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Damned indicators!

PostPost by: TimButDim » Mon Mar 23, 2009 2:39 pm

Hello all,

My indicators don't work at all and I need to sort it out. The hazards work fine, so I know it's not the bulbs or the wiring to them. I've also checked the fuses and everything seems fine there.

I was wondering if anyone had any bright ideas before I have to get too technical with a multi-meter (which I'll have to borrow!). Do the indicator switches on the steering column ever completely go?

Ta!

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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Mon Mar 23, 2009 3:53 pm

Tim

Looks like the power feed to the indicator stalk is missing...

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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:31 pm

Or the flasher unit is kapput...or loose connections to the unit.

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PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:48 pm

Odd, I sent off an answer about 20 mins ago & it's been swallowed up in the ether :?

So here goes again.
My answer:-
Yes,the switches a pretty primitive & can cause problems.
I've had a similar problem to yours but it was a breakdown in the wiring that is soldered into the switch.
The wires there are fairly heavy duty & due to the design move with the switch when it is actuated.
This, can in time, cause a fracture or "dry joint" in one or more of those wires; especially in the region where the solder is in the wire.
I rescued my switch by soldering in new thinner more flexible wires.
These wires carry the small current OK because they only actuate the relay.
Resolved my car's problem, hpefully for the next 30 years or so.
Maybe the "Sparks" on here will have reservations about my thinner wire solution :?

P.S. Luv yer name is it patented :lol:

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PostPost by: TimButDim » Mon Mar 23, 2009 5:27 pm

Thanks for all the suggestions!

At least I've got a few things to check now before head-scratching wears a whole in my head!


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