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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 10th, 2012, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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DIY R56 Spot Light Problems

Since i bought my MCS a few months ago the spot lamps haven't worked, the guy before didn't know how to turn them on so left them... thus never told me how to turn them on... but i have tried everything and every button and im sure they've just meant to come on automatically when the fog lights are turned on..

So i changed the bulb on one one of them and there's still no change...

Any Idea's what could be wrong?

do both bulbs need to changed for the circuit to work?
do you think i need to change the fuse?? if so which one is it?
does the computer need to be reset?
or is there a secret little button somewhere no is telling me about?

Any help would be great!
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Hi,

This might sound daft but are you 100% these are actually wired up? Some people fit these just for the look and don't actually wire them.

If they are wired up then double check where the cables are going , if they come off the main beam then they will be tapped in somewhere and also go to a switched relay , you should also have a connection going to the possitive terminal with an inline fuse so check that.

Faulty fuse? faulty relay? loose connection?

The wiring above would be a DIY job , if its factory fitted then its done slighty different.

Just follow the cables , its so much easier if you have a meter.

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Are they fog lights, or driving lights?
Driving lights are designed to come on with the main beam headlights only.
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@the nun they are fog lights like the ones in the pictures
@harvey94 they do look wired up! Are fuses and relays easy to get? I.e. halfords?
So you think they are DIY'd connected to the main beam, could this be changed to come on when the fog lights are switched on instead?

Where could I get a wiring diagram from? I do remember seeing one once... Maybe on here.. But not to sure... Have any of you regulars seen anything around?

Thanks for the replies so far!
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Since i bought my MCS a few months ago the spot lamps haven't worked, the guy before didn't know how to turn them on so left them... thus never told me how to turn them on... but i have tried everything and every button and im sure they've just meant to come on automatically when the fog lights are turned on..

Any Idea's what could be wrong?

Any help would be great!
Thanks!
They look like the stock lights from Mini. They will only work if the high beam headlights are on. The switch sould be on the center stack or on the lower part of the dash by your left knee.
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The only way to be sure if they are wired up to the main beam, is to switch on the main beam then go and have a look round the front, if they are on then they work with the main beam.
If they are not on then they dont.
You can get fuses and relays at any motor shop or online might be even cheaper?
Yes they can be made to work independently, normally a relay controlled through the lighting circuit so you cant have them on without low beam headlights.

If theyre stock MINI lights that only come on with main beam then they are not fog lights but driving lights.
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found a PDF manual in case anyone else comes across this thread

motoringfile.com/files/R56_aux_lights.PDF[/url]

Gonna be checking through this at the weekend to make sure everything is all hooked up and good!
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