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MFK query, one failed LED in light unit

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I noticed the other day that one LED out of 12 or so for one of the 4 led tail light circle clusters at the rear of my car has failed. It's totally immaterial to visibility of the car, but is this an MFK failure point? I have a test due in December.

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Old 20.10.2020, 17:50
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I noticed the other day that one LED out of 12 or so for one of the 4 led tail light circle clusters at the rear of my car has failed. It's totally immaterial to visibility of the car, but is this an MFK failure point?
No. But they might tell you to get it fixed ASAP.
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Hi,

I noticed the other day that one LED out of 12 or so for one of the 4 led tail light circle clusters at the rear of my car has failed. It's totally immaterial to visibility of the car, but is this an MFK failure point?
Yes. Regardless of whether there are sufficient to give the required overall brightness, a light not working is a failure.

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I have a test due in December.
Due, as in you have the appointment date already? Or do you just mean that you expect one? There's no fixed expiry, so unless you have been invited to a test, it's not _due_. Even if you do already have a date, you can postpone it up to three times, so you have ample time to get the light fixed,
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No. But they might tell you to get it fixed ASAP.
Well, you're usually right on these things, but we had a failure where two out of a string of brake-light LEDs were not working on my wife's Audi. There were some other more major points as well, so it wasn't just that, but they listed it as needing replacement, rather than just an advisory.
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Well, you're usually right on these things, but we had a failure where two out of a string of brake-light LEDs were not working on my wife's Audi.
I define a MFK fail as one where you have to go back for a 2nd inspection.

I had an issue where I could not switch off the high beam anymore. Only by pulling the fuse helped. Which resulted in a total loss of any headlight. This happened at the very moment I drove of from home to the MFK. Nice. No it was not a Fiat.

I informed them right away about the problem and also said that the next stop after the MFK will be the garage to get it fixed. Passed. I think the issue wasn't even mentioned on the report.

Be aware that they can pull up old reports. It is not a good idea to show up with the very same issue twice in a row. Happened with a poor girl and her Vespa. They told her the tires are too old and should have been replaced already after the last MFK.
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Re: MFK query, one failed LED in light unit

For such a small thing you generally don't get a fail, you are instructed to get it fixed asap with no need to come back for a second MFK. If you do not effect the repair and get stopped by the police for any reason, if they notice you haven't had the repairs done you get some sort of fine (not sure how much).


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Re: MFK query, one failed LED in light unit

In St.Gallen they have a list of garages to chose from to get minor stuff done, or confirm the repair done by you, that isn't severe enough to result in a fail. I had to get three or so things done, not sure if that applies to very minor things, like replacing wiper blades, too. Comes with a small surcharge by the garage as it involves some paperwork they need to send to the Strassenverkehrsamt to get you off the hook.
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Re: MFK query, one failed LED in light unit

I had a brake light fail on the way to an MFK - I know because I did a check before I set out.

I found out because the police stopped me

I told him that I was on my way to the MFK and he thought it was hilarious; all he did was tell me to get it fixed, since the rest of the car was obviously in good nick.

At the MFK I told him about the brake light straight away, and about the traffic stop. He also thought it was hilarious and also just told me to get it fixed, no fail just a note at the bottom "fix brake light".

ps this was back in the day when it was a real bulb, 2 CHF and ten minutes effort.
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Re: MFK query, one failed LED in light unit

No but yes?


I suppose the question the OP is asking is "Do I need to get this repaired?"
My own personal view would be a straight "no" - 1 out of 12 LEDs not lighting in a unit is different to say 1 out of 2 bulbs not working in a unit and even then it still might not be a hard fail.
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