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    Default Number plate lights not working

    I have my MOT tomorow morning so I went for a quick check around the car.
    The number plates bulbs were not working. So I replaced them with my spare set. Still not working!

    So just got back from halfords and put a new set in. STILL not working!!

    What else can I check is there a fuse?? I Can't see one in the handbook.

    HELP!

    Its a 2005 SRI 1.9CDTI(120) Estate by the way

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    Check the connections, see if you have 12v with the bulbs out

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    Hi Marky,have you checked the wiring connectors in the back of the light unit,there may be a wire off or connector corroded.check wires for a live supply with a multimeter

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    sorry triple you answered whilste i was typing! oups

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    Its measuring 2.8v DC with the engine running and the headlights on and off.

    Thats measured from the plug that goes into the bulb holder.

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    Where abouts in the North West are you? You're welcome to poke around mine if you need to double check anything. Something doesn't seem right there though. The voltage should obviously go up with the lights on.

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    Try measuring between the bulb holder and the chassis (find a shiny bolt for example). It could be a poor earth connection.

    If your MOT is imminent, run a wire from one side of the bulbs to chassis, and take an ignition switched 12V from the REC and run that to the other side of the bulbs. Then once it's passed the MOT, investigate further.

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    I couldn't find a nice shiney bolt within reach. Bit tricky holding the tailgate and my very short multimeter.
    I did manage to reach the rear towing eye, not the cleanest so I don;t know if thats a good test. Anyway its still only managed 2.9v

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    Oh bother... can't find any wire long enough to go from rec to the lights.
    Have to see if I can cancel the MOT tomorow.
    Heres me being efficient and booking online for the cheaper price. Probably loose the money now. grrr...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cont1204 View Post
    Where abouts in the North West are you? You're welcome to poke around mine if you need to double check anything. Something doesn't seem right there though. The voltage should obviously go up with the lights on.
    I'm in Manchester (Home) and Runcorn (Work).
    Thanks for the offer but to be honest I don't fully know what I am looking for comparison

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