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Post by Peter Brown on Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:24 pm

Checking the van pre MOT and I found one of the number plate lights off.  Investigation showed that one terminal had corroded and broken off.  I ordered two number plate lamp & bulb @ £3.50 + vat each and replaced.  All connections were corroded and had to be cut off.

Now with MOT I looked at boxing them in to make weatherproof but decided that at the price it wasn't worth the trouble and have bought two more in case they are obsolete when corrosion gets to the new one's in another 4 years or so.

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Post by Ramblers on Thu Sep 10, 2015 4:36 pm

Love your thinking but finding them in 4 years or so years ?????? scratch head.

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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Thu Sep 10, 2015 4:45 pm

Good idea, they do look rather exposed. Do you have a link to the ones you bought?

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Post by Peter Brown on Thu Sep 10, 2015 4:56 pm

I got them from the superb AS Parts Department.

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Post by Peter Brown on Thu Sep 10, 2015 4:57 pm

Ramblers wrote:Love your thinking but finding them in 4 years or so years ?????? scratch head.
I have a system and no one else is allowed in my boxes.

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Post by Backtrax on Thu Sep 10, 2015 5:00 pm

Good point Peter. Will check mine before they fail. Would also be interested in source details for the replacement ones.
May also look at the alternative of a hard wired in LED replacement in the existing bulb housing and do away with the connectors which are always the vulnerable point.
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Post by Backtrax on Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:54 pm

Follow up - just nipped out and looked under rear of van. On my Broadway the number plate lights mounted in the rear fairing are nowhere near as exposed as it appears on Peter's Malvern. They are way above the level of the floor which effectively seals them off. Unscrewed both lights. Sure enough they are just full of dust and diesel soot!! Removing the connectors was a bit tight, due to some very minor corrosion.
So both lights fully stripped down washed and dried; bulbs cleaned; connectors has a light application of vaseline and the units refitted.
20 mins in pleasant evening sunshine here.
I shall put this on my 2year preventative maintenance list for the future.
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