replacing rear light plug

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My c3 has no end of problems. One being a screw holding in an earth cable to the terminal.

I've got a replacement connector plug and cables from the scrapyard.

Can I butt connect the new connector to the old cables once the old connector has been cut off?
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Welcome to the forum jimnastic

jimnastic wrote:My c3 has no end of problems. One being a screw holding in an earth cable to the terminal.

I've got a replacement connector plug and cables from the scrapyard.

Can I butt connect the new connector to the old cables once the old connector has been cut off?

I don't see why not. Leave your self a bit extra on cable length, too short is a pain.


Successful Crimp Connectors

A good quality 'ratcheting' tool (not even that expensive) makes much better crimps than the non ratchet type of crimper.

Silverline PL55 Ratchet Crimping Pliers

and these wire cutters/strippers are a breeze to use.



Add a picture of the finished job (showing butt connectors) if you get a chance ;) Thanks!
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Thanks for the reply.
Do you have any idea as to which amp connectors I need?

Can't find any info on what amp the cables to to lights are.

Many thanks
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jimnastic wrote:Thanks for the reply.
Do you have any idea as to which amp connectors I need?

Can't find any info on what amp the cables to to lights are.

Many thanks
Its not the current rating or 'amps' that is important, but the physical size of the crimp. They are colour coded to accept different cable diameters.

What I do is to buy both red butt crimp and some blue butt crimp. Try stripping the cable and inserting the conductor into the red butt, if its won't go, switch to blue butts. If red is too small, blue will be just right. Don't use blue if the cable fits red because it can be too loose.


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Job done.

Just in case anyone needs this in future:

1. Follow the guide on the forum
Which explains how to disconnect the battery.

2. Undo the nuts and remove the light cluster

3. Unplug the cluster from the connector

4. Cut the connector and cables off
Leaving you with just the cables sticking out of the car.

5. Strip back a small amount of insulation on each cable sticking out and insert each cable end into a red butt connector and crimp down using a crimping tool.

6. insert the cables on your new plug
Into the other end of each crimp matching the cable numbers 1-6
And crimp

7. Wrap each join in insulating tape.

8. Plug the new plug into the light cluster and fit back the cluster to the car with the nuts in the way you removed the cluster.

9. Test.
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A tip for splicing on new connectors that have several wires. If you have enough room and wire to do it, cut each wire a slightly different length so that the joints are staggered. If you do this, you don't end up with a 'clump' of crimp connectors which in some cases can stop the cables passing through things like grommets or holes in the bodywork.
If the joints are in a place that is subject to moisture you can use crimps that have heat shrink properties and a hot melt glue lining. They are idea for under the bonnet and tow bar electrics. An alternative is self amalgamating tape to wrap round the joints.
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Great advice here, any idea where I can get the correct connection plug?
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diytryer wrote:Great advice here, any idea where I can get the correct connection plug?
Hi diytryer,
jimnastic wrote:I've got a replacement connector plug and cables from the scrapyard.
jimnastic picked his up at a scrap yard from a scrapped C3,

but Citroen dealers also do a repair kit for the rear clusters:

16 062 487 80
CONNECTION REPAIR KIT
6 VOIES
MARKING 9647087080 1606248780
FXX - BLACK
REAR WING LAMP
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diytryer wrote: Wed May 07, 2014 9:49 pm Great advice here, any idea where I can get the correct connection plug?



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