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Just found out why my rear fog lights would't light up even though the dash switch would light up. After pulling the connector off the drivers side tail light the pin on the circuit board looked black, which was a small rubber insulater which blocked the path to the fog lights. Removed the piece of rubber and now they work. This must have been done at the factory to complie whith some state laws. A small trick that may be well known among the 240 group, but a great find for myself. <P>
 

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Cool, I'll have to take a lookat our 245. I've been wondering why it didn't work, but haven't had the time to chase it down. Thanks for the heads up.
 

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Yeah, great find! I don't have a 240, but when I got my car, the fuse for the single rear fog light was taken out so it did not work as well. I have since converted it to a dual rear fog, but with normal low powered bulbs. Strange stuff...<P>-Drew
 

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Be careful how you do it though. When I bought my 240, the rear fog lights were on whenever the headlight switch was in the first or second positions. With the Park lamps on, flipping the fog light switch only served to turn on the headlights. ??? was my reaction. With the headlights on, flipping the switch only managed to turn on the bulb failure sensor light. The only thing I can figure is that sometime in the car's past, the owner had left the switch on with the bulb burned out and went to have the car inspected. (that's one of the silly things we have to do every year here) The inspector probably failed the car due to the uneven lighting at the rear not realizing that it was a rear fog. <BR> This resulted in someone wiring a bulb and socket to the tailight in the passenger side corresponding location and my mysterious lighting problem. It looked as though my brake lights were on all the time it was so bright back there!<BR> While I was at Martens for a club meeting, Rick took a look at it and proceded to yank out all the errant wires, and that fixed the problem.<P> By the way. As long as were at the back of the car, I should add that I have found it useful to engage the backup lights while moving forward to ward off tailgaters at night. You can do it with manual transmissions, but just be careful you don't get too overzealous about getting that guy off your bumper. The tranny might not be too pleased. I wonder if there's someone who has installed a switch that can be toggled on so as to trigger the lights without taking the car out of gear. It's probably very simple, but I am no electrician.<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by kowalski:<BR><B>I wonder if there's someone who has installed a switch that can be toggled on so as to trigger the lights without taking the car out of gear.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I'd like to try the Halogen back up lights that IPD sells. 50W and 300% brighter.<P>I rarely drive slow enough to be tail-gated.<P>
 

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much like you towerymt. but with the reversing lights couldt you just put the car into reverse ,but not take out the clutch? not that there bright enuf..or the fact that they could see them cos there so far up your a$$,remedy foot on brake..<P>michael.<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>but with the reversing lights couldt you just put the car into reverse ,but not take out the clutch?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Nope. Ever try to put a manual in reverse while rolling forward/backward? It will almost always grind. No synchro on reverse, so you MUST be stopped to shift into reverse. If you tried to put it in reverse while driving, it would make a horrible noise and probably kick the shifter out of your hand.<P>It is possible to lift the reverse detent ring on the shifter and move it slightly towards reverse without grinding the gear, but still causing the reverse lights to come on. This isn't worth the risk to me, but it's possible. I'd prefer to rig a toggle switch on the dash to bypass the reverse switch entirely and then just use it whenever you need it.<BR><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by towerymt:<BR><B> I'd like to try the Halogen back up lights that IPD sells. 50W and 300% brighter.<P>I rarely drive slow enough to be tail-gated.<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I've got the halogens - definitely worth it. <P>When they first came out, some people on the BB mentioned lenses distorting or 'disappearing' (glue melted and they fell off.) I think all these instances were the 6-panel lights. I've got the 5-panel lights, with a much larger backup light area.<P>
 

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yeah good point..<BR>anyway not bright enuf the helogens are the way to go..<BR>i no what you mean bout the shifter throwing back at you, i rember driving a car and i thought the next gear was 5th<BR>but it was reverse..<BR>hehe<BR>didt sound good..<BR>michael.<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by 11110000:<BR><B> I've got the halogens - definitely worth it. <P>When they first came out, some people on the BB mentioned lenses distorting or 'disappearing' (glue melted and they fell off.) I think all these instances were the 6-panel lights. I've got the 5-panel lights, with a much larger backup light area.<BR></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I've got the 6 panels, but the backup lens is easy to replace. The only problem is that I was planning to tint the top row of my taillights black (<A HREF="http://a3.cpimg.com/image/9D/1D/10778013-31b9-01F40125-.jpg" TARGET=_blank>like this 740</A>..or <A HREF="http://a4.cpimg.com/image/9E/1D/10778014-1ab8-02000155-.jpg" TARGET=_blank>this 240</A>) and then use the halogen bulbs in the reverse and turn signal sockets (the black tint spray blocks a LOT of light). This is still just a crazy idea, but I'd better try a pair in the reverse sockets before I make any further plans. Thanks.<P>edit: Forgot to mention that I might skip that and try to put late model 740/760 3 row taillights on my 240 if I can figure out the mounting and wiring. I already got a broken one for free from Brian Leppin to use as the test subject, and it actually fits pretty well. Here's what I'm going for:<P> <IMG SRC="http://a6.cpimg.com/image/80/2D/10778496-a0cc-013900EF-.jpg"> <P>
 

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I use the reverse trick ALLLLLL the time now. It's a great trick, all you do is pop the reverse lockout up and put it over to the left...it doesn't grind unless you push up too. I try not to do that <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"> It's really great when some idiot actually thinks that you just threw it into reverse at 50 mph and slams the brakes...I love that...<P>Rob
 

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That's a black 242 with a twin turbo 6cyl. 24V white block. I have huge scans from the article in Bilsport, but these are just pieces of it:<P> <IMG SRC="http://a2.cpimg.com/image/12/F0/10800402-35d0-017F0209-.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://a3.cpimg.com/image/13/F0/10800403-339b-0200015C-.jpg"> <P>
 
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