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    Question LED Plate Bulb Resistors?!

    Hi all,

    I purchased two LED bulbs for my number plate, but they just flicker and the 'bulb failure' warning comes on. I was advised to install resistors so the company sent me them.

    Does anyone know how to fit these resistors on a MY 2010-2011 A3??


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    i bought some decent bulbs in the first place, no resistors, no problems....good show
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    Where did you get them? But also, if someone could answer the topic question that'd be great!

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    As you have a 2010/11 car mate, see here: 2010+ Number Plate LED's - Sorted
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    no idea and no idea haha.....theres plenty of info on decent bulbs, pay ya money normally means uou get quality, use search is best advice i can give if you havent already
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    I bought these:

    eBay - The UK's Online Marketplace

    And wrapped 2x 220Ω around the pins on each numberplate bulb holders, no soldering involved... had them in for around 4 months now and no problems.....

    Easy enough if you crave this mod.....
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    As Rhymesaka and Silky have said, there is no other way to go - to date - other than fitting the resistors for 2010/2011 A3's. I paid £40 a pair of number plate light units that claimed to be Canbus compatible and for 2010+ A3's from German Ebay, but even these were no good. x
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    errrm you dont always need resistors..... depends what ya get and how lucky you are
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silky-S3 View Post
    As you have a 2010/11 car mate, see here: 2010+ Number Plate LED's - Sorted
    Cheers! I've ordered these parts now

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1animal1 View Post
    errrm you dont always need resistors..... depends what ya get and how lucky you are
    Soz buddy, didn't know you could get LED plate bulbs to work straight out of the box on an MY10 or MY11 A3/S3. Good show if you got lucky though, lol! Which bulbs did you buy? x
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    Oh and to prevent anyone from making the same mistake I did, these are what I purchased that didn't work, not even with resistors:

    Audi A3 05/03 on Xenon LED Number/License Plate Bulb | eBay

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    PAulie...honestly? no frickin idea used one of the links in the FAQs section
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1animal1 View Post
    PAulie...honestly? no frickin idea used one of the links in the FAQs section
    What year is your car mate?
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    2009..... might be the difference
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    Yer, I think its 2010+ when they changed the bulb system...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1animal1 View Post
    PAulie...honestly? no frickin idea used one of the links in the FAQs section
    Never mind, Dude. Thanks anyway x
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silky-S3 View Post
    Yer, I think its 2010+ when they changed the bulb system...
    i think its more to do with the ECU version isn't it? pre facelifts also had bulb issues, very sporadic
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1animal1 View Post
    i think its more to do with the ECU version isn't it? pre facelifts also had bulb issues, very sporadic
    The later cars use a different method of checking the circuitry for bulb out warnings etc...
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