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Overhauling a light cluster

Many modern cars are now designed so that their lights are built as a one-piece unit known as a cluster. These are easier for the manufacturer to produce than the older type of light unit, which is fitted separately to the car. Read more

Fixing a simple light cluster

Illumination for the rear number plate is a legal requirement, though the location of the bulb differs between different models. Common fitting positions include the rear bumper (below), the side of the number plate or the bodywork. Removing a number plate light is basically much the same as for other light units. The light housing surrounding the bulb may have the lens built into it and be simply removed by releasing its securing screws. Read more

Fixing a reversing light

Reversing lights are not generally a legal requirement but they are useful. They serve two purposes - to warn other road-users you are about to reverse, and to provide light if you are reversing in the dark. Read more

How to fix an indicator stalk

The majority of indicator stalks are mounted on the side of the steering column so you can easily operate them without having to release your grip on the steering wheel. Most modern stalks also have a self-cancelling device that is operated by the moving part of the steering column. This automatically switches the indicators off after you have turned into a bend. Read more

Adding reversing lights

Reversing is one of the most difficult manoeuvres you can perform with your car, especially at night. The manoeuvre is made much safer and easier if your car has a pair of reversing lights, which come on automatically when you engage reverse gear to light up the area behind your car. Read more

Fitting a brake light warning system

Brake lights are a vital warning signal to other road-users and a legal requirement, so you need to make sure they are always in working order. You should check them every day but, because this is awkward to do on your own, they are often checked only rarely if at all. Read more