Hella tail lights

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  1. Willnr

    Willnr Read Only Funster

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    We have hella wrap around tail lights on our 2006 autoquest, the drivers side brake and tail light isn't working. I've changed the bulb with no success, the connection is a little corroded and the bulb holder doesn't fit very well. Has anyone had similar problems and come up with an ingenious solution to this problem? Can you just replace the holder alone or does it just need a good clean?
     
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    Hi personally I would check continuity along the line /fuse to the bulb before spending any beer money :)but hope you get it sorted
     
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    Try a good clean with some coarse wet n dry then wire wool and wd40.
    Only 2 x screws holding the metal strip on.
    I dont think you can get the metal strip with the bulb holders on its own. (Could be wrong)
    A new complete light assembly is around £65

    Also ensure there is no corrosion on the actual bulbs and check the spade terminals on the wiring....replace if they, or the wire, are corroded.
     
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    Thanks for that, I'll get the multimeter out next then. All the relative fuses are ok.
     
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    It takes VERY little corrosion to give a non existant connection.
     
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    And the wd40, 65 quid is a lot of beer. I know which I prefer to spend the money on:D
     
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    Its a very common issue that comes up time and again. you are fortunate the van is 2006 so prior to canbus wiring. one long term solution is to change the bulbs out for LEDs and solder them directly into the wiring
    another issue is a bad earth on the cluster or back where it joins the chassis. easy enough to fix
     
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    WD40 acts as a lube for the wire wool.
    Dont forget to clean the sprung bulb contact arms as well.
     
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    I'm getting lack of lights problems too. All the bulbs have proved to be fine up to now just corrosion on the contacts/terminals. The high level brake light took me two attempts to get right as it has eight cap less bulbs in it and it was a right pain to clean everything up properly. Good luck (y)
     
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    I got my van in Sept last and by the spring I had changed all the bulbs for LED's no further trouble
     
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    I would cut your loses and replace units and put in LED's no more trouble
     
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    the fine would be more than 65 pounds plus 3 points you get pulled a light not working
     
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    I've got a 2004 Ducato 2,8 can I change my rear lights for LED.I always thought I had canbus and couldn't replace them.I don't know anything about electrics.
     
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    Only if you dont get it fixed in the given time line.

    If stopped you get a "fix it" ticket.
    You have a set time to get it professionally repaired (garage workshop) then take the completed (by the garage) ticket to the police station.
    Failure to comply results in a fine otherwise all sorted.
     
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    Providing you buy the correct CANBUS COMPATIBLE led lights you can.
    They have a resistor inside which fools the canbus system into seeing a correct filament type bulb.
    Standard leds have the wrong resistance and the canbus will see it as a failed bulb.
     
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    Duplicate post
     
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    yes that vintage is pre canbus
     
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    I have fixed problems like this on numerous occasions, sometimes its just a corroded bulb holder, sometimes its actually a failed bulb but often it is a combination of issues caused by poor quality wiring and connections. Have a look at the various connections in the wiring to the light units. There's usually a multi connector just under the floor at the rear, behind each light unit and these often get corroded creating high resistances which stop various lights working.

    As an aside I really don't understand why so many people are scared of/worried about CANBUS, it really doesn't make fixing rear light problems any more difficult, in fact one real advantage is that the dashboard tells you when a light isn't working which didn't happen pre CANBUS systems.

    D.
     
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    Changing road light bulbs to LED versions doesn't mean they won't get corroded and stop working though!

    D.
     
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    far more robust though if you solder the LED replacements in though of course
     
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