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Headlight connector rust cleaning

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by shankyjones, Dec 4, 2022.

  1. Dec 4, 2022 at 11:15 AM
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    shankyjones

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    Has anyone used the CRC connector cleaner to remove the rust from the 3prong connection? Mine are quite rusty and I am just curious as to whether using the cleaning then blowing it out with air gun would damage or remove most of the metal.
     
  2. Dec 4, 2022 at 11:51 AM
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    Remains to be seen I bought the tires and wheels the rest came along
    I have used CRC 556 for years .

    Never had the connector cleaner is it made for rust??

    Rusty or Corrosion ??

    If blowing out with air removes metal it is time to replace . Reduce your air pressure protect your eyes.

    Pictures what your dealing with please
     
  3. Dec 4, 2022 at 12:00 PM
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    Here ya go

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  4. Dec 4, 2022 at 12:08 PM
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    I would bet you can find a universal replacement cheap and wire it yourself. Had this issue long ago with a few of my cars and that always fixed it.
     
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    You can go to any part store and ask for a headlight pigtail, wire in a new one and don't look back.

    I have to do this to my own truck sometime this week.

    Even if you cleaned the connections, the pins are likely weak on tension. Cheap and easy to replace the connector.
     
  6. Dec 4, 2022 at 12:10 PM
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    So at this point your head lights no longer work??

    You can try cleaning since the lights no longer nothing to lose.

    I would just replace.
     
  7. Dec 4, 2022 at 12:11 PM
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    On second view they are not too bad. I just sprayed the electronic cleaner and will blow out in a minute
     
  8. Dec 4, 2022 at 12:12 PM
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    The lights still work. Just some preventive maintenance
     
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  9. Dec 4, 2022 at 12:19 PM
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    As Eric the car guy says, 'get intimate with your car or truck...is what I am doing and having a blast!
     
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    For rusty connectors, DeoxIt works better because it dries more slowly (5-10 minutes), giving it more time to soak on the corrosion: https://www.amazon.com/Hosa-D5S-6-DeoxIT-Contact-Cleaner/dp/B00006LVEU/

    I've had Lloyds contact cleaner eat the paint on my grille. No experience with CRC to know if it'll do the same.
     
  11. Dec 4, 2022 at 12:32 PM
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    3JOH it has rave reviews
     
  12. Dec 4, 2022 at 12:34 PM
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    I went through this not long ago with a few connectors and used 600grit and a super small screwdriver to clean up the contacts. I then put a little bit of diaeletric grease when reattaching to keep water outm
     
  13. Dec 4, 2022 at 4:21 PM
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    Looks like the CRC connector cleaner is going to work just fine
     
  14. Dec 4, 2022 at 10:38 PM
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    put some dielectric grease on them when you finish cleaning the up.
     
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