Well, the storm has come and gone, and the affect on my 08 Acenta has been that the rear fog light refuses to switch off. I've taken the bulb out meantime, (probably breaking plastic retainers on the unit in the process ho hum). Any ideas?
I had a wee bump a couple of days ago (Black Ice, nasty), below 5mph, shunted front and rear, no visible damage to my Note, and I checked all lights at the time, but might this have caused the fault, I wonder.
Re removing the light, you're probably right, but not according to the not-very-clear diagrams in the handbook
. Anyway I got a replacement for just a few quid on ebay, and I'm thinking I'll turn to the dealers to errr.. deal.
where will I find the relay you're talking about or is it a specialist job?
Turns out it's the BCM. (Body Control Module)Not affected by the bump as it's on the dash apparently. Nissan will take £456 to fit a new one incl. vat which is a bit of a relief compared to some of the scary stories regarding ipdm problems I've been finding around the internet!
They also say that a reclaimed unit would have to be code-matched to my vehicle, therefore not possible to use. Hmm not sure about that.
depends on the specs of the car it comes from, yes it may well need recoding to get full functionallity, some times the bcm get confused so its worth disconnecting the battery for 15 mins to let it reset to default before splashing the cash
Think the point I was groping for is that they would need to do that with a new one anyway - and they did! Still, all done now. And ended up being slightly cheaper. They let me keep the old one so I can put it on the mantelpiece and throw things at it. Ta for input.
I know this is many years too late to help the person who asked the original question but my sister had the same problem on her 2008 Note. I googled for help and kept getting this post popping up so thought I would post what I did the help others it really isn't difficult.
I bought ab3 terminal 15 amp fog light switch with an illuminated indication as required by the UK MOT test for about £2.50 off eBay. I was going to find a spare fuse location in the fuse box, minimum 15 amp by the drivers knee and use a fuse tap to avoid having to cut cables there. Then found my sister had a 12v 15 amp accessory socket in the boot that swiched off with the ignition so I used that instead, it requires a long run of twin cable but it's as easy to run twin as it is single cable anyhow.
Pull the rear accessory socket fuse then cut the orange 12v positive wire that goes to the rear accessory socket and feed some twin cable across the back of the car under the carpet to the front of the car. I fitted the new switch to an unused blank in the bank of switches above the fuse box. The 12v feed from the orange wire goes to the switch and then returns down the other conductor of the twin cable to the (load) fog light. The original wires to the fog light are red 12v and black ground, Cut only the red 12v wire just inside the boot take care not to short to ground if you haven't disconnected the battery and insulate to prevent a future short. Then attach the other end of the twin cable in the boot to the red wire going out to the fog lamp. The only thing left to do is connect the 3rd terminal on the switch to a ground to enable the indicator to light. There's a triangular plastic panel on the floor in front of the door and once pulled off you'll see an M5 stud that you can attach the ground wire to.
You now have a working fog light with a visible inducation that turns off with the ignition so it can no longer flatten your battery.
Ok it doesn't cancel the fog light until you turn off the switch unlike the original non latching set up but the MOT requirement doesn't ask for that, that's only a requirement when a car is sold as new in the UK.
Total cost for me was about £3 as I had 3 insulated spade crimps, some albeit expensive but no longer used twin speaker cable and some Wago lever connectors for joining the cables that I always keep to hand.
The only issue I had was getting the side panels off in the boot to run the cable and get to the rear of the accessory socket. I only discovered on reassembly that the middle of those funny plastic hooks prised out to allow the rest of the hook assembly to easily slide out. Although a little patience is required to part The lower side plastics from The upper side plastics too. The rear plastic panel in the boot just lifts up and comes out easily allowing full access to the fog light wiring where it enters the car.
Just don't go plugging in a high power appliance in the accessory socket whilst driving in fog as the 15 amp fuse will blow. Saves buying a BCM until one of the other known BCM faults occur then it isn't too much bother to reconnect the old circuit if you want.
Hopefully you can follow this, I'll try to post a diagram if I get time.
Thanks for detailed reply, I'm sure it'll be useful for someone. Yes the note is long gone sadly, I really liked it. I had considered rigging something like this up, I did something similar to a Vauxhall Victor years ago when the washer pump switch went pants. My worries were lying to insurance companies when asked if it had been modified, and my deep-seated aversion to plastic panel pulling. I may have to spend some time today lying down in a darkened room just for having mentioned it. Cheers.
We bought an i800 a few years back as we are a family of 6 with 2 dogs. Got the i800 as it was 33 percent cheaper than a VW or Merc. The only issue was the kids wanted DVD players like the voyager. You should have seen the neighbours faces when I had the plastics off from one side and the entire rooflining down to fit 2 DVD screens to a 3 month old car. As for insurance, deny any knowledge but the chances of it going up in smoke are far less than a Vauxhall!
Ah the Hyundai i800. Kids called it the gangster van. Work colleagues called it the pimp mobile. It was Black with Black tinted windows. Got the auto version as a courtesy car when my new auto galaxy was written off. It was too big for my needs but unfortunately the only auto they had.
Really loved this full adult 8 seater. Pain to find parking slots. If I had a large family I definitely recommend one.