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number plate light bulb holders

Leaky Lloyd Sep 24, 2010

  1. Widemonkeys

    Widemonkeys 1st Gear

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    Mine came today top man
     
  2. coyote

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    This thread finally gave me the motivation I needed to buy the parts and get the tools out this morning. I now have 2 fully working numberplate lights.

    Cheers guys:icon_thumright:
     
  3. Widemonkeys

    Widemonkeys 1st Gear

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    I've got the tool and parts but can't get the boot plastics off!!!
     
  4. coyote

    coyote Member

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    Undo the 2 screws under where the warning triangle goes, and 1 screw in each of the handles that you pull the hatch back down with.... then pull the bitch off
     
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2010
  5. Widemonkeys

    Widemonkeys 1st Gear

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    I've tried but i don't want to break the boot cover.
     
  6. CHRIS555

    CHRIS555 DOPE with added OCD

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    Don't worry, it's secured with retaining clips on the back so you will have to pull it off - it's stronger than you think, but once you've got your fingers under and pulled one off the next are real easy.

    PS. I've just read this message back to myself and I'd like to say "no puns please!!"
     
  7. Widemonkeys

    Widemonkeys 1st Gear

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    Ha ha very good, I'll give it a go on Tuesday and let u know
     
  8. quattrojames

    quattrojames Moderator Staff Member Moderator Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    This might help you with the tailgate trim:

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  9. itsmeagain

    itsmeagain 1.8T Sport Cabriolet

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    Finally got round to changing my old damaged panel, i broke it months ago trying to get the screws out. All changed now.
     
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2010
  10. itsmeagain

    itsmeagain 1.8T Sport Cabriolet

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    Now my LEDs are not working, got only one working. Must be a dodgy bulb, gotta order some more now.
     
  11. CHRIS555

    CHRIS555 DOPE with added OCD

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    Just thought - your bulbs are probably ok - when I did mine they did not work - it turns out that the lense metal pronges can easily miss the contact point within the moulding wiring - i was 100% sure i did mine right - I had not!!! I took the moulding off and took it in the kitchen and put it under some lighting - there are some spaces / gaps on the back of it where, with the help of some light, you can see if the contacts are "contacting" and mine were not, on either of them!! Basically you just need to play around with the long metal prong until it touches, and hey presto all sorted!

    Apparently this is a common problem as well - especially if you have changed the light covers for new ones, like me, as the new ones have slightly different length pronges.

    Try this before buying any more bulbs, hope it works
     
  12. Widemonkeys

    Widemonkeys 1st Gear

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    Finally got it done what a Pratt on. All the nuts were corroded nd wouldn't come off! Took me 2 hrs. Worth in the end thow can't wait till it's dark
     
  13. itsmeagain

    itsmeagain 1.8T Sport Cabriolet

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    I am gonna have another look tomorrow, hopefully that is the problem
     
  14. Shane-Ireland

    Shane-Ireland Member Team Ibis Team V6 quattro Audi S3 Audi A4 Audi Avant Owner Group TDi

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    Chris is spot on here,one of mine proved a right bitch,i had to bend and re shape the prongs so the would contact and even noe sometimes if i slam the tailgate too hard that one goes off for a second!!
     
  15. itsmeagain

    itsmeagain 1.8T Sport Cabriolet

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    Thanks mate my bolts arrived this morning, fitted perfect. Only problem is that my stupid bulbs are playing up now, gonna just order some more bulbs.
     
  16. quattrojames

    quattrojames Moderator Staff Member Moderator Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    New LED bulbs? Check.
    New light lenses? Check.
    New screws? Check.
    Copper grease? Check.

    You know when sometimes you wonder why you bother? :(

    Screws were solid as expected, so I drilled around the lenses, and got one of them out, the screw was still solid and even with mole grips wasn't budging. And then it sheared off.

    So tail gate trim out, undid lock mechanism etc and found this:

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    WTF?

    This is in such a bad state I'll have to replace it, so stuck now till I can get to the dealers on Monday :ohmy:

    It's appalling how bad these get.

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  17. CHRIS555

    CHRIS555 DOPE with added OCD

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    Yeah, thats not good - just so you know in advance you'll need to take off the wiring loom on the moulding - i'd give this a really good clean and looking over - i actually bought another wiring loom (because i'm fussy) to go with all the other new parts, I think it could around £25
    Good luck mate - welcome to the strange tormenting world of "changing a lightbulb on an Audi!!!"
     
  18. itsmeagain

    itsmeagain 1.8T Sport Cabriolet

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    That looks like its been at the bottom of the sea for years. LOL
     
  19. Widemonkeys

    Widemonkeys 1st Gear

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    Thats what mine looked like except when mine came out it had a big crack in and snapped in two.
     
  20. quattrojames

    quattrojames Moderator Staff Member Moderator Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    Thanks for the tip. I'll have a good look when I transfer it across, at the moment it looks ok, but I didn't want to start removing it until I have a like for like part to transfer it too.

    I'm just glad that none of the corrosion has transferred itself to the tailgate, or else I'd have been forced to buy a Euro style one.......
     
  21. scott b

    scott b Active Member VCDS Map User

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    going back to were people have said use m3x20 bolts to secure the number plate bulb holders insted of audi the screws, i tried this yesterday and it seemed that they wouldnt grip into the plastic were the screw had been?
     
  22. quattrojames

    quattrojames Moderator Staff Member Moderator Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    Do you mean the plastic of the light lens? Or the metal/aluminium of the lamp holder?
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2010
  23. scott b

    scott b Active Member VCDS Map User

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    light lense
     
  24. Gaz!

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    I dont supose you have any of these screws left have you mate? Im having to do this as now neither of my bulbs are working.
     
  25. quattrojames

    quattrojames Moderator Staff Member Moderator Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    I always like to end on a happy ending!

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  26. quattrojames

    quattrojames Moderator Staff Member Moderator Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    All back together and debadged too:

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  27. swarcup

    swarcup Well-Known Member

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    You missed one. lol
     
  28. quattrojames

    quattrojames Moderator Staff Member Moderator Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    It looks plain with nothing there IMO.....

    I might rebadge it 4.2TDi :unsure:
     
  29. simon.m

    simon.m Active Member

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    i thought that when i first took all mine of james so stuck the s one on mine from the s4 ;-) does take a bit of time to get used to it but is better for cleaning too 4.2 a that would worry a few when thinking about get you of the lights lol :blackrs4:
     
  30. Shane-Ireland

    Shane-Ireland Member Team Ibis Team V6 quattro Audi S3 Audi A4 Audi Avant Owner Group TDi

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    20mm are too long the screw/bolt will bottom out not allowing you to screw it all the way in.

    I do PM me your address and i'll sort you out.
     
  31. itsmeagain

    itsmeagain 1.8T Sport Cabriolet

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    Finally after my new bulbs arrived this morning, I now have working bulbs. I played around with the metal prongs on the bulb holder and hey presto they worked. I can put my number plate back on now. LOL
     
  32. CHRIS555

    CHRIS555 DOPE with added OCD

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    Good man!
     
  33. quattrojames

    quattrojames Moderator Staff Member Moderator Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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  34. simon.m

    simon.m Active Member

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    wow i bet they would be brite
     
  35. Turkster

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  37. CHRIS555

    CHRIS555 DOPE with added OCD

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    Nice!
     
  38. Shane-Ireland

    Shane-Ireland Member Team Ibis Team V6 quattro Audi S3 Audi A4 Audi Avant Owner Group TDi

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    hex heads FTW lol
     
  39. quattrojames

    quattrojames Moderator Staff Member Moderator Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    I'll be removing mine and regreasing once a month from now on!
     
  40. Turkster

    Turkster Bro.Paul 2.5TDI Quattro Sport

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    LOL
     

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