Tail Light Remedies
Intermittent or non-functional
tail lights can be a real source of aggravation for first generation Mustang owners.
Many malfunctions can occur causing lighting failure.
Corrosion in light socket interferes with continuity.
Brittle brass socket tends to crack, prohibiting bulb from holding tight in socket.
Rusted tension spring for bulb contacts in socket prevents reliable service.
Broken ''pigtail'' plug at wire loom often makes an open circuit.
Burned out light bulb (1157) not related to socket failure.
The old socket is pressed out of the tail light housing. Penetrating fluid can
aid in the removal of socket.
The new socket comes complete with different pigtail. Notice the sloppy fit when
the new socket is slipped into tail light housing.
If your new socket isn't tight in the housing, remove the sockets ''guts'' and
sand off cadmium plating before silver soldering in place with pencil torch.
The new socket's pigtail incorporates a ground wire, connect this to tail light
mounting studs. The other two wires feed the tail and brake/turn signal filaments.
Clip body's ''feed'' loom and solder& heat shrink tube connector to their appropriate
Test to insure proper tail and brake light operation. Use new tail light housing
and lens pads for continued satisfactory service.