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PBoPBo Posts: 2,493
edited March 2013 in Commuting chat
Ok hive mind.

Skoda roomster 2 1.4 08

Reversing lights not working.

Both bulbs fine. Fuse fine.

Any ideas?

Caveat: my knowledge of car electrics is rudimentary at best.

Cheers

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  • shdaxnershdaxner Posts: 249
    Could be the reverse light switch, basically a switch on or near the gearbox which activates the lights once put into reverse.
    Unfortunately, i have no idea where this is or how to get to it on your car.
  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    Have you got a multimeter?

    I assume the other lights in the cluster work? Then you can be reasonably sure the earth connection is ok.

    Switch is most likely the problem
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  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 24,133 Lives Here
    As above most likely the switch.
    Assuming you have two reverse lights and other lights are fine it's unlikely there's a bad earth only to both reverse lights. If other lights are acting up, try getting someone to indicate whilst pushing the brake and go through other light functions, look at the earth connections to the bulb and the lamp unit.
    As MRS says, a multimeter makes tracing the fault much easier.
  • The OrsThe Ors Posts: 130
    Try the forums at http://www.briskoda.net
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,607
    It's almost certainly the switch. This will either be very easy or a complete censored - owing to location - to fix. I'm afraid my money is on the latter.
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  • Same thing happened on my Mondeo, applying judicious quantities of air duster and then WD40 to the switch and it's contacts sorted the problem.
  • PBoPBo Posts: 2,493
    Thanks all!!

    now, to find it..... :?
  • Take it to the garage:

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  • tgotbtgotb Posts: 4,714
    PBo wrote:
    Thanks all!!

    now, to find it..... :?
    Have you looked in the street, just outside your house?
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  • kelsenkelsen Posts: 2,003
    PBo wrote:
    Ok hive mind.

    Skoda roomster 2 1.4 08

    Reversing lights not working.

    Both bulbs fine. Fuse fine.

    Any ideas?

    Caveat: my knowledge of car electrics is rudimentary at best.

    Cheers
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  • DJFishDJFish Posts: 49
    Generally a plug like this 593171644_o.jpg will be attached to your gearbox housing with a couple of wires sticking out of it.
    Usually behind the rad and therefore exposed to airflow, moisture & crud.
    Unplug, squirt with WD40, plug in, see what happens.
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