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Fog lights The manual says to pull the headlight switch to detent. What the heck is Detent?I can't turn them on. The foglights are there I just can't get them to come on!

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A detent is a "stop". The manual is telling you to pull out the switch until it stops. The rear fog lamp on my VW Polo works the same way. It may help you to know that on my VW (1) although the headlamps will come on without the engine on, the fog lamp requires the engine to be running, (2) the headlamp switch must be in the "on" position before you can pull it out to the detent position.

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Switch or bulbs broken
Allthough they do tend to forget those 2 wires if the bumbers are changed...;)

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