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Re: LED Tail Lights

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Hi guys,

I am having the same issues on my 2012 punto. The LED light works but is dim. The right side is working fine and is bright. I brought my Punto at bristol street motors, is it worth trying to go through them? or straight to Fiat?
Hi. Just came across this thread via Google! This is exactly what my boy's 2012 Punto is doing! I tried posting in the Grande Punto section (because it looks like more people look there than here). So far only a limited response. This thread answers just about all my questions - thanks everyone.

I removed the light unit but the black plug on the back of it is very very tight. So I left it alone and removed the bulb holder unit which allowed me to check the bulbs, without unplugging from the loom. (That was when I discovered the side lights were LEDs!). Put it all back together but it's still dim! Haven't tried slapping it or the hair dryer treatment yet.

I think probably a new unit from Shop4parts is going to be the way to go, especially as I read here that new units are improved/modified to get over this problem, but I've still got the problem of removing the plug on the back of the unit. It does seem very tight. I can't see any sort of interlock, like you get on a sensor plug for instance? Is it just a case of getting "physical" with it? I'm worried it's going to break/snap.
Thanks for any help
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Hi. Just came across this thread via Google! This is exactly what my boy's 2012 Punto is doing! I tried posting in the Grande Punto section (because it looks like more people look there than here). So far only a limited response. This thread answers just about all my questions - thanks everyone.

I removed the light unit but the black plug on the back of it is very very tight. So I left it alone and removed the bulb holder unit which allowed me to check the bulbs, without unplugging from the loom. (That was when I discovered the side lights were LEDs!). Put it all back together but it's still dim! Haven't tried slapping it or the hair dryer treatment yet.

I think probably a new unit from Shop4parts is going to be the way to go, especially as I read here that new units are improved/modified to get over this problem, but I've still got the problem of removing the plug on the back of the unit. It does seem very tight. I can't see any sort of interlock, like you get on a sensor plug for instance? Is it just a case of getting "physical" with it? I'm worried it's going to break/snap.
Thanks for any help
Jock.
OK, just me being over cautious/stupid! The black connector plug does have a locking clip which needs to be firmly depressed to allow the plug to be pulled off!

I have posted "Punto Led rear light gone dim" in the "tech" section. The hairdryer procedure works well. You don't need it to get that hot but you do need the air to circulate for some time to be sure all the moisture is chased out. We did it for about 20 minutes and I see someone else recons they did it for about 15 minutes.

The thick spongy sealing material on the back of the bulb holder was in good condition on ours but, we were so excited to find out if it had worked that I forgot to check what the seal (if there is one, I didn't look) around the edge of the bulb holder itself was like before reassembling it.

My son noticed "made in Turkey" on ours too! Our car - actually it's his car - is a 2012 registration so it must be a pre-modified unit. If the problem reoccurs we'll be buying a new one from Mike at Shop4parts.

Thanks again for all the great info in this thread. I doubt if I would have thought to use the hairdryer trick because looking at it revealed no sign of any condensation at all.
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Re: LED Tail Lights

Update. My boy's just off the phone from telling me the Fabia diesel has gone into "limp" with various dash lamps lit! Thanks son! My bet is on a blocked DPF because it's been doing regens a lot just lately and they're up around the 140000 mile mark. Anyway going to have a look tomorrow with my old pal VCDS tucked under my arm.

He cheered me up though by telling me the Pinto's rear light is still nice and bright!
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