Volvo 850 Turn Signal Bulb Socket
Some Problems You Might Encounter with a Volvo 850 Turn Signal Bulb Socket
Your turn signals are parts of the car that have an importance not immediately recognized. In order for a car to make a turn or to signify oncoming traffic, they have to use their turn signals. A car with a broken turn signal has the significant problem of not being able to warn the oncoming or following car that they plan to turn left or right. Sometimes, the problem lies not with the bulb itself, but with the socket. It may have developed damage through the years that caused its deterioration. Below are some signs that your turn signal is turning for the worse.
One signal won't work
You might be hurrying for a job or driving to your nearest store before it closes. When you turn, you notice that one of your signals do not work, but all the other three works just fine. The problem in this case lies with your turn signal bulb socket. It may have become corroded as time passed on, and is having problems making contact with your light bulb. Another possible problem can be that your socket has a poor ground that causes your signal to malfunction.
One thing about sockets is that they are made of metal. Being made of metal, they are subject to all the problems that metal implements has on cars. They can become corroded, or they may suffer the normal wear and tear metal goes through. Sockets, especially in old cars, suffer from short-circuits and burnt bulbs. Sometimes, it may also cause a new bulb to light up but not blink. Any of the problems mentioned above may result in having a hard time socketing a light bulb.
There have been a few instances where signal lights were found to be blinking a bit too fast for comfort. Problems of this kind have got something to do with a failed bulb, or an open-circuit influencing the turn signal bulb socket. When this happens, check the voltage coming from your bulb socket. Sometimes, a cold solder, done from an improperly finished repair, causes this problem.
Getting the socket in and out
This is one common problem that most DIYers come across and find frustrating. Sometimes, a problem with the socket just has to be done on your own. However, there is a problem with Volvo cars on getting these bulb sockets in and out of the lamp housing. DIYers use makeshift release hooks using a coat hanger and a screwdriver to remove and install the socket.