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Old 01-26-2007, 05:38 PM
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what cleaner to use to clean bulb sockets?

i'm 99% sure the "lamp defective" warning i'm getting in my car is due to the sidemarker bulb sockets. i put in new bulbs and they light up fine, but i still get the warning. the sockets look very dirty and have lots of green/grey crud on them, what can i use to thoroughly clean the sockets?


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Old 01-26-2007, 06:52 PM
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Any metal/brass polish, applied with a rag.
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Old 01-26-2007, 07:46 PM
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Pencil with an eraser on the end can help get down in those tight spots to polish the contacts.
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Old 01-27-2007, 09:51 AM
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Deoxit cleaner from Caig Labs.
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Old 01-27-2007, 11:01 AM
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Tuner cleaner from Radioshack (if they still sell it)
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Old 01-27-2007, 01:20 PM
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I would add to the list:

Die-electric grease (auto parts stores carry it). Once you've cleaned the contacts with one of the above products, apply a bit of the grease to the same contacts. Especially those that are exposed to the environment.
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Old 01-27-2007, 09:08 PM
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An eraser works great. I know a lot of people who use that technique. Brass polish is also a good idea. Both of those are great for tarnish. But your deposits may be heavier than just tarnish. A tiny metal brush may be what you need. You could probably get one from a place that sells soldering kits like an electronic supply house.

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