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Old 05-12-2010, 03:14 PM   #1
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Corroded light sockets

Replacing the lens on the flood light. The light still works. Noticed that there is rust on the socket sleeve. What is the best way to "fix" this problem? Also noticed have the same "opportunity" with the tail lights. I assume I should remove as much rust as possible. Do I dare try to use rust inhibitor? Thanks. Jack
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Old 05-12-2010, 03:29 PM   #2
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.. there is rust on the socket sleeve. What is the best way to "fix" this problem? ...
Replace the sockets. Auto parts stores sell them for very few dollars.

The labor in doing so will be significantly less than cleaning.

Since the sockets are already rusted, that means the minimal corrosion protection the original manufacturer applied went AWOL, and you will be constantly re-cleaning.

Swab silicone GREASE (not RTV) over the new connectors for protection against oxidation.

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Old 05-12-2010, 03:31 PM   #3
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Depends on how bad the corrosion is. I have a fresh water atmsosphere here on the great lakes compared to the salty coast of GA. My '80 had corrosion in the same places and I used a combination of scotchbrite green or grey pads to scrub off most of it wrapped around a flat bladed screw driver to get into the socket itself. I also used 180 grit sandpaper to get some of the heavy stuff off. If the sockets are really badly rusted you can replace them pretty easily. They can be purchased at auto parts or trailer supply stores. I guess a rust inhibitor wouldn't hurt anything as long as it allowed the electricity to flow. I used silicone grease on the mating surface of the flood light lense to hopefully help with a moisture seal. That is silicone grease NOT silicone caulk and I kept it off the aluminum body of the A/S. It work pretty good on my boats spotlight which had a real moisture problem and it spends time in both fresh and salt water.
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What Tom said. A dremel tool with a wire brush attachment will work but it's not a lasting repair.
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:17 PM   #5
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I have seen light sockets in cars that come from the factory with what appears to be white lithium grease, if so I would think that grease has some anti-corrosion additives in it.
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Keep in mind that boats have these corrosion problems as well, and deal with them by using better materials. Chrome plated brass sockets are usually used rather than zinc plated steel....

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Replacing the lens on the flood light. The light still works. Noticed that there is rust on the socket sleeve. What is the best way to "fix" this problem? Also noticed have the same "opportunity" with the tail lights. I assume I should remove as much rust as possible. Do I dare try to use rust inhibitor? Thanks. Jack
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I'm on my third trailer - all have been a couple of years old when I bought them and so I have experienced corrosion in light sockets. I clean them up with a dremel and then apply dielectric (silicon) grease - seems to do the trick for me.

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