Cars are pretty much like humans. One day they are fine, the next they are a little bit unwell. That’s normal. With a minor repair, the car will always run well. Take the broken light socket for instance. It is one of the most common problems as far as cars are concerned. They affect the headlights which go dim and eventually off completely. You either have to replace the bulb or the entire headlight system. But like you are about to find out, the problem is sometimes bigger than the dimming bulb or the burnt out one. There are other common problems that can easily take a toll on your Porsche light socket. Here’s how to troubleshoot and fix them.
This is perhaps the most common headlight issue known to car owners. Surprisingly, fixing it is not as easy as it sounds. You must have torxdquo tip screwdriver. You can then access the bulb from under the hood by turning your car’s retaining ring and pulling out the bulb socket. You will need the torxdquo screw driver so as to access the bulbs by removing the lens. Avoid by all means touching the glass of your new Porsche bulb with your bare hands. The oils and other debris on you hand can easily cause the bulb to fail. Gently reinsert the socket into the main headlamp housing then turn on your lights.
Bad Wire Or Corroded Socket
A bad wire or corroded socket can easily cause your headlights to go off. Note that when several lights are out, such as both taillights and both headlamps, the problem is most likely the fuse. All you need to do is replace the fuse. You may however need to probe your car’s wiring with a 12 volt auto test light which is available in most stores.
This could be as a result of dirty accumulation or debris build-up around the socket. Turn off your Porsche headlight switch and remove the bulb. Wipe or clean the socket with an electrical contact cleaner. You can purchase one from an auto parts store for less than $50. If you see heavy corrosion or debris build up, scrape it off gently with a wire brush or a small screwdriver.
Be sure to test the power at the socket. You can do this by turning the light switch on then grounding the tester to a clean screw on the body of your car. Gently probe all contacts to see if the tester lights up. If the contacts look corroded, wipe or scratch the surface. Be careful not to distort or bend them. Note that the tester will only light for two out of three contacts. One wont light because it is a ground. If two light up, insert a the bulb. Replace the socket if the bulb still does not work.
This too, is a common problem. Push the tip of the tester right through the wiring insulation located behind the socket so as to access with the wire. If it lights for two wires, then the wiring is perfect. Note though that the tester will only light for two out of three wires. The ground wire will not light. Check for any visible problems if the lighter does not turn on. You can also try replacing the socket if all else fails.