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Old 17th January 2013, 02:42 PM   #1
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Hello everybody,

I need some help. On one of 2a3 sockets I am missing a steel clip that keeps the contacts tensioned. I looked high and low trying to find if anybody sells them, but no luck. I just don't want to buy a new socket just for a 0.02 piece that sprang out.

Does anybody know where to find those steel tensioning springs for 4pin socets?

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Old 17th January 2013, 03:04 PM   #2
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Hello everybody,

I need some help. On one of 2a3 sockets I am missing a steel clip that keeps the contacts tensioned. I looked high and low trying to find if anybody sells them, but no luck. I just don't want to buy a new socket just for a 0.02 piece that sprang out.

Does anybody know where to find those steel tensioning springs for 4pin socets?

Thanks!
can you post a picture so we know exactly what you need?
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Old 17th January 2013, 03:20 PM   #3
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Click the image to open in full size.

Here is the pic, on the back side of the socket, on each pin there is a steel spring keeping the contact pins tensioned.
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Old 17th January 2013, 03:34 PM   #4
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I would just buy a new socket. If one has sprung the others are probably not far off from doing the same thing. 2 weeks ago I replaced the left headlamp on my car. 2 days ago the right one burned out!
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You should really request a new sockets from wherever you bought the sockets from . Those spring clips get bashed and broken in transit , the sockets come from China in bags of 20 . I have a few broken sockets with the clips if you get stuck and can't find anything locally

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Old 17th January 2013, 07:25 PM   #6
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I guess I am just going to get some inexpensive Chinese sockets and rip those clips off of them...
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Old 18th January 2013, 12:50 AM   #7
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Not easy to place this spring in the working position though.
This socket in the photo already oxidated.
It worth all this risk and extra work?!
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