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Scarlet Begonia 06-21-2012 10:55 AM

Weird thing with the turn signal
 
This just started today. My left turn signal goes double-time whenever I turn it on - even that little 3 blink thing it would normally do is 6 blinks. The right side is still normal. I have a 2012 with less than 2200 miles on it. Could it be the TIPM thing I read about on other threads? Nothing else (knock wood) seems to be going wonky. The hazard lights are normal, nothin strange with anything else, and it continued even after I had stopped for gas (I was thinking turning the motor off, then on again would reset it somehow).

Naturally, we're headed out of town, so rushing over to the dealer isn't an option today. Any suggestions?

Daniel_M 06-21-2012 10:58 AM

Bulb or fuse may be out for that side.

-Dan

brianbrooke21 06-21-2012 11:00 AM

Not sure what you're referring to with the blinking, but typically when the flashing speeds up it means the light burned out. Try putting on the signal and get outside to see if it works. Shouldn't have burned out though so soon.

pkmcd99 06-21-2012 11:01 AM

Usually the faster blink indicate a bulb out on one side, either parking or blink filament in front or both and tail or blink/stop filament in rear. Each bulb is dual purpose with two filaments. Check the side thats blinking fastest and check both its functions.

spankinkopita 06-21-2012 11:04 AM

Faster has classically meant a front bulb is out, solid means a rear. Been the rule since maybe the seventies, but one of those secret ones like the ignition turns to check engine codes

Scarlet Begonia 06-21-2012 11:09 AM

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Originally Posted by spankinkopita (Post 2498186)
Faster has classically meant a front bulb is out, solid means a rear. Been the rule since maybe the seventies, but one of those secret ones like the ignition turns to check engine codes

I've always remembered the solid light meaning a bulb is out, not faster blinking. Good to know (aaaand now I feel like a dummy :facepalm:).

Scarlet Begonia 06-21-2012 11:15 AM

Ok, so I checked and it is the rear light. At less than 2200 miles, should I replace the light or check the fuse first? Neither should be a problem this early, right? Ugh! As if I don't have enough to do today....

Scarlet Begonia 06-21-2012 11:19 AM

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Originally Posted by pkmcd99 (Post 2498175)
Usually the faster blink indicate a bulb out on one side, either parking or blink filament in front or both and tail or blink/stop filament in rear. Each bulb is dual purpose with two filaments. Check the side thats blinking fastest and check both its functions.

The parking light works fine. It's the turn signal that doesn't. :banghead:

panthermark 06-21-2012 11:22 AM

Low blinker fluid?

enjerhoo 06-21-2012 11:29 AM

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Originally Posted by panthermark (Post 2498270)
Low blinker fluid?

Haven't heard that one since High Schoool shop.

Might as well check the muffler bearings too :rofl:

spankinkopita 06-21-2012 11:34 AM

The one function can work without the other when one filament is bad. Swap the bulb and see if the problem migrates, if it does get a new bulb and always replace in pairs

Worst case scenario, your pcim is going bad, they removed the flasher can and now the vehicle pc regulates blinking. It could be a sign of bad things, but well under the 35k when Jeep says now pay up

2012-Rubicon 06-21-2012 11:43 AM

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Originally Posted by panthermark
Low blinker fluid?

I usually have to drain out excess blinker fluid in mine.....

Scarlet Begonia 06-21-2012 12:10 PM

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Originally Posted by panthermark (Post 2498270)
Low blinker fluid?

Yeah, I'll get right on that. :nonono:

Quote:

Originally Posted by spankinkopita (Post 2498318)

Worst case scenario, your pcim is going bad, they removed the flasher can and now the vehicle pc regulates blinking. It could be a sign of bad things, but well under the 35k when Jeep says now pay up

I have no idea what you just said.

pkmcd99 06-21-2012 12:48 PM

Blinker fluid is classic, but muffler bearings are on a viper : P

Tater Todd 06-21-2012 01:13 PM

Low blinker fluid...... love it. Been a bit quieter lately.

enjerhoo 06-21-2012 02:49 PM

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Originally Posted by pkmcd99 (Post 2498599)
Blinker fluid is classic, but muffler bearings are on a viper : P

OK but if I had a Viper I would sell it, pay off my JK (keep it), buy an old Willys & put a blower on it just so people would look and say WTF.

V-10's are cool in concept, so are the V-12's on the old Duesenberg's but I still would not want one unless I were Jay Leno

tstdmy 06-21-2012 03:27 PM

It could be a sign of bad stuff but it call also be a sign that it was just a crap bulb. Just remember, just cuz it's new doesnt mean it cant brake/ blow. CHange it and forget it unless you start blowing more bulbs.

kik 06-21-2012 03:33 PM

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Originally Posted by tstdmy (Post 2499138)
It could be a sign of bad stuff but it call also be a sign that it was just a crap bulb. Just remember, just cuz it's new doesnt mean it cant brake/ blow. CHange it and forget it unless you start blowing more bulbs.

I agree. You might just have a bulb that wasn't manufactured properly and it went out. Just like with any other individual part that might be defective, that doesn't mean there's another problem. Replace the bulb and see if it happens again like was said.

spankinkopita 06-21-2012 06:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Scarlet Begonia


I have no idea what you just said.

Ignore me and change the bulb. i am the eternal pessimist

At least you don't hear the skipping that I do, drives me mad

Briarsdad 06-22-2012 12:59 PM

My 07 does that once in a while. I can't figure it out and I just deal with it when it happens. All my bulbs are good and it only does it occasionally. When it won't turn off I turn on th eright turn signal and then click it off and it usually works.

CA3 06-22-2012 06:47 PM

Mine will occasionaly just skip a beat right around blink number 7 or 8 while I'm sitting in the turn lane waiting for the light to turn green.

Strange...

spankinkopita 06-22-2012 07:41 PM

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Originally Posted by CA3
Mine will occasionaly just skip a beat right around blink number 7 or 8 while I'm sitting in the turn lane waiting for the light to turn green.

Strange...

Like the track is skipping right. The sound is recorded since there is no flasher can. Would love to hack that to change the tone

LMH 06-22-2012 09:50 PM

mine does that too. But it has to be on for a while. It is very weird.

Yella 06-23-2012 12:46 AM

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Originally Posted by spankinkopita (Post 2498318)
The one function can work without the other when one filament is bad. Swap the bulb and see if the problem migrates, if it does get a new bulb and always replace in pairs

Why you say always replace in pairs? I've put a lot of miles on vehicles in the last 40 years and I've changed a few bad bulbs but I've never changed one that was working. I do always try keeping spare bulbs in the garage so I don't have to think about getting one. I always figured saying this might get you out of a ticket: "officer, I have spare bulbs hanging in my garage and I will change that out as soon as I get home." Haven't needed to try that trick yet.

Scarlet Begonia 06-23-2012 07:41 PM

Well, I checked the blinker fluid and yes, it was low :).

Actually, when I removed the light cover to change the bulb, I noticed the "old" bulb wasn't seated securely. I snapped it back in place and everything worked as it should. However, it kinda makes me wonder how many other things aren't seated properly...

prophet 06-23-2012 08:07 PM

I noticed a little puddle on the ground the other day...right under the light that went out. I wondered if it had a leak. :doh:

spankinkopita 06-23-2012 09:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Yella

Why you say always replace in pairs? I've put a lot of miles on vehicles in the last 40 years and I've changed a few bad bulbs but I've never changed one that was working. I do always try keeping spare bulbs in the garage so I don't have to think about getting one. I always figured saying this might get you out of a ticket: "officer, I have spare bulbs hanging in my garage and I will change that out as soon as I get home." Haven't needed to try that trick yet.

Law of averages, if one goes from wear the other was put in at the same time. Never been too lucky with the police so I avoid at all costs


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