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OrangeSVTguy 12-08-2012 04:15 PM

Found out why my license plate lights don't work.
 
Got pulled over the other night for no plate lights and some other stuff(no tickets tho lol).

Well here's the reason. One of the bulbs was missing while the other was "floating" in there. Both were corroded to shit and the plastic broken that holds the contacts. I've never changed these before so I have no idea how long they have been out.

Anyone else have this problem? I'm thinking of putting a weatherproof LED strip under there for illumination.

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k2...psdca26545.jpg
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k2...ps63febf82.jpg

lildisco 12-08-2012 04:20 PM

My sisters zts had this problem too. Let me know with what you come up with & i may have to try it on hers. She's only got 1 license plate light, the bulb & protective cover are both missing for whatever reason. Damn used cars

TerryB 12-08-2012 04:40 PM

The same thing is going to happen. I've used better bulbs and replaced the whole lense and bulb holder. It must be the the moulding piece that allows water in there. I did mine two years ago and they look like crap already. I think we have to start above the area to stop the water. I've been meaning to come up with something, but I always forget until the bulbs crap out or lenses turn green.

swagfocuswagon 12-08-2012 04:49 PM

Shit the trip piece mine mount in on my wagon broke off, was dangling by the wired, bulbs missing, and the wiring is severely corroded.

TerryB 12-08-2012 04:54 PM

Autozone has them. I don't remember paying this much though. Shop around I guess.
http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/buy...art-68160.html

02fordsvt 12-08-2012 05:15 PM

A salvage yard would have them cheap but you'll be hard pressed to find a set in good shape. All of them that I've seen have been corroded like that.

whynotthinkwhynot 12-08-2012 05:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TerryB (Post 4489695)
The same thing is going to happen. ... I've been meaning to come up with something, but I always forget until the bulbs crap out or lenses turn green.

yeah, me too. Oh well, you can try putting some grease on the contacts to prevent future corrosion. That might be helpful, but I'd be sure that the grease I used was heat resistant. LEDs might be helpful in that regard also.

SkyPilot 12-08-2012 06:22 PM

mine looked the same way after 8 years of use. I found a set on ebay for like $15 shipped and just replaced them.

upstater 12-08-2012 08:32 PM

Whatever makes it legal. I repl the entire thing recently. LED lights correcting factory issues from a piss-poor design.

Tymes 12-08-2012 10:05 PM

Mine went a few years ago, the metal clips crumbles in my hand. I did the LED strip, but because of the weather the outer coating kept cracking and letting moisture in and killing the lights. Then I tried these bolt lights:

http://images.motorcycle-superstore....ghts-Black.jpg
DO not bother with these, they don't put out enough light to satisfy most cops, they are intended for the much smaller motorcycle plates. Now I have this:

http://www.autobarn.com/images/pacer/20-735-white.jpg

Only issue I found was it put a lot of light straight back at cars behind you, so I taped the part I needed light to come thru and painted everything else black. Works pretty good and the cops leave me alone now.


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