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Electrical problem (Number plate lights)

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    Come accross a problem with my number plate lights. One works one doesnt ! I ve swaped the bulb carriers & bulbs but still only one works. Could anyone give me some advice on this ?

    Also i tried to remove the boot trim but got no further than removing the two screws in the plastic handle.

    Hopefully theres jus a bad connection.

    Thanks

    Matt
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    remove those screws in the handle, then pull, HARD. The boot trim is interference fit and will pull right off. At least that might let you have a better look.
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    thanks jus a hard pull eh, only two screws thats nothiung really.
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    It's held on by a lot of expanding metal clips, make sure the plastic isn't cold when you do it or you may crack it like I did with mine - it's about £70 for a new one from Audi when you do!
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    oh god ! here we go
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    oh god ! here we go

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    You'll probably be ok, just be aware of what you're doing, I think I'm about the only person that's managed to break it.
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    i jus done it everything was fine no breakages. After i removed it i found out that it was only because the bulb was in the wrong way round ! So it wasnt even needed.

    Thanks

    Matt
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    sorry to be a bit thick but how could the buld be the wrong way round? is it an LED?
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    yeah its an LED bulb. It started to flicker intially & on removal i must of rotated the bulb (not knowing this would effect it) hence why it didnt work. Must say the LED bulbs are pretty smart.

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    cool mate,

    any chance of some pics.

    I have been toying with the idea of changing all the bulbs in the rear cluster for LED's especially the indicators. I like the instant on and off look on the new pasat, BM's etc
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    i seem to be having problems with the number plate LED's they ve both developed a flicker unless someone can recommend one that can will last i dont think LED lights are a good idea more trouble than their worth.

    With my rear cluster i just changed the orange bulbs for chrome ones (ebay).

    Matt
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    I have white LED sidelights to go with my xenons but they dont seem to last long either.
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    apparently the Piaa LED lights work fine as sielights as MO S3 will confirm. I m currently running a set. Its jus seems to be the festoon LED's that cause a problem. I will however try with some others.

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