Re: 9-5 Tail Lamp - detailed explanation. - Saab NG9-5 Bulletin Board - Saabnet.com
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The unit has the LEDs stips at the top and the little 3-light LED for the side marker; these together are the taillight or running light. The right side (but not the left) also has the LED back-up/reversing light. The brake light and the turn signal(at least on US cars)consist of the single Halogen H21W bulb in the socket and the 9-LED strip along the bottom of the taillight assembly (the bulb and the 9 LEDs come on together). The LED parts of the NG 9-5 lamp seem fairly robust so far (unlike the 9-4X units) although I am working on one now that has water damage to the LED strip. The big problem with these is the bulb socket overheating. If you are lucky it only damages the little socket, but the light I'm working on also has the housing melted so the bulb can't be made to work at all. It looks like the original bulb sockets (labelled "Visteon") are all likely to overheat and damage the housing, creating the need for expensive ($250 ish)repair of the whole taillight (since new ones are not available, I see a used one on eBay asking $600...). To avoid this fate, you need to replace the sockets with new Saab Part Number 13320956 sockets (about $30 each from Orio/Saab. So it's a "pay me now or pay me later" situation. I hope this helps!
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