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    Got a strange problem with these two items:

    Dashboard lights (all) are not working. I checked the fuses and found a 10 AMP fuse blown. I replaced it but it didn't make any difference. Is the next step to replace the 'resistor wheel'?

    Also, the OS rear light/brake light doesn't work. The bulb is fine, the holder is fine (checked by putting in the other side) and all other lights work within the same unit. Any ideas?
     
     

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    have you tried turning the resistor wheel?
    also try giving the rear lights a tap could be a loose connection somewhere or a loose bulb in the holder at the rear check all the fuses that are related to the cluster
    There's an alternative. There's always a third way, and it's not a combination of the other two ways. It's a different way

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    Right, the dash lights work but the fuses blow due to something. I found out that the fuse also covers the rear number plate lights. I tried replacing the number plate light but the fuse just blows.

    Totally stuck on the rear light issue. As far as I can tell they are the only electrical lights that don't have a fuse!
     
     

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    Is your car.a coupe check the wiring that runs into the boot as they have a tendancy to break and rub for the fuse to blow there must be a short and its catching the body work i would say what else is covering the number plate light check the wiring on that as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e36318iscoupe View Post
    Is your car.a coupe check the wiring that runs into the boot as they have a tendancy to break and rub for the fuse to blow there must be a short and its catching the body work i would say what else is covering the number plate light check the wiring on that as well.
    Yep, my thoughts too. Are you talking about where it basically flexes at the 'hinge' part?

    EDIT: Checked the wiring an it all looks fine. Oddly it looks like someone has rewired the number plate lights at some stage but everything looks fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frimley323 View Post
    Yep, my thoughts too. Are you talking about where it basically flexes at the 'hinge' part?

    EDIT: Checked the wiring an it all looks fine. Oddly it looks like someone has rewired the number plate lights at some stage but everything looks fine.
    yes thats correct its always an issue when someone else rewires something and it causes a problem try disconnecting the number plate light wires if the fuse does not blow then theres a problem with the wiring to that component.
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    Any idea why the rear lights don't have a fuse?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by e36318iscoupe View Post
    yes thats correct its always an issue when someone else rewires something and it causes a problem try disconnecting the number plate light wires if the fuse does not blow then theres a problem with the wiring to that component.
    Good idea! I'll try that.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frimley323 View Post
    Any idea why the rear lights don't have a fuse?
    Rear lights will be fused mate lift up fuse box lid and the location and value of fuse will be listed im am of course assuming you know this anyway it is of course possible that the last owner has rewired the lights with out the protection of a fuse : when i get home i will put up a pdf wiring guide covers all thats electrical on the car.:thumbup:
    Not looked at drawing but would assume number plate light is shared with rear lights but would have to check on this

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