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    Cool Tow bar lighting coding

    hi all,
    first post in quite a while but hope someone can point me in the right direction. I have just fitted a new towbar with geniun vx single electrics wiring kit. When i plug trailer board in only the taillights work and when indicators are activated they flash as if bulbs are out. I know the lighting system is controled via CAN so is there a coding required in the body control unit to inform the vehicle that there is a bar fitted? I have been told by VX service center that this may be the case but they were unsure. also they quoted me 35 quid +vat to carry out such a task. to me this seems rather steep for a job i could do myself in a matter of seconds given access to a tech 2!! Does anyone out there have or know someone with access to a tech 2 in the edinburgh area? I aint tight but really dont think that the cost of coding should be nearly as much as the wiring kit itself!!
    thanks in advance for help

    kojak

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    Tech 2 is a sophisticated piece of kit mate, 35 quid to activate isn't really that expensive. I was 50 odd to get my parking sensors activated

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    The dealers have you by the dangleys on these occasions. I worked for vx a number of years ago for a short period and the tech 2 is a simple peice of kit to use in comparison to some dealer set ups iv encountered. might just have to bight the bullet and get it done. i was lying when i said i wasnt tight, just dont want to fork out more cash on the bar if i dont have to!! thanks john for your post.

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    Hi..I had a similar problem with my electrics..I phoned our local auto electrics place and the guy was very helpful
    He told me to to a hard reset for the towbar electrics

    1...Take out the in-line fuse for the towbar electrics...Turn the car headlights on then off again
    2...Put fuse back in then turn lights on then off again
    3...Plug trailer in to the towbar electrics then turn lights on then off again..

    I did this thinking yeahh rite.But it did the trick..HTH

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    dippy27 you are a legend!! just been out with the maglight and carried out above procedure and i now have a full board of lights! nice one. thanks for your help mate. much appreciated. heres a beer for the efforts.
    cheers
    kojak

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    Dippy, post it as a How2 and i'll approve it for ya

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    Quote Originally Posted by kojak01 View Post
    dippy27 you are a legend!! just been out with the maglight and carried out above procedure and i now have a full board of lights! nice one. thanks for your help mate. much appreciated. heres a beer for the efforts.
    cheers
    kojak
    no probs buddy just glad to help...I had this just before a weekend away in the caravan last month..lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by john.robertson2 View Post
    Dippy, post it as a How2 and i'll approve it for ya
    How do i do that?

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    Go to the How 2 section and create a new thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by john.robertson2 View Post
    Go to the How 2 section and create a new thread
    Now posted

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