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Old 11-14-2012, 06:25 PM   #1
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Turn Signal Issues

Driver's side turn signal would not work (dash light on) until i signled left. It would then fast blink 3 or 4 times before it went back to its normal blink pattern. Finally yesterday it quit working.

I replaced driver bulb and all was normal until today when I went to replace the passenger side bulb. Since I put the new bulb in now neither the drivers or passenger bulb is working and both dash lights are on.

Is it possible a loose connection on the passenger side would keep the driver side from working?
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:35 PM   #2
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Rear or front?
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:40 PM   #3
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check for corrosion. pull the metallic part up so it gets better contact with the bulb.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:44 PM   #4
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Search tail light ground wire and also check that the bulbs are tight in the front sockets.

There is a round plastic disc in the front sockets that keep the bulb tight against the bottom terminals.

This disc snaps in a groove in the bulb socket. The disc pops out of the grove, then the bulb is loose in the socket and will not make proper contact to the terminals in the base of the socket.

Use you pinky or a socket to re-seat the disc in the groove, then use some plastic glue around the edge of the disc to glue it in place, once cured you will never have a problem again with the disc popping out of the groove.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:49 PM   #5
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Search tail light ground wire and also check that the bulbs are tight in the front sockets.

There is a round plastic disc in the front sockets that keep the bulb tight against the bottom terminals.

This disc snaps in a groove in the bulb socket. The disc pops out of the grove, then the bulb is loose in the socket and will not make proper contact to the terminals in the base of the socket.

Use you pinky or a socket to re-seat the disc in the groove, then use some plastic glue around the edge of the disc to glue it in place, once cured you will never have a problem again with the disc popping out of the groove.
I do think the passenger side bulb is loose. Before messing with it or buying a replacement socket I was wondering if that would cause both lights to go out.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:39 PM   #6
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Pull both front sockets, if the bulb shakes in the socket, and has no pressure back toward the opening, the disc has popped forward.

You can usually snap the disc back in the groove, but it WILL NOT stay.

You need to put some plastic glue around the edge of the ring to make sure the disc does not pop forward again.
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