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Old 07-02-2010, 10:17 AM
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So when my license plate light bulbs died, I went to change them and it seemed like the plug wasn't clipped into the light socket or anything. Almost as if it was glued in there. Of course when I removed the plug from the actual socket I can't put it back in and get it to stay as there doesn't appear to be anything for it to hook onto. What's the best way to fix this? What's the proper way to change these things?
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Old 07-02-2010, 10:34 AM
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License lights have a one piece mount made of a white plastic material. Over time, the heat from the bulb deteriorates the plastic and the socket part separates from the mount.
Perhaps someone else has effectively repaired the break but I've tried bubba glues, super epoxies and even gas tank repair guck. The heat from the bulb simply breaks them down in a matter of weeks.
You will have to replace the wiring harness which A. is a DWO part and B. it means the other side will also fall apart soon.
You must be blessed...I've replaced the harnesses on both sides at least twice since I've owned my truck. Whatever you do, don't run brighter(hotter) bulbs, it only accelerates the deterioration.
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So where can I get these harnesses? What's DWO btw? This is the crappiest licesne plate light setup I've ever seen. Then again, I guess it's what I should expect from a Dodge. I need to replace both sides.
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So I see online on Dodge OEM sites a wiring harness, a socket that says lamp wiring, etc. Which one of these do I need? Do I need the housing too?
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YOu can get them from the dealer for <$30.
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Those come individualy(sp), behind the bumper you will see theres a connector for both sockets. You can get them at Mopar. They do still make them.
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Old 07-02-2010, 11:31 AM
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I just unplugged mine and took them out because they both fell out of the bumper.

You can get them from LMCTruck for 16$ each.
I called the dealer and they said $30ish each and that was another one of those hang up on the parts department moments.
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I looked on LMC and they do have them for $16.95 or something. Then it was $10 something in shipping, plus I have to wait for them to come. So I ended up calling the dealer. Turns out they have them for $19 and they are in stock. So when I factor in shipping with LMC the dealer is actually cheaper. So I'm just going to get them there and I can get them today.
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If it where me, I would take thoughs bulbs out and replace with there led match. You can order them from many websites. http://www.superbrightleds.com/
They should have them....
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I've thought of the LED screws to replace the screws that hold the plate on. I think it was on this site that I saw them.
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Yeah I thought seriously about doing that and just doing away with these bulbs. Would have been a hell of a lot cheaper. $15 vs the the $38 for the harnesses, the $17 for the covers since mine are cracked, and then $7.50 for the bulbs. Yet. I decided I didn't want to have these there and no lights in them. I ended up ordering a set of LED's off ebay to put in when they get here. Maybe they won't cause as many problems melting the plastic.
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I had the same problem, I just wired in leds and held them in with silicone. Works and looks great. And it was cheap too.
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What about going to the bone yard? One of mine is out of it's socket and that's what I'm gonna do.
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I feel like if them breaking is this common, the ones at a junk yard will probably be broken too. Or so close to breaking I wont want them. That is unless you find one that has new ones.

Anyway, I got the ones from the dealer this afternoon and just came back from putting them on. Apparently according to the dealer they make two styles of these depending on your truck. They had 2 of the style I had luckily as they only had 1 in stock of the other style. Anyway, I put them on and now they work great. I just need new lens as mine are cracked. I ordered some 2 new lenses from Rock Auto as well as some LED's from eBay. So hopefully in a week or two I will have this setup how I want it.

I also got my exhaust fixed today. So now I'm getting closed to having the truck back like it should be. The only thing I have left is brake lines, which aren't that bad, they just are starting to get surface rust on the under the hood ones. So I want to change those sometime soon before they do get all rusty and I run the risk of one going bad. That's just one of those things I want perfect, so any rust I want to nip in the bud. Other than the brake lines and these pieces, I don't think there is anything else I need to do to this truck.
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