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Old 01-20-2005, 09:16 PM
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Red face left tail light flashing too fast

We are experiencing a problem with the left hand turn signal flashing too fast we have tried a different assy and tried to troubleshoot the wiring the right signal works fine the charge light is on and killing the battery please help I realize this is a fifteen + year old car, however this car has saved our you know what countless of times, unfortunately we have fallen on inconvenient times and need info, we have a 97 Malibu and have gone through alot og problems with it (lets not go into it LOL) TIA Patricia

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Have you replaced the flasher? Do both the front and rear bulbs flash? If not you have a bad bulb. If so check your flasher
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Often times a bad bulb (somewhere) will cause faster flashing -- check all your bulbs.

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flasher

Some vehicles have double element flashers which will cause one signal to flash faster than the other. Replace flasher.
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My guess is it is a bad bulb also. The flasher is designed to operate on a known load. Often times a bulbs dual element will break and come in contact with the other element, increasing the resistance load on the flasher which makes it flash faster. Check your bulbs, do not accept that they are flashing that they are good. Look closely at the filaments.

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Talking flashing tail light

Thanks all will try that looking at the book I believe the flasher is in the left kick panel fuse panel I think again thank you
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Some vehicles also use a seperate ground at each plug,If the bulb does not correct the problem I would suggest that as the culprit.
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Flasher speed is a function of how much current is flowing through them. The more the current the faster it flashes so the left turn circuit is drawing significantly more current than the right. Since you didn't use punctuation in your post I can't really tell what you were saying but it looks like you said that the battery is running down also. If that is the case, both of those items are consistent with a short to ground in circuit to your wiring to the left rear turn signal. If the light is still lighting up, I doubt it is a bulb problem. Could be a short in the turn signal switch or the wiring to the light.
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