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Oh, what a day!

This afternoon I took my Fluence for an MOT. I was surprised to hear that it failed due to rear fog lights. I never use the damn things. However, indeed, they don't seem to work. There is a 2nd control on the indicator stalk which you flick one way for front fogs, (they work) and the other way for rear fogs.

I thought it must be a fuse, so consulted the manual. They do not mention one for fog lights, but the fuse box contains many more fuses than are shown in the book. Therefore I started pulling them out one by one to try to find a duff one.

They all seem okay. However, my car now has loads of error messages and won't move. What have I done?

I have the 12v battery off overnight, and hope it may forget this by tomorrow. Failing that will try the scan tool.

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Its probably just got its knickers in a twist. With all the fuses back in it will probably be ok.

I bought a Fluence project car recently, they are a part of EV history.

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Thanks Gary. You were correct. This morning everything is back to normal, but I still have no fog lights, or indicator for them on the dash.

Meanwhile, I have tested every fuse in the glove box, and all the ones in that weird box on the left of the battery. They are all fine. I'm really stumped. Would dead bulbs, or a bad contact in the boot lid prevent the indicator on the dash coming on?
 

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Would dead bulbs, or a bad contact in the boot lid prevent the indicator on the dash coming on?
Unlikely, but worth checking. Do you know where the relevant CanBus controller is situated and what else it drives? It is worth checking that it is making a suitable output.
Do the boot electrics go through a loom or via contacts? If the former check that the cables haven't broken (happens a lot on other cars - had it on 2 BMW and 1 VW), if contacts then are they clean?
 

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Thanks Gary. You were correct. This morning everything is back to normal, but I still have no fog lights, or indicator for them on the dash.

Meanwhile, I have tested every fuse in the glove box, and all the ones in that weird box on the left of the battery. They are all fine. I'm really stumped. Would dead bulbs, or a bad contact in the boot lid prevent the indicator on the dash coming on?
Bulb definitely worth checking next. It could well be "smart" and stop the dash light coming on.

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Thanks guys. Gary, I think you already noticed something that I didn't. On page 5/16 of the manual it mentions 'Reversing Light or Rear Fog light, pointing to the same place on each side of the boot.

I just set up my camera to film myself going back & forth in the drive, and indeed the reversing light only illuminates on the passenger side. So presumably the driver's side is the single fog light? It also says: 'Please see an authorised dealer.' Does that mean that the bulb can't be replaced, and you have to replace the entire fitting?
 

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So presumably the driver's side is the single fog light? It also says: 'Please see an authorised dealer.' Does that mean that the bulb can't be replaced, and you have to replace the entire fitting?
It is nearly always a single light, particularly when paired with a reverse light position. If it is a single bulb the chance of a single failure causing the issue is much higher.
The bulb will be replaceable, but probably only by removing the light unit or some trim rather than having a convenient access panel.
Before you start dismantling the car check that power is getting to the unit. Sometimes the steering column stalk switches fail or one of the electrical connectors gets a bad connection.
 

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Success!

I removed the 'carpet' from the boot lid, and went to remove the plug from the bulb holder. It came out very easily, so I wondered if it was making connection at all. Pushing it back, it clicked and the light plus dashboard light now work.

Thanks for everyone's help & sympathy.
 

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G.a.r.y. where did you buy the Fluence from (area)? What colour is it? I had seen one for sale (and visited it) in august this year near Luton. But had a flight the same day and could not get it home then. Hope it was you, it was in mint condition.

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G.a.r.y. where did you buy the Fluence from (area)? What colour is it? I had seen one for sale (and visited it) in august this year near Luton. But had a flight the same day and could not get it home then. Hope it was you, it was in mint condition.

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There's one here in Caterham that looks reasonable. You can buy out the battery lease for about £2k. I hope someone rescues it soon.

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202011226371298?
 

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G.a.r.y. where did you buy the Fluence from (area)? What colour is it? I had seen one for sale (and visited it) in august this year near Luton. But had a flight the same day and could not get it home then. Hope it was you, it was in mint condition.

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I bought mine from Dublin and had it imported. It was originally a UK car that was exported to Ireland and i'm in the process of getting it re-imported (in a paperwork sense, as the car is here already). My car technically still has a battery lease however the previous owner wasnt paying it and I havent signed any paperwork, probably got lost with it being exported. The car works fine but battery health is low. Once ive got it imported i'll probably get Renault to check the battery health, I can see its 61% on my diagnostics reader but im not sure what they will do as the lease currently isnt being paid !

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For anyone wanting CHAdeMO on their Fluence or Kangoo ZE let me know.

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Sure. This is a portable version. 2nd revision will come mounted in the OEM charger. You want to mount it yourself or wanna come by?

The socket is diy, I'd recommend getting an OEM one.


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