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Old 09-03-2011, 10:14 AM   #1
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Cant get my left turn signal to blink, please help

So this is really starting to annoy me and I need yall's help. Here is what I have done 1) changed the bulb 2) replaced the fuse and then neither worked so i put the old fuse back in. I have noticed that the right tail light bulb is brighter than the left. Also When I turn the left turn signal on it just stays on and doesn't blink. So what gives? Any help is better than no help. Thanks everyone

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Old 09-03-2011, 10:20 AM   #2
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did you change the front and rear bulbs?....and have you checked the round flasher relay in the fuse box under the dash? and double check all bulb contacts...sometimes they'll corrode up and cause the problem you describe....

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Old 09-03-2011, 10:23 AM   #3
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did you change the front and rear bulbs?....and have you checked the round flasher relay in the fuse box under the dash? and double check all bulb contacts...sometimes they'll corrode up and cause the problem you describe....
Nope just the rear bulb, and I changed the blinker fuse but then neither of them worked, so I stuck the old one back in. And the bulb works so the contacts are fine I would assume, but we all know what assuming does!
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check you front bulb....and check the light assembly ground connection....also, and now i'm assuming (lol) that it's only your rear turn signal not working?....is the front flashing or is the whole side not working?
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check you front bulb....and check the light assembly ground connection....also, and now i'm assuming (lol) that it's only your rear turn signal not working?....is the front flashing or is the whole side not working?
So I walked outside real quick and checked the front bulb and it does work, but wont blink either. Everything works, it just wont blink. So other than checking the ground wire (which one, front or rear, or both?) anything else? I have a dash bulb out over the speedometer, would that effect any of this?
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Old 09-03-2011, 11:14 AM   #6
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anyone got anymore suggestions? Can the blinker fuse only go half bad? Im thinking fuse or short to ground cause everything works, IT JUST WONT BLINK and its pissing me off
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Old 09-03-2011, 12:45 PM   #7
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Do the hazzards work? I realise you checked the fuse but never said anything about the flasher unit on the back side of the fuse block. I would try replacing the flasher unit before you start taking stuff apart, think they are like 10 at the parts store.
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Old 09-03-2011, 01:36 PM   #8
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Do the hazzards work? I realise you checked the fuse but never said anything about the flasher unit on the back side of the fuse block. I would try replacing the flasher unit before you start taking stuff apart, think they are like 10 at the parts store.
I went to go check the hazards and yes the do work and both sides blink. So just to clarify, when I turn on the left blinker, the light just stays on and no blink. But now since I played with the hazards, the right turn signal works but wont blink on the dash, any suggestions. God help the little gremlins that live in my jeep
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Old 09-03-2011, 01:53 PM   #9
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I'd go get a new flasher. I think they are only $5.99. Even if it doesn't fix it, it is one less thing that you will have to troublshoot. It seems like it may fix it since your symptoms changed after you turned the flashers on. Good Luck. Electrical gremlins suck.
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I went to go check the hazards and yes the do work and both sides blink. So just to clarify, when I turn on the left blinker, the light just stays on and no blink. But now since I played with the hazards, the right turn signal works but wont blink on the dash, any suggestions. God help the little gremlins that live in my jeep
I just had something similar: with headlights off - it goes solid (no blink) with headlights on - solid even when not using the turn signal. When use the turn signal with headlights on only the rear one goes on but solid again. I had to replace the front grill mounted turn bulb (double spiral one) and made sure the contacts are clean.

So, check what's happening with your headlights on and if the blinker goes solid with headlights on and turn switch off, try to either replace the front bulb or switch it with the other side to see if the problem travels over with the bulb. Although it sounds as a possibility, I bet its the bulb not the blinker. Sorry if its too confusing Good luck
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I just had something similar: with headlights off - it goes solid (no blink) with headlights on - solid even when not using the turn signal. When use the turn signal with headlights on only the rear one goes on but solid again. I had to replace the front grill mounted turn bulb (double spiral one) and made sure the contacts are clean.

So, check what's happening with your headlights on and if the blinker goes solid with headlights on and turn switch off, try to either replace the front bulb or switch it with the other side to see if the problem travels over with the bulb. Although it sounds as a possibility, I bet its the bulb not the blinker. Sorry if its too confusing Good luck
Well my problem doesn't have anything to do with my head light, but im gonna pull the flasher canister again and replace it. Does anyone know how to check this with a meter and what are the required readings? Gonna open up the front bulb assembly and check that too. Guess we will find out. anybody got anything else?
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no, not the headlight. I mentioned headlight only to ease up on the explanation of what's happening. It was the corner lights that were messed up. head lights have nothing to do with it. you're right.
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no, not the headlight. I mentioned headlight only to ease up on the explanation of what's happening. It was the corner lights that were messed up. head lights have nothing to do with it. you're right.
Well i pulled apart the front bulb assembly and look what I found. I pretty well covered in grease and im not sure if the inside is covered in grease or what the hell this stuff is. Sorry its a little blurry, tell me what you think is going on?
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I'd make sure the contacts where you stick the bulb are clean and try a different bulb or just try it on another side to make sure it works. I doubt there is anything wrong with the wiring inside the. Normally contacts are the one screwing things up
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BTW, do all 6 of the lights work if you turn on the hazard lights?
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That is normal, they used to put that stuff in there to help cool and isolate the circuits. nowadays we use Dielectric grease....
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aight so now it blinks!!!! I took the front bulb out and cleaned the terminals on the bulb and the holder. Then took the rear out and checked and replaced. I have a bad feeling that when I put the replacement bulb in the rear, I might have installed it wrong. The bulbs have to posts on them and one is higher on the base of the bulb than the other. You can install the bulb but only one post will seat correctly. I noticed this when after I pulled the bulb and tried to replace it. So thanks to everyone for our help
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I see your getting A lot of good help here.if I can add My "two cents" A bad ground can make all kinds of Gremlins. like lights bleeding across from one side to the other, or lights not being as bright as others, or work at all. might try using A test light or some wire to make A temp ground to see if that's your Gremlin.
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I see your getting A lot of good help here.if I can add My "two cents" A bad ground can make all kinds of Gremlins. like lights bleeding across from one side to the other, or lights not being as bright as others, or work at all. might try using A test light or some wire to make A temp ground to see if that's your Gremlin.
You are very right! But its fixed now so no worries
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You are very right! But its fixed now so no worries
I am glad you got it cheep, simple fix you got like that.

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