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drivers flasher problem... by fierogt28
Started on: 08-12-2013 02:05 PM
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About 1 week ago I discovered a little problem. My drivers flasher won't click like the passenger side in operation.
The drivers flasher light in the dash cluster will come on and stay on just like the front & rear signal lights.

The passenger side operates normal.

The front drivers side marker light won't flash either. All bulbs are good.

Does the fiero flasher fuse operate on 1 round fuse or 1 for each side?? (2 total)

I don't have my 88FSM with me so I can't look at the wiring diagrams or info on this.

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Report this Post08-12-2013 02:38 PM Click Here to See the Profile for DspoethClick Here to Email DspoethSend a Private Message to DspoethEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Read this page from the ogre's cave Sneak Path should give you a good start and finding where the problem is. I had the exact same problem as what you described but on a notchback. It ended up being a rear left socket not getting a good ground. Replaced the socket and fixed the problem.
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Another thing to do, is replace the flasher with an electronic
unit that flashes regardless of the lamp load on it.
They are also a little louder, and remind you to turn off the signal
so you don't drive 5 miles down the road with the left turn signal on...
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Report this Post08-12-2013 03:14 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fierogt28Click Here to Email fierogt28Send a Private Message to fierogt28Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Thanks for the lead...

My problem is only the turn signal (drivers side) The brake lights are fine, both sides.

I'll check the round flasher fuse on the drivers side. (didn't check that yet)

Yes, I just seen / found out that the is a flasher fuse for each side.

I'll crawl up under the front speedo cluster and check it. The passenger is already easily accessable.

Input is welcome.

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Originally posted by crashyoung:

Another thing to do, is replace the flasher with an electronic
unit that flashes regardless of the lamp load on it.
They are also a little louder, and remind you to turn off the signal
so you don't drive 5 miles down the road with the left turn signal on...


Are those the ones that are transparent?? (fuse)

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Report this Post08-12-2013 04:20 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fierogt28Click Here to Email fierogt28Send a Private Message to fierogt28Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Just checked 1 flasher fuse...bad.

Checked the continuity, and nothing.

Will buy a new one and will report my findings tonite.

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You have a bulb out or a ground out on the side that isn't flashing.
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Report this Post08-12-2013 05:43 PM Click Here to See the Profile for crashyoungClick Here to Email crashyoungSend a Private Message to crashyoungEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
If you mean the round, two terminal plastic can, those are the flasher.
One is a four way flasher, the other is the turn signals. They are also
interchangeable.
The NAPA heavy duty flasher is a dark transparent plastic. You can
see a circuit board and relay in that unit. If you install LED lamps in
the tail light and guide lights, the normal flasher stops working, but
the HD flasher keeps working.
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Report this Post08-12-2013 10:07 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fierogt28Click Here to Email fierogt28Send a Private Message to fierogt28Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Couldn't get to the auto part store tonite. I'll go tomorrow.

Both flashers look the same. (2 terminal, tin round piece)

What I noticed is the rear and front turn signal light stays on, but doesn't blink.

The passenger side you hear the flasher, but the drivers doesn't make the flasher noise.

If the lights come on, how can it be a bad ground?

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Report this Post08-13-2013 08:35 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fierogt28Click Here to Email fierogt28Send a Private Message to fierogt28Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Update...

I realized that the flasher under the passenger side dash is for the hazard lights. That didn't work
before, so that is repaired.

The flasher for the drivers side started working again after I install a new HD flasher for the hazard lights.
I found out that the blink noise (drivers) is alot more slower than the passenger side.
Tomorrow I will install a new HD flasher under the drivers dash.
I was told that the HD flasher can handle more load than the stock flasher.

BTW, does the fiero have one flasher for both sides?? (drivers and passenger blinkers?)
I thought that there was one for each side...
There is only 1 flasher under the drivers dash cluster. I would need confirmation of this.

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quote
Originally posted by phonedawgz:

You have a bulb out or a ground out on the side that isn't flashing.


Thanks for your info.

This is for all the drivers side...

The front signal light works.
The front marker light is weak.
The rear marker light is works.
The rear signal light works.
The rear brake light works.
The brake light works with the pedal applied.

For the front marker light, I don't understand why I'm getting a weak / dimmer light.
Once the turn signal stalk is applied for the drivers side, the front and rear signals don't flash,
just come on and stay on. (no blinking)

As of today, the driver's flasher works but very slow compared to the passenger side.

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2nd update,

Like phondawgs said...thanks.

My front drivers side turn signal light had a glitch. I took it apart and moved it around in the socket.

Then it worked. I put a new bulb in for fun. (its worked with the old bulb too) This socket
was replaced 3 years with a new one. Funny, I just played with it and got it working again.

I'll see how it works for a couple of days, then hopefully it stays that way.

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It is called corrosion.
Before you stop working on your lights,
put a dollop of Vaseline on the contacts.
The Vaseline will keep moisture away
from the metal contacts. The moisture
and oxygen is what causes the problem.

It is that gooey stuff in the socket when you
pull out an old light that has never been
changed before.

The HD flasher is nice because it continues
to work, even if there are problems with the
lights. Rather than let a flasher tell me I have
problems, I do a walk around with the lights
on in the morning, before I leave for work.
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