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birgit 1/1/2012

1999 Volkswagen Beetle GL 4 Cyl 2.00L

Preventive Maintenance

my back up lights and license plate lights do not work does anyone know what i can do to fix it

my beetle has 165000 miles on it , the lights will not come on , i checkd the fuses and they dont seem to be broken

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Spoon Sports

Spoon Sports 1/2/2012

Aside from checking the obvious which is the fusbox. The switch is located underneath the battery tray. So you have to undo the power steering reservoir, remove the battery and the battery tray. It is a bit of a PITA. After removig those things and locating the switch, come to find out that someone cut the cables going to the switch. Why would someone do that is beyond my comprehension at this time. To make matters worse, the cables were cut right at the switch making it impossible to fix at site. I had to remove the switch form the vehicle and work some of my electrical magic. I had to solder new cables to the switch and then to the vehicle wiring. Once that was accomplished, everything works like a charm.

For the lecense plate bulb, the only thing i can think of is a busted bulb or a loose connection somewhere


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