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Old 26th December 2006   #1
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Clio rear number plate light

My rear number plate light is out. The bulb has obviously blown but a replacement (in fact two replacements) hasn't resolved it.

Neither the Clio manual nor the corresponding Haynes manual throws any light onto which fuse this light is using. Does anybody know?

The connections to the light are badly corroded so that's another possibility (I've given it a clean and a WD-40 spray).

All help appreciated.

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On most cars, it's just fed from the side light circuit(s). If both tail side lights are working, then I doubt it's a fuse.

Pop out the holder again and test the voltages to both contacts with respect to a good earth (e.g. the bolts on the tailgate striker.) Do this with a good bulb in place and the lights turned on. You'll get one of the following results.

0v on one wire, 12v on the the other. Either the bulb is faulty or there's an internal fault in the bulb holder. This could be one of your corroded contacts

12v on both wires. There's a bad earth to the number plate lamp. You'll need to repair this, though it's often easier just to run a fresh earth wire.

0v on both wires. You have a poor connection to the source light cluster. Again, you can try to trace and repair this but it's often easier just to run a fresh wire.
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its a common fault on clios.. happens to mine and 3 other clio owners i know.. basically jst take the cover out and fiddle/move the wires.. i think its lose connection.. coz it comes bak on after a while then goes off sometimes if knocked.. but like my aunties she had no problem with her light till i couldnt figure out why mine wasnt workin and wanted to see her connection lol, and then mine started working and hers stopped as soon as i took cover off and put it back in. jst needed a lil moving around.

jst play with the wires, it'll come bak on.. may go on and off with the boot slammin and knockin wires but jst make sure its workin for Mot.
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This problem is usually corrosion in the connector from the wiring loom.

Best fix is either to cut it off and crimp replacement female spades terminals or use a fibreglass pencil and carefully clean the connector and the light fitting, then spray with a contact cleaner and some water dispersant (WD40 or similar) .... the cleaning method usually works it just takes time, if the corrosion is really bad then the only option is to replace the connector.

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Its fuse 26, Although this fuse also controls passenger tail light and front passenger side light, and dash board ilumanation. Its a 10v red fuse, if say your rear passenger tail light is still working the fuse is fine, and its the wires or conector or bulb.
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