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Erm, my indicators don't work on the passengers side.

Discussion in 'Motors' started by slothmeister, May 26, 2009.

  1. slothmeister

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 21, 2006

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    Location: Southampton, UK

    Hi guys, whilst driving home last night all of my indicators on the left hand side of my car decided to stop working all together, cue lots of flashing from other drivers!

    So what causes this, anything i can do to fix it or is it a garage job.

    Car is a 98 plate fiesta si mk4.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Gaygle

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 7, 2004

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    Location: East of England

    Sounds like a simple fuse?
     
  3. slothmeister

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Southampton, UK

    Do both left and right indicators have separate fuses then, bear with me i am a complete noob when it comes to cars!
     
  4. Confused

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

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    Do they work when you put the hazards on? This will narrow it down to a wiring fault, a switch fault or maybe even a flasher unit fault, as the hazards typically use their own feed circuit, bypassing the standard flasher unit and switch on the column.
     
  5. slothmeister

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Southampton, UK

    nope they didn't come on when i put the hazards on either, however i have just gone out and changed the fuse and they seem to be working now?!?
     
  6. Finglonga

    Wise Guy

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    I know they are working now but yes they do have a separate fuse foe each side.
     
  7. MagicBoy

    Capodecina

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    Probably the relay.
     
  8. Dogbreath

    Capodecina

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    Location: Devon

    1) The OP already got it working by changing the fuses.
    2) The same relay/flasher unit is used for both LH and RH indicators. Often, but not always the hazards use a separate flasher unit.
     
  9. slothmeister

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Southampton, UK

    Right then, an update.....

    It's stopped working again, so doesn't look like it was the fuse, think it was just a coincidence, so what's the next step. There is only the one fuse to replace for both indicators.
     
  10. Confused

    Sgarrista

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    Has the new fuse you put in blown as well?
     
  11. slothmeister

    Wise Guy

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    doesn't appear to have done, plus the fact that the fuse controls both indicators and the right ones are still working
     
  12. Finglonga

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 20, 2008

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    Location: Stafford

    There should be separate fuses for left and right sides not the same one for both sides(well they are on my 2000 Festa).

    I would check the bulb holders for corrosion/shorts or bad earth then check the fuse again and replace if necessary.
     


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