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Old 05-15-2008, 07:07 PM   #1
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Default Bulb Socket Melted! what to do now?

so my right headlight socket melted! the bulb will not turn on anymore. has anybody had this problem? how much was it to repair??
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Old 05-15-2008, 07:26 PM   #2
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If it is only the socket that melted I'd grab a headlight wiring assembly out of a wrecked Subie and cut off a bulb socket and solder + heat shrink it onto the wiring to minimize the voltage drop versus say a crimping.

Be careful though, bulb sockets don't melt without reason. Find out what caused it to melt, look for shorts, harness fraying, and melting in the housing.

I'd say if you do your research and find the right junkyard it would cost <$10. More if you get a generic replacement or one from the dealer.
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Old 05-15-2008, 07:33 PM   #3
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so my right headlight socket melted! the bulb will not turn on anymore. has anybody had this problem? how much was it to repair??
do you mean the rear cover, or the electrical socket? i think you mean the rear cover, and i think you're mistaken... sometimes it gets stuck. if it really melted, what wattage bulbs are you running?

plastic costs a lot to repair, you either fix it yourself with jb weld and spare parts or buy a new headlight.

i still think you're mistaken.

if you mean the connector(small rectangular thing that clips on the metal bulb plug connectors) socket, then it's a wiring problem or improper bulbs as described above.

is the thing you're talking about round with a corner lobbed off, or small and rectangular with two wires coming out if it?

or are you talking about the socket on the back of the headlight that is the wiring plug that is neither round nor rectangular?


the three things i'm trying to find out what you're talking about are:

the headlight wiring connector
the lowbeam bulb connector
the lowbeam rear dustcap
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Old 05-15-2008, 07:48 PM   #4
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do you mean the rear cover, or the electrical socket? i think you mean the rear cover, and i think you're mistaken... sometimes it gets stuck. if it really melted, what wattage bulbs are you running?

plastic costs a lot to repair, you either fix it yourself with jb weld and spare parts or buy a new headlight.

i still think you're mistaken.

if you mean the connector(small rectangular thing that clips on the metal bulb plug connectors) socket, then it's a wiring problem or improper bulbs as described above.

is the thing you're talking about round with a corner lobbed off, or small and rectangular with two wires coming out if it?

or are you talking about the socket on the back of the headlight that is the wiring plug that is neither round nor rectangular?


the three things i'm trying to find out what you're talking about are:

the headlight wiring connector
the lowbeam bulb connector
the lowbeam rear dustcap

I am talking about the electrical socket that connects to the bulb itself. Its just melted and wont work! any help?
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Old 05-15-2008, 08:06 PM   #5
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You will either have to find a Auto parts store that sells generic sockets and splice it into the wiring harness, or like mentioned above, find a wiring harness in a junk yard and cut the length of wire you need.

Subaru does not sell the sockets. You have to get the whole wiring harness, and it's not cheap, approx $900.00 just for the part

What kind of bulbs are you using? Are they the "blue" bulbs? They are know to cause the problem you are describing
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Old 05-15-2008, 08:37 PM   #6
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yeah i'm going to bet your bulbs are overwattage and causing the failure... luckily you can solder on a new connector but i'd suggest finding out what caused it(if your bulbs aren't OEM it will probably be them, so replace them with stock clear 55w regular or LongLife bulbs.) first
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Old 05-16-2008, 02:49 PM   #7
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http://www.rallylights.com/hella/hel.../CPH7CF_xl.jpg

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Look under Hella > Connectors > H7 Connectors

These are made from ceramic -- very durable.
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Old 05-17-2008, 12:23 PM   #8
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http://www.rallylights.com/hella/hel.../CPH7CF_xl.jpg

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Look under Hella > Connectors > H7 Connectors

These are made from ceramic -- very durable.


So if i get a pair of these connectors, how hard is the install? can i do it myself?
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Old 05-20-2008, 12:38 AM   #9
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any body? please help!
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Old 05-20-2008, 11:45 AM   #10
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If you know anything about wiring, you should be able to do them yourself. But if not, I wouldn't attempt it....you could do more damage
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Old 05-20-2008, 12:39 PM   #11
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you can also just use regular spade female connectors.

i would just recommend that you do the headlight harness relay mod.

this way you can run the same bulbs still and have much better output.

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Old 05-20-2008, 09:59 PM   #12
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today, my headlight came back on magically! What is going on!??!?!?!
im pretty sure my socket was toast..
im so confused...
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Old 05-21-2008, 10:46 AM   #13
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.....once again, what kind of bulbs do you have installed? .....and it's not magic. Something is obviously shorting whether it's actually due to components melting, a loose connection or some other reason. Either way, I would strongly suggest finding someone who knows something about such things in your area to help you out. Try the regional forums. I'm sure a fellow member can help you track down the culprit.
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Old 05-21-2008, 03:59 PM   #14
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if you can go to junk yard buy the headlight and cut off the wire or if you know how to replace it

just replace the wholething
i would never cut the harnesst unless you dont know how to replace it
also you have to test the used headlight for any leak before swaping out
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if you can go to junk yard buy the headlight and cut off the wire or if you know how to replace it

just replace the wholething
i would never cut the harnesst unless you dont know how to replace it
also you have to test the used headlight for any leak before swaping out

Replacing the whole thing requires replacing the entire engine wiring harness. There is no "break" that can just be replaced. Splicing into the harness is his best/cheapest option, unless he has about $1k just sitting around.

There are kits available at most auto part stores for about $10. They come with instructions on how to splice them in.
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the connector probably just touched the other end inside the bulb. trust me, it didn't fix itself magically. RexyGirl has given good advice, and i suggest you take it unless you wanna rip your entire car apart, to replace an entire harness for your headlight. Not to mention, it's NOT a plug and play part. Just splice and crimp/solder and you're good to go.
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