all lights except for the headlights are not working

Henry A Harper III hah at
Wed Jul 16 11:34:26 EDT 2003

You probably have (had) an "open" instead of a short, in the wires that go
to the trunk lid lights that get flexed every time the trunk is opened - a
"short" would cause the fuse for that circuit to blow and wouldn't work
again until you put in a new fuse. Prepare to lay down in the (open) trunk
and unwrap the wiring harness running up the trunklid supports (I believe
most of the lighting wires are on driver's side, vacuum line and alarm (?)
wires for lock on passenger side. After you get good at
soldering/heatshrinking in new wiring segments you can move on to the
driver's door :)

Henry Harper hah at
1991 200 quattro, 119.9k, both front doors and trunk hinge areas redone
1988 GTI 16v, 237k

On Wednesday, July 16, 2003 8:02 AM, bill bleiler [SMTP:b_ill78 at]
> all of a sudden my dash lights didnt come on when i
> turned on my headlights.  I assumed it was a bulb and
> kept driving, when one of my friends flashed me and
> told me that i had no rear lights, my brake lights
> worked but i had no rear lights or front running
> lights.   I continued driving it ( just avoided using
> the car at night and used the rear fog) then one
> morning i opened the trunk and the lights came back
> on....then a few days ago they shut off again, i went
> to open the trunk and presto, they came back on.  Then
> yesterday they didnt come on again, and opening the
> trunk didnt fix it... I checked the bulbs, but they
> were fine, I am assuming there is some sort of short
> back there....any suggestions?
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