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Old 06-18-2008, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Number plate light not working :(

Hi all,

I've just replaced the left side rear number plate light on my A6 saloon. The bulb I replaced was blown, but when I've put the new bulb in, that light is still not working, the right side light is still working as it should be. I've checked all the fuses but can't find any blown (and I don't think there'd be a separate fuse for this one light anyway?).

I'm really a bit stuck what to do now, other than take it into the Audi dealership for them to have a look at it. Warranty runs out in a couple of days too so I'd have to find time to get down there quickly. Any ideas guys?


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Old 06-20-2008, 03:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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mine has done the same - the left hand unit just packed up - new blulb has not resolved the problem - it did flicker on a couple of weeks ago though - still it's in to the dealer next week so will let you know what they find wrong with it.
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Got mine booked in next Thursday, really not impressed with them over this one though.

They'll not pick the car up, they'll not give me a courtsey car because they don't think it's an all day job, even though they don't know what the problem is??? So I'm effectively being forced to sit and wait for them to find and fix the fault. The dealership isn't near anything really, it'd be a pricey taxi to anywhere worth going and they want it first thing in the morning so I can't even time it with meeting a client for lunch. I'm effectively losing at least half a days pay because of the uncertainty of their timings, on top of whatever they're going to charge me.

Huddersfield Audi have always been a lot better than Leeds for me, just a shame it's an extra 40 mile round trip for me to use them instead. Although once you're booked in they will come and pick up cars even this far away.
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Default my left side license plate light also NOT working

same on mine. bulb replacement didn't fix it. mine's a 2005 (march build) 3.2 quattro a6.

unfortunately at the last bulb replacement i stripped the threads on the phillips head screw that holds the lens in, now i cant get it out again. i know, i know...
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simple bulb replacement at the dealer resolved the problems today...
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simple bulb replacement at the dealer resolved the problems today...
Exactly same with mine! Well, they claim all they've done is replace the bulb, but that doesn't explain the interior of my car being covered in dirty hand prints Is there more to changing a bulb on these cars than just changing the actual bulb?
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I thought I would clean the lenses in the number plate lights on my 2004 A6, so removed and cleaned them inside and out, replaced the bulbs and refitted the lenses. Lights not working as above posts. Thought about a 60 mile round trip to nearest Audi dealer, but then spoke to a local auto-electrician who thought it would most likely be the contacts inside the socket.

I cleaned them and still no lights, but then refitted the lenses without a bulb to see what was happening to the contacts. To cut the story short I was fitting the lenses at an angle and turning them into the socket and one of the contacts was resting on a plastic separating spigot, hence no electrical connection. I found the answer is to offer the lenses to the socket as flat as possible and push them into place before fitting the one fixing screw.

My number plate lights now work and the cleaning job cost me 2 for 2 new bulbs, plus my time and an internet search to find other owners with a similar problem.

Hope this helps anyone in the future.

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