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    Melted map light holder

    Noticed the passenger side map light was not working. Figured the bulb gave it up. Finally had the time to pop the lense off today and discovered that the bulb was still good, but the holder that it sits in had started to melt!! The plastic melted enough to cover one of the contacts, effectively shutting off the bulb.

    Anyone ever seen this before? Now, I'm willing to admit possible fault on this... I think the map light probably got left on, but to melt the holder??!! Didn't see THAT coming.
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    A friend had a late-80s Caddy Allante. ALL the tail-light reflectors in those would melt from brake light heat. On one of his, the bulb and socket fell into the light housing, the plastic solidified, and the plastic had to be CUT to remove the bulb and replace the tail-lights...



    For you, a solution would be to install LED bulbs. Does your van have interior lights that go out by themselves after a few minutes? I don't know if all conversion bulbs are "dim-able".
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    Yes, when the doors are shut, after a short period the interior lites go out. Thought about LED lighting, but so far, that's as far as it's gotten. Thanks for bringing it back to the forefront tho, will have to look into it a bit further.
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    Yes, on my 2005 T&C, my driverís side map light was inoperative. I pried off the cover to examine the bulb. Even though the bulb looked good, I sought out a replacement and installed it. It still did not work. When I examined the switch, I found it melted, which was why there was no light. I had my van in at the dealership and asked them to look at it. They told me that there is no simple fix and that the whole upper panel needed to be replaced at the cost of $175 (parts and labor). I was in a generous mood and told them to fix it. It is nice having a light again.
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    On the 04 Malibu that we used to own the front headlights were fogged up inside from smoke from the signal lights that were also used as daytime running lights. The heat from the bulbs would melt the connectors and burn holes through the back of the reflectors.
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    I believe I have some of the bulb holders laying around - if you can't find one at the junk yard. Got a picture of the lens assembly?

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    In my 01GC, I noticed that the map lights were dimming occasionally and sometimes turned off about three years ago. Also thought the bulb, but while disassembling by twist the bulb socket, I noticed extensive oxidation/corrosion/whatever you want to call it. Basically, I think that the resistance builds up over time due to the choice of metal used by Dodge causing a current increase and obviously a temp increase. I suspect that the resistance increased so much for you that you basically have a toaster up there at the electrical joint/connection. I used some scour pad to freshen the metal and my bulbs are bright again and no longer dim.

    I am also finding that some of the console buttons/switches (power side door and child interlock) have poor connections at the connector/receptacles within the upper console and they have failed even earlier. Doesn't look like Dodge used any grease within the connectors. They do on other connectors beside the distributor/plug wires, e.g., connector to my MOPAR VHS deck.

    My dashboard lights have dimmed and I suspect oxidation there too since when I hit the dash to shake the joint, it used to brighten for a little while. Now, they're permanently dim. I am in CA south bay so maybe some salt air is causing faster oxidation/scale buildup. Mike

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    Melted map lights

    There is no excuse for the lights to have melted. That is very dangerous. My 2007 TnC is in the shop now with the melted lights and the vent window not working. 4.jpg3.jpg2.jpg1.jpg

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    There needs to be a recall on these .... take a look at the ones I posted

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    My map light (overhead console light actually) just got dim AGAIN (first time was three years ago). At that time I just un-twisted it and re-inserted it, and it worked.

    This time I bent the contacts a little so as to make a better contact, sanded all the contacts with a fine emery paper to clean them up, and put Conductive Grease on the sockets. We'll see what happens. I know from experience that once a contact starts to burn, it really should be replaced...

    Ours didn't look half as bad as yours, so I guess the key is to act as soon as you notice a dim light.
    Atwell "Buff" Haines
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