Need assistance license plate lights out - Rennlist - Porsche Discussion Forums



996 Forum
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

Need assistance license plate lights out

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-20-2017, 12:56 PM   #1
TomR9964S
Addict
Rennlist Member
Thread Starter
 
TomR9964S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 48
Default Need assistance license plate lights out

I am only 10 days into being a Porsche owner. I found my license plate lights are not working on a '04 996 4S. Thanks to a post on here I was quickly able to remove the housings and replace both bulbs that were burned out. They are still not working. I put the multimeter on there and there is no voltage at either light. The fuse list does not show license plate lights other than position A7 (Canada.) All other lights seem to be functioning.

Does anyone know if there is a separate fuse for the license plate light?

Another thing, I noticed in the maintenance records for last year:
1. Repair Damaged Wires found during service
2. Rodent Damage To Rear Lid Latch
3. Removed Rear Lid Latch Repaired Harness Damage Reinstalled
4. Adjusted Latch, Test Operation, Completed
So I am thinking since the license plate lights are the same area I could have wire damage to them also. It looks like this would require rear bumper removal (how hard is this?)

Any ideas/suggestions would be welcome.
TomR9964S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2017, 01:05 PM   #2
DTMiller
Addict
Rennlist Member
 
DTMiller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: right behind you until the straight
Posts: 3,565
Default

Rear bumper removal is easy. pelican website has a step by step here:.
techarticles/Porsche-996-997-Carrera/46-EXHAUST-Muffler_Replacement/46-EXHAUST-Muffler_Replacement.htm

If there was rodent damage elsewhere in the rear, good chance there is a wire problem. I'd definitely start there.
DTMiller is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2017, 01:21 PM   #3
Ahsai
Addict
Rennlist Member
 
Ahsai's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 6,056
Default

Agree with DT. Check fuse A5 first though, which is for the license plate and the cluster. There's a connector inside the rear bumper. Maybe someone removed the bumper before and forgot to plug that in.
Ahsai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2017, 01:33 PM   #4
TomR9964S
Addict
Rennlist Member
Thread Starter
 
TomR9964S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 48
Default

Thank you for the link DT. I am not a mechanic by any means, but the bumper cover removal looks pretty straightforward. Only other concern is my vehicle has OEM backup sensors as well as an aftermarket backup camera. It seems like I could have a lot more wiring under the cover than just the license plate light harness depicted.
TomR9964S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2017, 01:41 PM   #5
TomR9964S
Addict
Rennlist Member
Thread Starter
 
TomR9964S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 48
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ahsai View Post
Agree with DT. Check fuse A5 first though, which is for the license plate and the cluster. There's a connector inside the rear bumper. Maybe someone removed the bumper before and forgot to plug that in.
Thank you Ahsai. I try that next. The bumper cover removal is a pretty scary thought on a recently purchased vehicle I worked so hard to obtain.
TomR9964S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2017, 03:17 PM   #6
DTMiller
Addict
Rennlist Member
 
DTMiller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: right behind you until the straight
Posts: 3,565
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TomR9964S View Post
Thank you for the link DT. I am not a mechanic by any means, but the bumper cover removal looks pretty straightforward. Only other concern is my vehicle has OEM backup sensors as well as an aftermarket backup camera. It seems like I could have a lot more wiring under the cover than just the license plate light harness depicted.
Just take your time and keep the removed hardware straight and it isn't hard, I promise. You might need a second set of hands to put the bumper back on to aid in getting it lined up, but this ain't terribly more difficult than changing a wall switch plate

Any wires that are connected to the bumper will have a release that will pop apart with the right combo of pushing and pulling.
DTMiller is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2017, 04:43 PM   #7
TomR9964S
Addict
Rennlist Member
Thread Starter
 
TomR9964S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 48
Default

Thanks for the encouragement DT. This sounds like a father & son project. My son already thinks he is just three years away from driving the 996.
TomR9964S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2017, 02:30 PM   #8
Noz1974
User
 
Noz1974's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 289
Default

I had this and as well as the number plate lights the bong to tell you your lights are on stopped working also as it's on the same fuse, if you noticed this also is probably the fuse!
Noz1974 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2017, 03:34 PM   #9
TomR9964S
Addict
Rennlist Member
Thread Starter
 
TomR9964S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 48
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Noz1974 View Post
I had this and as well as the number plate lights the bong to tell you your lights are on stopped working also as it's on the same fuse, if you noticed this also is probably the fuse!
Thanks, no everything else is normal and the fuse is good. Although, it was not a Porsche dealer I am going to offer them a chance to fix it. One of my friends pointed out since they gave it a "fresh state inspection" they may offer to fix it.

Last edited by TomR9964S; 03-21-2017 at 05:12 PM.
TomR9964S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2017, 04:48 PM   #10
808Bill
User
 
808Bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 1,227
Default

You can do it!
808Bill is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2017, 04:53 PM   #11
Gulliver
Addict
Rennlist Member
 
Gulliver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: a little south of Nashville
Posts: 414
Default

While I do understand and appreciate the principle of asking the dealership to correct the issue, for me I believe I'd rather look at it myself. It would seem to be legally their responsibility, yes -but who knows who would get the keys to "go have a look at this guy's tag lights and see if you see anything...." That to me, is more terrifying than dropping a bumper cover myself. Good luck, and enjoy your new car!
Gulliver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2017, 05:49 PM   #12
dan_189
User
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 1,177
Default

I find personally with this car if you just take the challenge, take your time and think logically.

Also remember it's a car, I had quite a bit of hesitation and thinking the dealership should do all the work but really for some things I can take my time and be more careful and do a better job.

Removing the rear bar is really straight forward.

There are only a few bolts and it comes off. There is a good youtube video I followed when I removed mine, I'll see if I can find it.
dan_189 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2017, 06:07 PM   #13
TomR9964S
Addict
Rennlist Member
Thread Starter
 
TomR9964S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 48
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dan_189 View Post
I find personally with this car if you just take the challenge, take your time and think logically.

Also remember it's a car, I had quite a bit of hesitation and thinking the dealership should do all the work but really for some things I can take my time and be more careful and do a better job.

Removing the rear bar is really straight forward.

There are only a few bolts and it comes off. There is a good youtube video I followed when I removed mine, I'll see if I can find it.
Thank you, Dan. I found the video and yes it looks pretty straightforward. The dealer called about a hour ago and agreed to fix it. I'll punt on this one just in case it gets more detailed and expensive than just fixing a wire.

I am sure with a 12 year old car I will have many more chances to get my hands dirty.

Thanks again,
Tom

Last edited by TomR9964S; 03-21-2017 at 10:23 PM.
TomR9964S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2017, 10:14 PM   #14
dan_189
User
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 1,177
Default

Anytime Tom, plenty of jobs to be done eventually as well as preventative maintenance!

When I remember back to when I bought my car I wouldn't have dreamed of attempting the jobs I've done!
dan_189 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2017, 02:57 AM   #15
TomR9964S
Addict
Rennlist Member
Thread Starter
 
TomR9964S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 48
Default

Well, the dealership fixed the car for me. Whomever was last to remove the rear bumper cover did not reconnect the wiring harness to the lights. All good now. Thanks for all the help and encouragement.
TomR9964S is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My lights are not working kevin2012 993 Forum 6 10-31-2016 05:01 PM
FS: C2 964 items at competitive prices, all must go Blackbyrd Parts Marketplace 23 06-15-2016 08:48 PM
85 928 ROW Headlights/Taillights MAKING ME NUTS! Erik Wilson 928 Forum 1 04-28-2016 11:20 PM
License plate lights not working kokolyia 964 Forum 1 02-28-2016 07:39 AM
license plate light out ceedee 928 Forum 18 05-03-2007 06:15 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -3. The time now is 01:51 PM.


Copyright ę 1998 - 2017 Rennlist.com
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: