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Author Topic: Pilot light goes out?  (Read 921 times)

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Re: Pilot light goes out?
« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2012, 09:42:16 AM »
I cleaned up the main chassis ground behind the battery case last year with my dremel, cleaned the bulb sockets with electrical contact cleaner and put a dab of weatherproofing gel around the outside of the actual bulb (not the contact points) ..I just have the OEM bulbs and head light..I haven't lost any of the original bulbs yet (knock on wood for a 06)..I did purchase the entire replacement bulb kit over the winter as a resource when the need arises. I like the idea of the LED bulbs for their low current draw but I'm satisfied with durability of the existing bulbs too..If you find that your losing a light bulb of any type, you have a problem that needs attention..GM
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Re: Pilot light goes out?
« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2012, 09:43:50 AM »
My right pilot light went out just last week. I purchased a 1445 incandescent light from Advanced Auto Parts. $5 for a pack of two. My problem when trying to install was first getting the old bulb out of its socket. I finally got it out with  some pliers. My next problem was with getting them to stay locked in upon installing the new one. It just will not remain twisted in completely and I don't want to use pliers in fear of crushing the bulb as the bulb is the only thing to hang on to. finally got it as much as I could with my fingers and hoped for the best. So far so good after a couple of rides. Any suggestions on how to seat it more firmly without breaking the bulb?
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Re: Pilot light goes out?
« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2012, 10:00:25 AM »
Those I never tackled but someone had written that they were a bugger to get out and then getting them back in place and secured was another issue..You would think a fine needle nose plier and a twist and direct pull out would be the way to go but its a Enfield..I haven't had to replace mine so maybe someone has a better idea on the subject.GM
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Re: Pilot light goes out?
« Reply #18 on: July 16, 2012, 10:05:05 AM »
Yes, getting it out was a problem but I could see it was burnt out so didn't care if I broke it. Now I do care with a new bulb so any "bright" ideas out there would be appreciated.
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Re: Pilot light goes out?
« Reply #19 on: July 16, 2012, 11:23:47 AM »
Use some tight fitting vinyl hose as a tool to install the bulb.
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Re: Pilot light goes out?
« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2012, 05:53:59 AM »
Great idea Gremlin, I'll give it a shot.
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Re: Pilot light goes out?
« Reply #21 on: July 17, 2012, 09:46:37 AM »
I put in LEDS, after the left one burnt out a few thousand miles later one of the guys at work comes up to me. 

"Hey man, looks like your left light is burnt out."

 "Cool, thanks."

"What are those light for anyway?"

"Oh, them,  they burn out."

"No I asked what they are for..."

"Ya, they are there to burn out.."

"Oh."

The left light is still out and the right still lit. On my 95 the left screw was so corroded in it sheared off when I tried to remove it.  Now its missing an eyeball.

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Re: Pilot light goes out?
« Reply #22 on: July 17, 2012, 08:10:34 PM »
The problem is almost always a bad ground. LED's stock? That's heresy

 :o did I show my age? We had electricity when I was growing up. So why doesn't the running lights use carbide lanterns instead?

 ;D  Ok yeah I guess I get what you mean about not having stock LED and it is a good thing even if the blasted things never make if home lit from my dealership, well the left one more then the right.  I do like the LED lights I installed and they are very noticeable if not correct.  Hey I want to brighten up my speedo can the light be replaced with the same type as the running lights and indicator lights (brights, neutral, turn signal)? I have issues at night with amber or yellow goggles seeing the needle.
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Re: Pilot light goes out?
« Reply #23 on: April 09, 2013, 01:18:06 AM »
I put in LEDS, after the left one burnt out a few thousand miles later one of the guys at work comes up to me. 

"Hey man, looks like your left light is burnt out."

 "Cool, thanks."

"What are those light for anyway?"

"Oh, them,  they burn out."

"No I asked what they are for..."

"Ya, they are there to burn out.."

"Oh."

The left light is still out and the right still lit. On my 95 the left screw was so corroded in it sheared off when I tried to remove it.  Now its missing an eyeball.



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Re: Pilot light goes out?
« Reply #24 on: April 09, 2013, 12:11:49 PM »
#53 automotive bulb is a cheap durable replacement (ask me how i know).
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Re: Pilot light goes out?
« Reply #25 on: April 09, 2013, 12:25:24 PM »
I got the socket to of the hole when I replaced mine with LEDs. I think I pushed them out the front. Anyway I was looking at the sockets when I swapped the bulbs. They were a bit tight, but at least I could see what I was doing.
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