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    Posted: Apr/07/2021 at 4:04pm
The tail light sockets in my '70 AMX are occasionally coming out of the housing, usually after driving on a bumpy road. It has gotten progressively worse over the last 5 years. I've replaced the sockets, but the new ones don't stay in place any better than the originals. Anybody have a trick to get the 1157 sockets to stay in place even on a harsh road surface?
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You say you replaced the sockets. I can't speak for the 1970 tail light housings but my 69 housings have an indexing tab in the socket opening at the 12 o'clock position that locates the socket orientation. My bulb sockets have a open spot on the locking tabs that engages with the tab.
Could it be that the sockets you're using may not have a open spot and that's not allowing the sockets to seat tightly and fully in the housing ?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Perrybones Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/09/2021 at 4:38pm
Just another poor AMC design, just push in without a turn and lock. Mine fell out all the time, I replaced with new and it got worse. I just installed the LED custom fit EasyPerformance LEDs, they have problems too. Just cant win with the tail lights on these cars!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Heavy 488 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/09/2021 at 4:57pm
Just get those magnetic ones they use for towing. Pop em' on the deck lid and problem solved. LOL
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Yeah!  Maybe those ones that go on top of the trunk so dopey phone users dont slam into the back of my hard to get bumper!
(see my post about the LED conversion boards, another fiasco)
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68 AMerican has a similar design; so does 72 Hornet. I'm sure many more. As george w says, there is a 'missing prong' on the socket that aspirationally snaps into the metal reflector. They're also in a terrible location and get bumped a lot. The Hornet is much worse than the 68.

I gently bent all of the prongs slightly wider for a tighter fit, this "helps". But I really have to lean into the trunk to see exactly how to install it. I check it weekly. 

I replaced the 1157/2357's with red LED clusters. I found some inexpensive ones that had LEDs more on the sides then out straight, they work great.
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Tom, can you please share where you obtained the LED's?  Thanks.
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I bought a set of these for a 68 AMX from a forum member.  Work great - the sockets stay in and keep a good electrical connection



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Steve_P Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/10/2021 at 2:45pm
1970 is different than 1968-9.  70 bulb housings are recessed (they learned something from 68-9) and IIRC uses plastic sockets
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