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Shopping a Getaway HS2 - bulb issues

By Flake49

5 years ago

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#4 5 years ago

Those are both mpu controlled 555 twist style bulbs mounted on Printed circuit lamp boards. Sometimes the small metal "ears" don't make good contact on the solder pads when the socket is installed. Try putting a little pressure on the lamp socket to see if it is intermittent. You can also carefully (not too much force) pull the ears a little so they contact the solder pads better. Sometimes the sockets break inside and need to be replaced. Sometimes you can bend the leads on the bulbs outward a small so they fit tighter within the lamp socket. Make sure the wires are not broken or loose at the connectors. It could be cracked or cold solder on the header pins on the lamp board which can be reflowed with fresh solder.

#19 5 years ago

Place a little rosin solder flux on all the pins (back side of the board) before you reflow them. That will help reflow the solder. It does not take a lot of heat. Be careful and use a very small solder tip on your iron if you have one. I always clean and re-tin the end of my iron with fresh solder and some flux before soldering the pins. You should be fine. This is a must know skill for owners.

#25 5 years ago

I would reflow the solder on all those pins just to eliminate that question. Make sure the wires on the IDC connector are all tight and making good electrical contact with the pins. Sometimes the diodes on these boards short. In this case diode D2 is for the middle lamp. You can test the diode if you have a diode test function on your meter. You should read between 0.4 and 0.6 volts across the diode. You should check all three of them to see that you are getting about the same reading across each of them.

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