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Flasher Position

PostPost by: William2 » Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:35 am

Can anyone tell me the correct mounting position for the indicator flasher unit on an S4 Elan?
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:29 am

On a LHD Vehicle it's hanging loose near the bottom LHS of the Dash by the Headlight switches... Might be mirrored on a RHD Vehicle?
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PostPost by: fasterbyelan » Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:57 pm

Attached is a photo showing the position of the flasher relays on a RHD car. They would normally be tucked up behind the dash/trim. Hope this helps
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:15 pm

Yes, that is exactly mirrored.

Strange that they aren't attached to anything. Can't be great for rattles & sqeaks & would have saved some wire... (add lightness.)
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PostPost by: William2 » Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:28 pm

Thanks for your help. It does seem a bit odd that they are not screwed to the rear of the dash, assuming there is enough room! I see the photo shows 2 flashers, is the other one for the headlamp flashing?
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PostPost by: Keith Scarfe » Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:38 pm

Mine is attached to the steering column mounting stud under there. In that picture above you can see the mounting tab with a drilled hole, this slips over the stud of the mounting 'U' type clamp of the upper column and then another nut screwed onto hold it . I don't know if this is original but it was defo like this when I got the car back in the 80's.

Oh just realised this question is about an S4, mine is an S3.
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PostPost by: fasterbyelan » Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:38 pm

William2 wrote:Thanks for your help. It does seem a bit odd that they are not screwed to the rear of the dash, assuming there is enough room! I see the photo shows 2 flashers, is the other one for the headlamp flashing?



Ref. the second relay, I don't have a circuit diagram to hand but since nothing else flashes on the car it must be for the Headlights (unless the Hazard Warning relay is different to the Indicator one).
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PostPost by: fasterbyelan » Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:49 pm

fasterbyelan wrote:
William2 wrote:Thanks for your help. It does seem a bit odd that they are not screwed to the rear of the dash, assuming there is enough room! I see the photo shows 2 flashers, is the other one for the headlamp flashing?



Ref. the second relay, I don't have a circuit diagram to hand but since nothing else flashes on the car it must be for the Headlights (unless the Hazard Warning relay is different to the Indicator one).


My thoughts regarding the Hazard Warning Relay were correct. I have just checked some photos of my engine bay and there is a flasher relay there are well, this will be for the Headlights (see below). The second flasher relay shown above is for the Hazard Warning Indicators. This was not fitted when I bought the car but with all the wiring and switch already in place, it was quite an easy mod to add.
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:03 pm

Even the manual does not specify if it is attached.
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