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    I need a new drivers side fog bulb, I pulled mine last week to check the bulb was knackered and sure enough it was.

    I've been looking on Halfords and Amazon for a replacement but both sides show the bulbs as having some lead attached, what the hell is that? When I pulled the bulb, it was a bulb only, basically a mini H7 even if remember correctly.

    I need it asap cos the warning is annoying me now, but I don't want to order one and find its wrong.

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    MY FOG LIGHT BLEW,I took the bulb into a small car spares shop to make sure I got the right one, 50 pence,,,sorted, no lead on it???

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    Can you not take the bulb out if the nearside cluster and use that in the offside one?

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    Fog lights should be H3? and yes they do have a cord attached but i cant remember why lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Evison View Post
    Fog lights should be H3? and yes they do have a cord attached but i cant remember why lol
    If the cord wasn't attached, then no power would reach the bulb.

    The cord covering is there to prevent heat damage to the cable inside it/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zark View Post
    Can you not take the bulb out if the nearside cluster and use that in the offside one?
    Then I'm still down a bulb and get the dash warning everytime I get in the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Evison View Post
    Fog lights should be H3? and yes they do have a cord attached but i cant remember why lol
    Everywhere says H3, but this lead confuses me, I'll do as Clomp says and take it into Halfords to find the bulb that matches, cos there defo was no lead attached. Though I could try and remove the passenger side one and have a looksee at that, maybe its different.

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    H3 bulbs have a lead attached. Look in your foglight for the cable that it plugs into. It's possible that someone's just stuck in any old bulb in the past and bodged it to fit.

    H1 - spade connector on end of bulb, metal collar for other contact.
    H2 - split metal collar for contacts, left and right parts have a gap between.
    H3 - as H1, but with spade connector on a flylead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rich r View Post
    H3 bulbs have a lead attached. Look in your foglight for the cable that it plugs into. It's possible that someone's just stuck in any old bulb in the past and bodged it to fit.

    H1 - spade connector on end of bulb, metal collar for other contact.
    H2 - split metal collar for contacts, left and right parts have a gap between.
    H3 - as H1, but with spade connector on a flylead.
    Aha, thank you. I'll check my passenger side then, I assume it must have the lead as it works fine, so I'll see where I need to look on the drivers side as not see any lead that was dangling or tied down, the bulb seemed to slot in fine, and the base was corroded and the element broken, so I thought nothing of it.

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    In my experience, fog light bulbs have a lead with a spade connector on them, it's the power connection. Not got around to checking mine yet, they work, so I'm leaving them alone.

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