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BigBird2 March 27th, 2012 04:18 PM

Brake/Tail Light Socket Question???
 
I noticed that the harness/socket/bulb that goes to the right tail/brake light housing was hanging down (not attached to the light fixture). Then I saw that there was a gray plastic socket that the bulb plugs into that in turn plugs into the wiring harness. The gray plastic socket has 3 tabs on it the fit into corresponding notches in the light fixture/housing.

So I made sure the gray plastic socket was fully inserted into the wiring harness female housing and then inserted the assembly into the light fixture housing. It went in fine but would not "lock" in place. Rather it would just spin freely.

It appears that there needs to be a washer/spacer (maybe a rubber gasket type) that goes between the black harness rear face the front of the fixture to keep these 2 items spaced appart so that the twist/lock system can work.

When I look at the parts manual I don't see any such part? Just the taillight socket 4011101 Socket, Taillight and the bulb?

What am I missing??? Does the washer/spacer just come as part of the socket that is not shown in the parts manual??? OR ???

The other side was also loose and missing the spacer/washer.

Thanks for any help

darterdad March 27th, 2012 04:41 PM

Re: Brake/Tail Light Socket Question???
 
I sure there should be a rubber gasket(seal)...

Pirate March 27th, 2012 05:14 PM

Re: Brake/Tail Light Socket Question???
 
There should be three tabs around the circle of the light bulb socket note that one of the three is bigger than the other two. You have to look through the red lense to make sure you have them aligned properly, then push the socket in and twist and it will lock.

Then there is the wiring harness plug that snaps into the back of the bulb socket, if you break the locking tab, it won't stay plugged in. I have one like that, but used a piece of 100mph aluminum tape to lock it together...been that way for two years now.

It is possible, ask me I know, to bugger up the tabs and the light fixture until it won't stay in place. Time for a new tail light.

Hope this helps,

Pirate

BigBird2 March 27th, 2012 07:28 PM

Re: Brake/Tail Light Socket Question???
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Pirate (Post 930026)
There should be three tabs around the circle of the light bulb socket note that one of the three is bigger than the other two. You have to look through the red lense to make sure you have them aligned properly, then push the socket in and twist and it will lock.

Then there is the wiring harness plug that snaps into the back of the bulb socket, if you break the locking tab, it won't stay plugged in. I have one like that, but used a piece of 100mph aluminum tape to lock it together...been that way for two years now.

It is possible, ask me I know, to bugger up the tabs and the light fixture until it won't stay in place. Time for a new tail light.

Hope this helps,

Pirate

Yes I have the 3 tabs as described and can get them in and twits as described. However, it doesn't lock because, even with the sockets inserted all the way into the wiring harness, the gap between the forward surface of the tabs and the rear surface of the harness plastic is quite a bit more than the thickness of the plastic on the tail light housing where it is inserted?

topgun March 28th, 2012 01:05 PM

Re: Brake/Tail Light Socket Question???
 
Yes there is a gasket between the socket and light fixture. It's on there pretty good, kinda snapped over the 3 tabs to help keep it from falling off. You'll probably have to try and rig something up as it isn't available separately.

topgun March 28th, 2012 01:05 PM

Re: Brake/Tail Light Socket Question???
 
Maybe the gasket off of a headlamp bulb would fit?


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