RE: 97 Cavalier/Sunfire rear turn signal burns out every three days.
I have cleaned the lamp socket with electrical cleaner and checked all
the fuses. The base of the blub gets melted every time I change it
(using a new bulb of the correct type).
Should I replace the socket? Any other ideas on a fix?
What bulb are you using?
Does it melt when you insert it or later when you turn it on?
Does it melt when using the running light filament?
Does it melt when using the stop/turn signal filament?
Did the original bulb melt before you changed the bulb?
Did the original bulb burn out before you changed the bulb?
The spring inside the socket could be shorting out the socket
terminals when the spring is compressed by a bulb. Sometimes
you can pull the terminal assembly out of the socket and replace
the pigtail (terminals/insulator disk/spring/wires) with a new one
(about $2 at AutoZone ). Connect the new pigtail to the old
wires and push it all back into the socket.
With just a little more information, someone at alt.autos.gm
will probably be able to give a better answer.