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    • wanderlust23
    • By wanderlust23 16th Mar 17, 12:27 PM
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    Brake light issue
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    • 16th Mar 17, 12:27 PM
    Brake light issue 16th Mar 17 at 12:27 PM
    Hi all

    I'm having an issue with the brake light on the right hand side of my car. Whenever I press the brake, the right indicator light comes on instead. Also when I'm braking and indicating right, the indicator light flashes very quickly. Assuming it was down to a blown bulb I purchased and fitted some new ones however I'm still having the same issue. Any ideas?
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    • foxy-stoat
    • By foxy-stoat 16th Mar 17, 12:28 PM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 12:28 PM
    Bad earth, what car is it?
    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 16th Mar 17, 1:16 PM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 1:16 PM
    Yup, it's the earth to that light cluster.
    • Ebe Scrooge
    • By Ebe Scrooge 16th Mar 17, 3:54 PM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 3:54 PM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 3:54 PM
    Highly likely to be a bad earth on the light cluster. It depends very much on what car it is, but it can be extremely simple to check and fix yourself. Corrosion is the most common culprit - simply detach the earth wire, use fine emery cloth to clean the contact points back to nice shiny clean bare metal, re-attach the earth wire, job done. Personally I always like to put a smear of Vaseline over the top when I'm finished, just to prevent moisture getting to it and causing the same problem again.


    The lights on some cars can be a real pig to get access to, but more often than not they're very simple ( the owner's handbook will show you how to do it ).
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    • mauriphonic
    • By mauriphonic 17th Mar 17, 11:45 AM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 11:45 AM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 11:45 AM
    Sounds exactly like my Megane on the left cluster. Cured itself miraculously for a while, then failed on they way to an MOT. Garage couldn't find it. Was loose earth wire.
    • Strider590
    • By Strider590 17th Mar 17, 11:56 AM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 11:56 AM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 11:56 AM
    Bad earth point more likely on a Ford, connector corrosion more likely on anything French.
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    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 17th Mar 17, 12:00 PM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 12:00 PM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 12:00 PM
    Sounds exactly like my Megane on the left cluster. Cured itself miraculously for a while, then failed on they way to an MOT. Garage couldn't find it. Was loose earth wire.
    Originally posted by mauriphonic
    I was following a Megan the other day with the brake lights on, except when they braked they went off. Oh how I chuckled.
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    • mauriphonic
    • By mauriphonic 17th Mar 17, 2:01 PM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 2:01 PM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 2:01 PM
    If the windows were going up and down of their own accord, then it might have been mine and somebody must have nicked it! If you see them again, let them know that I owe them a pint!
    • facade
    • By facade 17th Mar 17, 5:48 PM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 5:48 PM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 5:48 PM
    remember that advert years ago where the parked Megane started off by itself, driving in circles with the wipers going?
    Can't say they didn't warn us!
    I want to go back to The Olden Days, when every single thing that I can think of was better.....

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    • consumers_revenge
    • By consumers_revenge 17th Mar 17, 6:25 PM
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    Bad earths make instant discos!
    • Mr.Generous
    • By Mr.Generous 17th Mar 17, 6:32 PM
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    Just in case its not a bad earth check the base of each bulb for carbon build up causing a bad connection or even shorting between bulb terminals.
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