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Old August 31st, 2016, 07:28 PM
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Turn signal wonky

Failed inspection today. No rear left turn signal. Thought was simple as rear bulb out but new one does not light either. Front left bulb lights fine. Left turn signal indicator flashes super fast. Right turn indicator flashes normal with both bulbs on. Hazard switch works fine. Only left rear bulb doesn't light. Any ideas?
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Old August 31st, 2016, 07:33 PM
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Check the contact at the base of the bulb. Needle nose pliers should help pull it out a bit.
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Old August 31st, 2016, 07:35 PM
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Check the connector for corrosion and replace the bulb socket since that is probably corroded. You can also bust out the volt meter and see if you have power and ground at the connector.
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Thanks guys. Would no contact with the bulb cause the turn signal indicator to flash faster than normal? Acts like there is a short in the wire somewhere.
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Old August 31st, 2016, 07:51 PM
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AFAIK, fast flashing only occurs when a signal bulb is blown, or otherwise disconnected.
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Okay. Thanks. Sounds like it should be an easy fix.
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Guys. I am baffled. Bulb socket has no corrosion. Very clean. All connectors look good. Checked with volt meter and has power. Yet bulb still won't light. Swapped in new bulb and still no light. What am I missing?
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Are you sure the bulb is making contact with the socket contacts?
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Use volt meter or circuit tester on the actual wire on the back of the plinth. Put on signal and see if the voltmeter shows action or the circut tester lights up/flashes

If it does not, you aren't getting voltage to the flasher circut or the ground is bad.

You will have to trace the line
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Old September 3rd, 2016, 09:59 PM
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Stab a simple electrical tester into the wire near the socket in question. If it lights up while the signal is on when you might just have a bad socket
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The volt meter flashes with the turn signal while touching the plinth. Pulled the socket out and made sure connection was solid.
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I am at the end of my rope. Need someone in CVille area to help. Anyone close by that can lend a hand?
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I am at the end of my rope. Need someone in CVille area to help. Anyone close by that can lend a hand?
Is CVille Centerville? If so and you can get to Arlington I can lend you a hand. I'd travel but knocking out some projects in the garage
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Is CVille Centerville? If so and you can get to Arlington I can lend you a hand. I'd travel but knocking out some projects in the garage
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The volt meter flashes with the turn signal while touching the plinth. Pulled the socket out and made sure connection was solid.
Those sockets are historically unreliable. I had this same problem many times. Was mostly a grounding/water infiltration. I ditched the bulbs and switched to LEDs. Installed them in my driveway myself and haven't had any issues since.
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