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Old 11-06-2002, 08:50 PM   #1
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Damnit this sux! Right when everything is working fine, and Will assures me the Jet Chip is worth while, and I'm ready to buy a Stage 2 chip...my friggin right fog lamp goes out! I was casually driving back to the office on business and I noticed in the paint reflection of the truck in front of me that I had no right lamp. Sure enough the resflection didn't lie. Is it a short? Burnt out? How much do OEM lamps cost? Or are there other aftermarket lamps that fit in those huge holes in the Bonneville bumper covers? I'm still buying my chip (probably tonight) but this really pisses me off.
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I assume you checked the bulb, so I'll tell you that if your reflector assembly isn't in bad shape, you won't be paying the 50 bucks for a new one at gmpartsdirect. Blazertechs fit the hole with a little creativity. You'll find an article up in Techinfo on this. The Blazertechs are slightly cheaper than OEM lights, too. If the lamp is good, check for power at the socket, and tell us what you find. If you had a short, both would be out, as the fuse would protect the circuit, so you would probably have a broken wire if the lamp is good and you have no power.
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Actually I didn't check the bulb. :P

I'm still at work and its dark, I'll check tomarrow. Think a wire just went bad?
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Nope. Now I think you have a bulb out.

Bozo. I figgered you checked that already! You just like to hear yourself talk!
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Nope. Now I think you have a bulb out.

Bozo. I figgered you checked that already! You just like to hear yourself talk!
Looks whos talkin mr. "Certified Bonneville Nut"

Anyway, where can I get a fog lamp bulb? Direct me oh wise one!
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Uhhh, we got a slight problem here. I gently tapped the lamp before I left work and it suddenly lit!

So I'm driving around all happy and then the lighting seemed a little strange once I was almost home. Sure enough in the garage I get home and its out again....I was practically punching the light trying to get it to come back on. *sigh*

No I gotta find a lose wire don't I? Man.....
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It could still be the bulb. The connectors on the lamps are well designed, weatherproof, and tough. That doesn't always mean anything though. You tapped on it, and it flickered, so you have the problem narrowed down to a 6 cubic inch area!

Swap bulbs between the left and right. You could have a filament going out....btw, do NOT get finger grease on the glass part of the bulb. If that doesn't make the problem go to the other side, look at the connector. Use a small jeweler'* screwdriver to bend the spring portion of the contacts back into position if necessary, and use some contact cleaner on the lamp socket and connector. If this doesn't work, get a new connector or one from a wrecker, and splice it in. Should be an easy fix.
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Bulbs run around $10.00 each, and like the bird man said, don't touch the glass of the bulb because the grease from your fingers will fry that bulb withing a few days or weeks.

I hope its just a bulb
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Good advise all, I'll file this away.
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