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#1 Martyn1979

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 08:58 PM

Hello everyone

 

Noticed today my LED brake light is not working, along with nearside brake light. Initially I thought maybe somehow the two were related, but after changing the regular bulb, the LED lamp is still dead.

 

Looks like I need to remove the rear spoiler to access it, and the washer jet is built into it.

 

Before I start taking it all apart (if it ever stops raining!!) has anybody else come across this? I am thinking it may be a connection problem, as LED's generally last a very long time!

 

Thanks in advance, Martyn

 

2009 C5 Tourer 1.6Hdi VTR+Nav


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Posted 28 January 2014 - 11:49 PM

There was a post last year with the same problem. The poster has come back to let us know how it was fixed. http://www.citroen-o...2009-c5-tourer/

I replaced one on our 2007 C5 estate since water was getting in and whilst trying to remove the lens to dry it out and seal it the lens broke. Whilst leds may last a long time, the printed circuit may not if it gets water in.

 

It is not a quick job to replace on the tourer, this is based on the Citroen procedures so should help ( I have not done the job so maybe you can report back with tips after you have done it):

- put a sheet or similar on the rear of the roof to avoid paint scratches

- open the tailgate and remove the top tailgate plastic trim (8 clips)

- undo 4 torx bolts now seen holding the spoiler on (4 Nm)

- rotate the back edge of the spoiler up to unclip 2 hinge pins

- unclip 2 clips nearer the middle of the spoiler

- uncouple the wash water pipe (it may need an insert pushing in to release it as on fuel filter pipes)

- lift off the spoiler and undo the light electrical connector

- unclip the stop lamp and remove 2 bolts to release it from the spoiler

 

Check the new light works before fitting everything. The procedure says to disconnect the battery first but I did not bother on our C5.

 

If you do not want to buy a new light to start with, then you could check for 12 volts at the connector when the brakes are applied.


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Posted 29 January 2014 - 12:42 PM

Hello everyone

Noticed today my LED brake light is not working, along with nearside brake light. Initially I thought maybe somehow the two were related, but after changing the regular bulb, the LED lamp is still dead.

Looks like I need to remove the rear spoiler to access it, and the washer jet is built into it.

Before I start taking it all apart (if it ever stops raining!!) has anybody else come across this? I am thinking it may be a connection problem, as LED's generally last a very long time!

Thanks in advance, Martyn

2009 C5 Tourer 1.6Hdi VTR+Nav


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Posted 29 January 2014 - 12:46 PM

Hi,, I had a similar problem a couple of months ago, I would check the cable on the left hand side of the tailgate before replacing, I found that a wire had snapped, managed to reconnect and insulate and now working fine.
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Posted 29 January 2014 - 01:56 PM

Was the broken wire on the tailgate or in the gap between the body and tailgate ?


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Posted 29 January 2014 - 04:28 PM

Was broken on the very end of tailgate.
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Posted 04 February 2014 - 09:52 PM

Finally got round to having a look, tried to remove the spoiler as Paul H suggested, broke off some plastic trim clips around the inside of the rear windscreen! Started to remove the spoiler, and it started raining!

 

Gave up and booked it in to the garage. Sure enough, broken wire between tailgate and body.

 

Strangely, the pair of wires for the brake light are in a seperate conduit to the wires for screen heater, wiper, boot release etc. still jobs a goodun now!

 

Thanks to you all for your help,

 

Martyn


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 12:19 AM

Looks as if this may become a common problem on the C5 tourer. It is a problem on the C4 so maybe Citroen still need to learn a few things. I have now added it to the growing list of Common Problems.


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Posted 29 January 2015 - 05:46 PM

This topic includes a post by nevcco with photos showing the rear washer pipe being replaced and access to remove the high level brake light. http://www.citroen-o...e-on-c5-tourer/


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