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    confused Brake/tail light bulb question.....how daft!!

    Got the brake light out message this morning. I thought I had a replacement bulb in the garage but I hadn't so went to my local motor factors. The glass on the bulb was blackened and the filament had melted. I asked him for a stop and tail light and he said "you only need a stop light as it only has one element on the bottom". Strange I thought until he said "unless you have a Vauxhall". He then came out and showed me that although the bulbs are stop only the car plays some trickery and when the brakes are applied lights the single filament lights up brighter.
    5 years of ownership and I'm still learning. I have been scratching my head in the past when i've had to replace bulbs but now it's all clear

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    Doesn't the car also use the tail light for a brake light if one fails, using the same trickery , Its the same on my partners Stilo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mon View Post
    Doesn't the car also use the tail light for a brake light if one fails, using the same trickery , Its the same on my partners Stilo.
    It does - took me ages to work it out when i had a blown brake light, until i realised that they were uneven on either side!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjw View Post
    It does - took me ages to work it out when i had a blown brake light, until i realised that they were uneven on either side!
    Yes....that's what was happening this morning. This has had my head done in as I couldn't work it out. I had the kids in the front pressing the brake pedal and all you could her was me going "on....off.....ehhh!!!!!!....on....offf.....eh???? "

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