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    I am by no means an expert with i a multimeter lol

    when testing for power, I turned the dial to 20v, and was getting reading of 0.08 on both sides. When the one bulb was put in, it read 0.00.

    how do you test for continuity ? which setting do I use ?

    thanks for the help
     
     

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    i take it it is not an aut-ranging mulitmeter then lol

    http://www.ladyada.net/learn/multimeter/continuity.html
    should help, its quite difficult to explain what setting you need, as often diffrent multimeters use diffrent symbols

    i was thinking about this today:
    when you look into the part where you push your bulb, you have two contacts one either side and at the top the is a metal plate (a reflector i think),
    if you push your bulb in two far and it touches the metal plate it will short the +ve to the -ve and not work

    have you tryed not pushing the bulbs all the way in?
     
     

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    Finally found the fault

    A wire in the runner grommet between the boot lid and the car had 95.5% split, hence a small bit of power was getting through.

    Repaired it and now all is working again !

    thanks for the help !

     
     

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    My problem has returned!

    Yesterday afternoon as I started the car to head off to work I noticed that the fault lights were on the dash. It's the number plate lights not working again.

    Checked where I joined the wire previously and it was ok, so checked the voltage getting to the bulbs and there is power getting to both bulb holders. The outside bulb holder arm is reading approx 11v on both sides, but the inside (numberplate side) is reading 0.

    Does this sound right?
     
     

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    found another broken wire a bit further down the loom
     
     

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