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    Thread: Turn signals not working.

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      01-13-2012 06:06 PM #1
      Switch seems to work fine, the light glows steady green. No ticking sound.

      I tore apart the tails, used lots of contact cleaner and all brand new bulbs. I even went as far as to replace all spade terminals. The parking and brake lights work fine; no reverse lights, but that's another issue.

      Would the relay cause this? I figured that'd just handle the flashing.

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      01-13-2012 06:08 PM #2
      I think this is leading back to another ground issue.. The turn signal system also grounds to the fusebox.. Hmm, I would also check your hazard switch, the 4 way switch in the dash. The turn signal power runs through it.

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      01-13-2012 06:17 PM #3
      Yeah, no hazards either. The switch doesn't even light up, but I wasn't sure if the relay could cause that too.

      I don't think it's a ground, my charging issue is resolved now.

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      01-13-2012 06:19 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by Schpamb View Post
      Yeah, no hazards either. The switch doesn't even light up, but I wasn't sure if the relay could cause that too.

      I don't think it's a ground, my charging issue is resolved now.
      check that switch, I dont think it can be tested.. may have to just swap it out.

      Your charging woes were fixed, but i still don't like that fact that there is no other ground wire on your battery negative than the one coming from the engine mount.

      If it is all relying on finding some small source of ground here or there instead of having a designated ground to the battery things wont function properly.

      You need to find if the fuse box ground is making its way back to the battery.

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      01-13-2012 06:23 PM #5
      The fuse box ground is attached to the bar under the dash, I noticed it earlier. I could run one from there to the battery.

      I guess I'll hunt down a switch.

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      01-13-2012 06:29 PM #6
      my brother is having the same issues..... ill be watching this post. good luck! ill post again if we get his figured out

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      01-13-2012 06:35 PM #7


      Here's a westy wiring diagram that helped me get mine to work. Notice the error at thelamp connection.
      the Left rear and Left front hould be connected together, and the right rear and right front too.

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      01-13-2012 06:46 PM #8
      All wiring is stock and looks solid.

      I will just start with the switch and go from there! If I'm lucky that will just be it.

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      01-14-2012 01:31 PM #9
      I bought a hazard switch (Which turns out it's for a Cabby, and doesn't sit inside the dash) and that did nothing.

      Hitting the switch turns the indicator light on, still no flash.

      Next is the relay.. Do the 3 prong relays from Advance and Autozone work? Mine is 4 prong but the only ones they show are 2 or 3.. Such as:

      http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/web...AMPAMS_____BBV

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      01-14-2012 01:42 PM #10
      I put one of these in my '82 Caddy when the flashers stopped working:
      - http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-b...2Fflashers.htm

      Works great and flashers the proper speed with LED bulbs.
      '82 diesel pickup, Missing LinkZ custom shift linkage, Quaiffe transaxle, Bilstein shocks F/R.

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      01-14-2012 02:29 PM #11
      I get no turns at all, not even a steady glow. The indicator light on the dash does glow steady green for both directions for turns and when the hazard switch is on. The hazard switch does not light up though. Could a bad relay cause that still?

      Also, how would I go about getting a replacement light for the hazard switch?

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      01-14-2012 03:51 PM #12
      when i got my gti, the turn signals would light up but not flash, same with the hazards, i replaced the relay, and they worked perfectly after that.

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      01-14-2012 03:56 PM #13
      Mine don't light up at all, though.

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      01-14-2012 04:37 PM #14
      The bulbs I used were 1156LL for all the rear sockets, minus the running lights. Those I left alone since they work fine. These are the bulbs they told me to get on Advance's website. The front bumper lights glow fine when the headlights are turned on.. Aren't those supposed to work as blinkers also?

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      01-14-2012 06:29 PM #15
      Could anyone give me a quick rundown of the relays and locations they go in on a 79? I can't find anything about it in my Haynes.

      I want to make sure they're all there and in the right places, it looks like someone was in there before.

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      01-14-2012 06:50 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Schpamb View Post
      Could anyone give me a quick rundown of the relays and locations they go in on a 79? I can't find anything about it in my Haynes.

      I want to make sure they're all there and in the right places, it looks like someone was in there before.
      Try this.


      OOps! upside down!

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      01-15-2012 06:10 PM #17
      Thanks guys!

      I replaced the relay and they now work fine!

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      01-15-2012 06:47 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Schpamb View Post
      Thanks guys!

      I replaced the relay and they now work fine!


      yep, thats what i did also

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      01-15-2012 08:41 PM #19
      im having the same issue. i got the led flashers for some blinkers that i made (motorcycle blinkers) i believe my relay crashed too. im guessing yours will crash again in a while. The fast rate of the blinking is caused because theyre led. and they burn out relays fast. superbright led sells led safe relays

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      01-15-2012 09:33 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by karcher View Post
      im having the same issue. i got the led flashers for some blinkers that i made (motorcycle blinkers) i believe my relay crashed too. im guessing yours will crash again in a while. The fast rate of the blinking is caused because theyre led. and they burn out relays fast. superbright led sells led safe relays


      who has led?
      if you switch to LED you require the LED flasher because the ampere to activate the flashing is super low compared to regular bulb

      the one i was referring to replacing was the factory flasher with stock bulbs
      replacing that with a spare i had fixed my odd flashing problem
      upgrading to LED with LED flasher had nothing to do with my orig problemo

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