rear tailight socket

Jerod,

look into the new lamp socket itself. Make sure it looks exactly like the one you are replacing. If there are three wires going into the new lamp socket, and yours has only two, chances are the internals of the sockets are different. That means it may use different bulbs and most likely not compatible with the bulbs you are supposed to be using.

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Re: New rear tailight socket

I looked at the current one, there is one wire going into the bottom middle of the socket, and one that goes into the outside area where the bump is. Both sockets have the correct color wire as the new one, except the new one has a yellow wire also going into the bottom next to the other. I looked and cannot find any info on this. It locks/turns into the tailight housing and looks just like the orgianl, except for the yellow wire. Thanks, Jerod
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Is your car an RS?


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Re: New rear tailight socket

So at the bottom of the socket looking in, there are two metal strips. And your original only has one?

If that's the case this socket won't work. This is designed for a different application.

My tailight sockets have two wires going to it. One wire is the running light and the other is the brake/turn light. The ground is recieved throught metal tabs at the side of the of the socket through the taillight housing. When I look into the socket I see two metal strips at teh bottom.

Two things to keep in mind, and quite frankly this could make a difference...my car is an RS and it is a 68 not 69.
Regardless, the first note holds true. The inside of the sockets should look the same as the original or you will end up with a short or all kinds of other strange electrical problems.


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Re: New rear tailight socket

Correct, there are two metal tabs, one goes directly into the bottom of the socket, and the other wires also goes thru the bottom, but on the out side lip. The light works just that one of the clips and wire has some play in it. Can I just put a new clip in there, if so how, never done it before. Thanks, Jerod
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Re: New rear tailight socket

I'm sorry Jerod, but I'm not understanding your description.
I have attached a couple of pics from my taillight socket. This may help the conversation.

Notice that there are two metal strips inside the socket. Also notice that there is a metal ring on with two tabs opposite each other. The metal ring with the tabs is the ground.

On the light bulb the two metal round contacts will line-up with the two metal strips at the bottom of the socket. The ring will be used to retain the light bulbs by it's pins and act as ground through the tailight housing.

This is the original traillight socket allowing running lights as well as brake/turn signal to be accomplished from the same bulb.

There is not really much variation that can occur.. I can't imagine where and what the third wire is doing unless it is a auxillary ground wire. Put there just in case you need to get ground from somewhere other than the tailight housing itself.

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Re: New rear tailight socket

I'm pretty sure 69s use a ground wire. So, the Turn/Brake lights with two filiments will have 3 wires... But it sounds like you are replacing the inner socket which is running light only, no Turn/Brake. Therefore, you will have to find a new socket that has the Brown and Black wires only... The bulb and inside of socket where bulb sits will both have a single contact.


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Re: New rear tailight socket

Thanks for the input and clarification, cb.
As I mentioned in my original response, may answer was based on a 68 RS.

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