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Popping rear brake lights every 2-4 weeks

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Alec, Jul 26, 2013.

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    [Jul 26, 2013]
    Hi Chaps,

    I have had an ongoing problem where I seem to be popping my rear brake light bulbs on an ever more frequent basis. To begin with it was once every 3 months, but now it has warmed up I am getting through them every 2-4 weeks!

    Currently buying these from Halfords at £2.99 for a pair: Halfords (HBU382) 21W Car Bulbs x 2

    Do you guys reckon these are just shoddy quality bulbs, am I braking too hard (joke :laugh:), or is there maybe an underlying electrical fault which is causing too much current to flow to the bulbs causing them to have such short lifespans?

    Today I was driving through town just near halfords with my rear right brakelight out (has been out for about 1 week) then my rear left one went too! Thankfully I was only a few corners away from halfords and managed to wack in a new pair before anything bad happened.

    Any advice is much appreciated!

    Car info:
    2006 Audi A3 Sport 2.0 TDI 3door with the older style rear light cluster (pre 2008 facelift).

    Kind Regards,

    Alec
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    [Jul 26, 2013]
    It does sound abit dodgy. I used to have a motorbike that loved blowing its right headlight every week or so. But there was nothing wrong with wiring. Volts or amps. If you put a amp meter on it and test the watts. Amps and voltage you may just be able to get away with updating the bolt to fit with the readings
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    [Jul 26, 2013]
    My wife's A3 2.0 TDI has an appetite for brake light bulbs as well - seems to be the rear right all the time
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