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Old 01-15-2020, 05:45 PM   #1
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Rear indicator out, fast flashing of red rear light.

Making a right turn this evening, the dashboard 'arrow' indicator light and repeater 'click' sound suddenly sped up to about double the normal speed. The 'overhead view diagram' of the car on the dash showed a bulb / light error, and when I was parked with the indicator stalk set to flash for a right turn, I saw that the orange bulb was dead, and the front and side orange lights were flashing faster than normal. What really puzzled me is that on the rear cluster with the dead orange bulb, the red rear light now flashed in time with the other orange bulbs. Is this a 'safety feature', so that a following driver still has a good idea that I'm turning right? And all will be good when the dead orange bulb is replaced? (He said in hope, rather than anticipation).

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Old Yesterday, 03:20 AM   #2
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Making a right turn this evening, the dashboard 'arrow' indicator light and repeater 'click' sound suddenly sped up to about double the normal speed. The 'overhead view diagram' of the car on the dash showed a bulb / light error, and when I was parked with the indicator stalk set to flash for a right turn, I saw that the orange bulb was dead, and the front and side orange lights were flashing faster than normal. What really puzzled me is that on the rear cluster with the dead orange bulb, the red rear light now flashed in time with the other orange bulbs. Is this a 'safety feature', so that a following driver still has a good idea that I'm turning right? And all will be good when the dead orange bulb is replaced? (He said in hope, rather than anticipation).
When the front park lamp bulb dies, then the respective side front indicator light stays on solid. Following this logic, I think the bold part of the quote is makes sense.

Replace your dead rear orange indicator bulb and confirm for us all that "all will be good when the dead orange bulb is replaced."
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Old Yesterday, 07:12 AM   #3
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Make sure you buy a bulb with silver-looking contacts and not brass contacts. Brass contacts will quickly corrode and the lighting control module (LKM) will cause the bulb out indicator to come on.
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When one turn light goes out, the remaining turn lights on the same side of the car blink fast.

Since you're having trouble withe the rear, specifically right rear, you need to unplug the vehicle wire from where it connects to the tail lamp housing. Pull the tape away and identify the BRN wire, then look inside of the connector to see what the pins look like. My guess is that you will find charred remains of a metal pin.

If I'm right, then you can find the ground trace on the lamp housing and connect a new BRN wire that is long enough to splice into the vehicle harness, be sure to leave a suitable service loop in the event that you need to unplug the connector again. There are 4 nuts that hold the tail lamp housing to the car, it might be easier to take the lamp housing off instead of screwing around with it while it is installed.
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Yes, it is a warning if a burned out bulb, or a corroded bulb contact, or a lower wattage bulb with much higher resistance filament.

The stock bulbs burned out too soon for me, and so I have been using lower wattage bulbs and none had burned yet after a few years, but sometime the DME wrongly detected it as burned out and flash faster with the dash status light on but then it gone after few seconds later once the DME found out the circuit was not open as a burned bulb.

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