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General lighting questions, such as those relating to changing bulbs, diagnosing lighting faults, etc

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Nissan Qashqai 1.5dci Electrical issues

I'm experiencing fluctuating lights in the car, blocking steering wheel while using servo in low gears, really slow window rolls and the front light are losing intensity while steering the wheel. The ...
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Blocking residual low voltage in a 12V automotive lighting circuit

I'm having a problem on my car that I'd like to fix myself. I'm not a skilled electrician, nor an engineer, only someone with some mechanical skills. I apologize in advance, for any mistakes or misuse ...
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Park/marker lamps won't turn off

A few days ago, my Starcraft Allstar minibus, built on a 2012 Ford E-350 cutaway, started having a problem that the park/marker lamps never turn off. I was originally informed of the issue by another ...
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Can I just tie additional LED's into my near-new-model cars interior lighting circuitry without issue?

The cargo area of my 2017 ford edge is very dim, there's a small led off to the side but it's pretty dim and very easily blocked. I'm thinking about adding some lights to help the situation, but this ...
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Aftermarket stereo flickers dim/bright when headlights are on

(Note: this question is describing a similar phenomenon, but it only started happening after 6 months. My question is describing when it started happening immediately upon initial installation.) I ...
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Right turn lights don't blink

I'm stumped - All left turn lights blink on-off (you do have to jiggle the column lever though); no jiggling required for right turn, but, all right turn lights stay on and don't blink. All bulbs are ...
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Difference between orange and orange/silver indicator light

A front indicator light on my Honda Civic 2012 (Dutch market if relevant) is dead, so I'm trying to change it. The owner manual says: front indicator: orange/silver bulb, rear indicator: orange bulb. ...
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Does car service include diagnosing the problem?

I checked that car service checks many different parts like engine oil, filters, lights, brake, etc. I would assume they will tell you if something is not working. But will I be told also why ...
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LED Turn Signals on older "wink"-style vehicle

For some background information - I own a fourth-generation Corvette that has an amber 1157 front turn signal bulb with an amber 194 side marker/turn signal bulb (circled in red below). These lamps ...
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Rear lights not working on Chevrolet Matiz

I noticed that the rear lights of my Matiz do not work (Or rather the guy behind me in a thunderstorm noticed...). The brake lights are fine, though. This is what I did: checked the bulbs, they both ...
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Difference between P21W/5W and P21/5W bulb for tail lights?

I am looking to replace the rear lights on my 2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL with LED lights, since the base incandescants are not bright enough for my needs. Looking through the owner's manual, (Section 2 ...
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Should broken fog light lens fail the state inspection?

My Subaru Forester has factory-installed fog lights (w/ Driver Assist) below the bumper. This item is an upgrade of the Limited trim level. Premium and lower trim levels have no fog lights. Some time ...
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Using OBD to control add-on lights

I have just purchased a 2021 Ram 1500 Bighorn and plan on adding side lights under running boards. These lights are led strips with amber for marker and turn, red for running lights and white for ...
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how to install body brake light retainer nut

This is the retainer nut for a center high brake lamp on the roof of a ford van (2008 e350) Here is a link showing this nut and the assembly in which it goes. In the assembly diagram its labeled &...
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Lamp Reliability

Filament lamps do have a limited life. The filament will evaporate even if there is no vibration or thermal shock. More efficiant forms of lighting like LEDs and HID are supposed to last longer. One ...
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2012 Kia Forte Electrical? Power?

Audio cuts out when using turn signal or braking. Lights dim when using turn signal or braking. Headlights and interior lights have inconsistent brightness. A slow flicker. After parking and locking ...
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06 Kia Spectra EX lights

Reverse lights stay on when headlights are on. When lights are off they work, but the turn signal, and dash lights come on when I put the car in reverse. My driver side turn signal blinks fast like ...
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Halogen Vs LED Fog Light Illumination Very Dark Roads

I have a car that came with yellow Halogen Fogs as standard in Japanese. In Kenya we use fog lights a lot at night because our roads are barely lit even in cities, barely painted and lots of obstacles ...
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Sidelights switching on and off automatically while going around a roundabout

Today, I observed traffic going over a roundabout on an one-way narrow street. It was a small roundabout designed as a short pavement to allow larger vehicles to go over it if there's not enough space....
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Strange extra letters in i20 odometer display screen. Why?

Sir, could you kindly find solutions from your esteemed technicians to fix this extra letters on the ODOMETER DISPLAY screen in i20 2011 1.2 p India version?? It shows up as soon as key at ON ...
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car indicator problems

My mum has a Citroen Berlingo and she says if the headlights are on, the indicators don’t work. If the headlights are off the indicators works fine. Does anyone know why this is happening?
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Snapped rear light assembly case

I foolishly reversed (very slowly) into something that wasn’t nice and soft. As a result, my near side rear light got pushed back “into” the car and the cover broke. I have a new rear light assembly ...
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What's the point of front turn signals? [closed]

I know the purpose of turn signals. When we turn, cars at the back know to slow down and vice versa. What about front turn signals? How about front side marker lights? Rear ones make sense. You can ...
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Brake lights are not working after removing rear bumper

My Audi Q5 2013 was at a garage for a paint job and since then the brake lights are not working. The other lights are still working i.e. above the window, those in the rear bumper and above the ...
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Trailer Electrics - Advice Needed (Rear Tail Light)

Got a horse trailer, which seems to blow the fuse in my car for the 'Right Hand Tail Light'. When using the trailer, it will blow the fuse (not right away), knocking out the rear tail light on my car, ...
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Dash lights flickering and engine cuts out

I have a 95 VS Calais, the last couple of months, the dash lights have started to flicker and some times the engine will cut out.. I have replaced the battery and the alternator with brand new ones.. ...
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Brake lights, hazard lights, and turn signals not working

My 2001 Buick LeSabre brake lights, turn signals and hazard lights are not working, but the center high mounted brake light does work. When the key is off, hazards flash fast; with the key on, they do ...
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2015 Kia Sedona brake light problem

Our 2015 Kia Sedona has recently developed a problem with the brake lights. Only the top LED brake light turns on when the petal is depressed. Here is a list of details: Only the top, rear, center ...
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What make is this car? unable to identify

Having a hard time identifying this car from the pictures. Can anyone help shade light on what the make is? These are screenshots from a security video clip, and I took the snapshots while 1) The car ...
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LCD display light on 2005 Mercedes Viano fail

I have a 2005 Mercedes Benz Viano. It has an instrument panel (speedo, rev counter, etc) with a small orange LCD display. It looks a bit like this: Sometimes, after about an hour's driving, the ...
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2015 Kia Optima stop lamp relay fuse keeps blowing

It’s the relay fuse 15 am one under the hood keeps blowing right when I put it in
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98 Camry: Should rear red lights illuminate when headlights are on?

I believe that rear red tail-lights illuminate when the 98 Camry headlights are switched on. If this is not correct, I would like to know, so as to avoid fixing something that is not broken. ...
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FORD ESCAPE 03 V6 - Oil Light Blinking

Have a 2003 Escape, oil light started to come in when going down hill in the underground car park where i live but has now started to come on more frequently when braking and today when i pulled up it ...
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Why all parking lights and DRL stopped working on Odyssey 2012?

My car failed safety inspection because the license plate lights were out. When I was replacing the bulbs, I noticed that all parking lights and daylight running lights are not working either. In ...
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Why would dome lights stay on, yet moonroof work perfectly? (One unit) 2007 Mercury Montego Premier

I replaced the unit, but the lights still stay on while the moonroof control operates the moonroof exactly as it should. The one without bulbs is the old one. Removed them to save the battery prior to ...
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2007 Mercury Montego Premier Various Electrical Issues [closed]

Recently purchased an 07 Mercury Montego Premier for a secondary vehicle/work vehicle. Engine seems to be great, but there are various minor issues that just annoy me. Driver's side window works, ...
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What do the letters on an external light bulb model mean?

For example, the owners manual for my 2009 Focus says it needs 3457 NAK or 3457 AK for the park and turn lamps. What is the significance behind each letter?
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How many additional LCD luminems can I apply to a incandescent reverse lamp socket?

2006 Ram 1500 4.7L w/ 6 speed standard. Little to no accessories. Strictly a 'trade' model. No power windows; no power door locks; no power nothing. Alternaternater rated at ~135 amp. If I disconnect ...
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Electrical failure [duplicate]

While fitting a new battery for the old one I erred by placing leads in the reverse order, when I corrected my mistake I found when i try to start the car all switch off for a couple of minutes, when ...
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2012 Nissan Murano interior light won't go off

2012 Nissan Murano interior light doesn't go off after door is closed. It does go off after 15 min. as it says in the manual.
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Total Electrical failure Mondeo 1.8tdci 2008

While charging a flat battery all on the Mondeo all of the electrics failed (lights, dash, not starting, Windows, ect) when I installed a new battery on the Mondeo still nothing. Any ideas on what ...
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Cob led strip flicker only on engine start?

Connect plus end of the led and negative end to plus and minus terminal respectively of the 12 v car battery. Yes, led lights up and no flickerings at all. However, when engine is started, the led ...
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2007 Altima - Dash lights and automatic acceleration when starting

Sometimes when starting my car several dash lights go on and off as the engine revs up and down several times. If the car is put in drive before the car starts revving up and down then the car will ...
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Electricity not working when car is off

2015 Honda Accord Replaced the battery in my wife's car. After replacing the battery, it seems as though none of these things work when the car is off - Headlights, Dome light, Power locks, key fob (...
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Dashboard display goes dark

I have a 62 plate vw passat 2.0 tdi bluemotion sport estate. When i put the ignition key in i get the usual lights lighting up on the dash and the info system however when i start the engine the ...
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Why are VW tail light bulbs listed as 12W / 5W?

My VW Polo 6R left tail light is off and it seems there are several kinds of bulbs available for purchase: 12V 5W 12V 12W 12V 5W + 12V 12W 12V 12W + 5V 5W ... My first guess is that the 5V is just a ...
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Why are the instrument panel lights too dim when lights are off?

My 2007 Suburban LTZ has instrument panel lights that are too dim when the lights are off. I cannot even see the speedometer when the sun is out unless I turn the lights on. When the lights are set to ...
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310 watt light bar on 12 volt car battery [duplicate]

I am currently looking at a 32 inch 310 watt LED light bar for my 2010 Honda CRV. The light bar I am looking at is https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MCNYXFT/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_JpKPDbTR3J8R4. The wiring ...
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310 watt light bar 12 awg wire harness

I am currently looking at a 32 inch 310 watt LED light bar for my 2010 Honda CRV. The light bar I am looking at is https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MCNYXFT/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_JpKPDbTR3J8R4. The ...
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Can I fix a dashboard with inverted lights?

I've got a Nissan Altima 2008. It is a 2nd hand car, I have had it for 2 years now with no issues. Recently, the dashboard's lights became "inverted": during the day, the lights are on, and when it ...
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