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Does anyone know where I can get a couple of license plate lights? Or at least know how to fix them? Mine aren't working. It's a small problem, but I thought I'd check.
 

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Make Model and Year would be a big help, as they are a wee bit different between the MK1 Cabriolet that I own, and a Rabbit/Golf.
 

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They are 7506, but I would look at the reverse switch on your transmission first, as if that is bad you don't get reverse lights.

Check the fuse. My Haynes says it is a 10A but does not state the position.
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Remove the rear light pods, and place a DVOM on the power and the ground.
Key in and on the Run, engine not running. Place the car in reverse.
Is there 12V on the DVOM? NO, then it is the reverse switch or the relay.
The reverse switch is on the Transmission towards the rear as it is the only electrical connector on the tranny.
You can use the Bentley and a DVOM to check for continuity of it.

If the Switch is good, then the relay is bad.

www.brokevw.com has a where is the reverse switch on my car at.
 

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They are 7506, but I would look at the reverse switch on your transmission first, as if that is bad you don't get reverse lights.

Check the fuse. My Haynes says it is a 10A but does not state the position.
Then

Remove the rear light pods, and place a DVOM on the power and the ground.
Key in and on the Run, engine not running. Place the car in reverse.
Is there 12V on the DVOM? NO, then it is the reverse switch or the relay.
The reverse switch is on the Transmission towards the rear as it is the only electrical connector on the tranny.
You can use the Bentley and a DVOM to check for continuity of it.

If the Switch is good, then the relay is bad.

www.brokevw.com has a where is the reverse switch on my car at.
Ok I'll try that. How do change the bulbs?
 

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I wouldn't know but there are others here that are more knowledgable on that. I would assume there some screws torx or Phillips that you have to remove to get the assembly to come out.
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This is from the UK ETKA for the Caddy. SO it looks as if you have to remove the corners, to get to the screws for the lenses..... But refer to your Bentley or Haynes and do your self a favor and test the reverse switch first as that is usually the bigger culprate. Both lights going out is more of a sign that the switch on the Transmission or the relay is the issue as well as the fuse over the bulbs.
 

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Dang some times I can mis-read....Sorry.....
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License Plates are here.
Correct part number of the lamp is 3893ll for long life, or change to LED and not worry for a few decades.
Probably a bad Ground wire or corroded socket.
 

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Here's what I have on there right now:
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And the bulb itself:
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I could maybe replace the socket with a universal one if I had to.
 

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Have you got power to the bulb as in a 12V+ source and a ground?
 

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And the bulb itself:
View attachment 43288

I could maybe replace the socket with a universal one if I had to.
I don't know this pick-up, but I have a thought: Could the black and clear pieces be separable? This may reveal a more conventional bulb inside that housing.

Good luck,

Harold.
 

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Ok I was confused initially by the responses. The OP asks about license plate lights and the ensues a discussion around tail lights.

I found these but they are expensive. License Plate Light Lens and Bulb Holder - Black

They mention that the bulb is not included which leads me to believe you can get into the ones you have and see if that is all that you need to replace. It may just be a regular 194 bulb or something similar.
 
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