VW Passat B6 Indicator Fault Diagnosis

We recently had a VW Passat B6 in with an indicator issue.

The dash was showing the indicator blinking at double speed.

As the rear lights are LED this was actually the control unit making the fast flash on the dash. The front and side repeaters were flashing at normal speed but the rear indicator on the left side was inoperative.

To rule out a possible ECU malfunction we plugged the car in and saw the codes:

1501 Rear Turn Signal Light - M6

984 Bulb for Left Taillamp - M4

As the rear lights have no bulbs this indicated a fault with the assembly.

To prove a fault with the rear light assembly as we noted the connectors are the same on both rear tail lights we removed both rear tail lamps and switched them around to prove the fitting was faulty.

The taillights are removed by removing the luggage hook with a T25 Torx screw. The trim can then be pulled back to give better access to remove the 10mm nuts holding the taillight in position.


How to replace Reverse or Fog Light on Jeep Renegade

The Reverse and Fog light are lower lights on the rear bumper of the Jeep Renegade and at first glance it look like you may be able to just about remove them from behind the bumper.

The lights are held on from behind by 3 T25 Torx Screws.

This is the new fitting.

The left 2 fixings you can just about access with the right tool however even with a great tool kit bumper removal is definitely the best option as daunting as this may seem.

A Torx bar can just about access the bottom and the closest top screw but the far one is almost inaccessible. This is the easiest one, the other 2 you cannot see.

Remove the bulb holder with a twist.
To start removing the bumper you'll need to remove the rear wheel arch trim on whichever side you wish to replace. I opted to only half remove the bumper to replace only the nearside light, the reverse light.

Now remove the uncovered bolt.

Next you'll need to remove the rear light.

Remove the access panel in the boot.

Now twist the white plastic securing bolt anti-clockwise.

Once removed the lamp assembly will be removable and the connector behind will be easy to remove from inside.

Now with the light removed you can remove 2 T30 Torx screws from inside where the boot lid would close onto. 

This will allow you to pull the bumper away enough to access the top screw on the reverse light.

If the bumper won't come away far enough then there are more Torx screws underneath that can be removed although this may not be needed. The fixings were bent on this car due to a bump.


Vauxhall Meriva strange blown bulbs

I've never seen one bulb melt out of shape when blown but on the Vauxhall Meriva we found 2 that had balooned out.


Skoda Octavia Door Mirror and Door Card Removal

To remove the door mirror on the Skoda Octavia, due to the location of the wiring connector you must remove the door card.

To remove the door card.

Remove 7 T15 Torx screws from around the door card.

Using a Bojo tool split the door handle and remove the 2 cross head screws from the uncovered holes.

Using a Bojo tool pop the window switch out of position and remove the cross head screw behind it.

You can now lift the door card out of position.

Disconnect the door handle cable.

Disconnect the door card light, you may need a tool for this as the connector may be clipped on both sides.

To remove the door mirror you can now access the connector.

Slide the door mirror wiring connector out of the clip and disconnect.

Remove the 3 T30 Torx screws from the mirror.

Push the connector through the door along with the insulating foam around the cable.


Honda Accord 2.0 Oil and Filter Service

Start underneath the car.

There is a flap on the under car tray you can open to access the sump plug with a 10mm bolt.

Once you've undone and removed the flap you can access the 17mm sump plug.

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Remove the sump plug and drain the oil.

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Replace the sump plug washer, they are the aluminium type.

The oil filter is located on the back of the engine above the driveshaft and access is very limited.

Removal was quite difficult but managed with an oil filter strap eventually.

Due to the location removal will make quite a mess as the filter will be full of oil and some will be left in the system so do have something in place to catch the oil as it will drip down onto the under car tray. Brake cleaner is very useful for cleaning oil off quickly. Replace the oil filter and tighten by hand to approximately 12Nm.

You can now refill the oil, the capacity including the filter is 4.2 litres. add 4 litres, run the car and recheck the level after the engine has been off for 5 minutes. Add small amounts of oil until the maximum level is reached on the dipstick.