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Replacing a brake light bulb

Post by undertheinfluenceebaying on Sun Dec 27, 2015 6:19 pm

Evening All! wave

I've ended up with a lovely old beaut called Big Bertha. Bought with the intention of learning about mechanics.
So starting with something that I thought should be fairly simple - changing the rear drivers side brake bulb.
The plastic cover looks like it has been repaired with tape several times and I can not see a way of accessing the bulb from inside the vehicle. Has anyone else encountered this problem?
Sorry this is probably basic, but I have to start somewhere! Thank you. Gemma
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Re: Replacing a brake light bulb

Post by daisy mae on Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:13 pm

Hello Gemma and asof_welcome2 from Leicestershire. sorry I cannot help you with your light problem, just know that on my previous van a Topaz  the OS light  was accessed from inside of the wardrobe, the near side must have been from the sink side in the loo. Someone will be able to help you soon.We all had to learn at some time and some like me are still learning. hugegrins Good luck, enjoy your van it is a great life.
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Re: Replacing a brake light bulb

Post by brodco on Thu Dec 31, 2015 7:58 pm

Hi Gemma   wave

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Love the username but I'll resist asking  "under the influence of what" ?  hugegrins

There are several Renault owners on this forum but I suspect they are otherwise engaged at this time of year so it may be a while before you get an answer.
In the mean time for all things Renault consider joining (in conjunction with this forum of course):

http://www.rtmr.org./

Their Secretary - Nora (traficlady) is a member of this forum.

 I've never owned a Renault but generally (on most makes) the bulbs are accessed from the back but how you get in is often far from obvious.

Brod
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Re: Replacing a brake light bulb

Post by -mojo- on Fri Jan 01, 2016 3:27 pm

I owned a Rapport for a year, but got no failed bulbs during that time, so can't say from experience. However, I suspect that Daisy Mae is correct, and there are small panels which unscrew inside to reveal the back of the lamp fitting.

BTW I too can recommend joining the RTMR - I was a member while I owned the Rapport and they were very helpful.
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Re: Replacing a brake light bulb

Post by undertheinfluenceebaying on Sat Jan 02, 2016 2:46 pm

Hiya, Thanks for getting back to me. Got my bulb sorted now, was nestled behind the water pump. Thanks for all the information, I will try the RTMR as well.
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Re: Replacing a brake light bulb

Post by richardstubbs on Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:45 pm

Well done, they're an awkward so-and-so to do. Did you discover that, if you feel around, you can push down on the stainless clip at the top of the lamp unit and the whole thing will pop out (outwards), lens and all? Makes it loads easier.
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Re: Replacing a brake light bulb

Post by richardstubbs on Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:51 pm

You can still get new ones if it's broken - get one soon because spares are getting harder to get. They've gone up by about 50% since I replaced one about 18 months ago.

http://www.mister-auto.co.uk/en/tail-light/valeo-082278_g391_a021082278.html
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Re: Replacing a brake light bulb

Post by undertheinfluenceebaying on Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:18 pm

Thanks for that link Richard. Both of my rear light covers have selotape on so this may need sorting at some point but I have a oil leak that is next on the agenda!!! lol
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Re: Replacing a brake light bulb

Post by richardstubbs on Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:09 pm

No problem. Is it a 1721 petrol engine like mine? If it is I've done quite a few bits and bobs to mine so feel free to ask if you need any advice - no promises but I might be able to help. One piece of advice: Make sure both oils in the gearbox are kept topped up. They leak and the gearbox is weak at the best of times. It's worth putting gearbox Molyslip in the final drive section but I'm a bit wary of it in the gearbox itself because of the effect on the synchros.

I've got an electronic copy of the factory workshop manual (in French!), along with various other documents. PM me your email address if you want them and I'll send them to you.

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Re: Replacing a brake light bulb

Post by undertheinfluenceebaying on Thu Jan 07, 2016 8:21 pm

Yes, is a 1988, 1721 petrol engine. Thanks, I appreciate the help. I really like the van, it has 'character', so hopefully I can attempt to keep it going.
That makes sense now about the oil, it looked too clean to be engine oil on the ground and the engine oil tank appears to be full so will get some help with taking a look at the gearbox. I will send you my email address, thank you very much for the help. Gemma
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Re: Replacing a brake light bulb

Post by richardstubbs on Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:37 pm

PM and loads of emails sent. Hope some of it helps.

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