December 4, 2017

Turn Signal Issues for your Vehicle

You will want to make sure that you have your vehicle maintained on a regular basis. By doing so, you will help ensure the parts and components working properly with one another. Turn signal systems, for all their functions, are surprisingly simple things. If you notice an issue with the lights, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. The importance of the lights and signal are so that other drivers can see you, and where you are at. The headlights also help you to see the road ahead of you and any people, animals, or objects that might be there. If the headlights are dull they may need to be cleaned or replaced. Make sure that you bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the lights for you. Also be aware of any issues your signals might have. If your turn signal flashes too fast or too slow, it’s a problem with the heat rate transfer through the flasher strip. Most often, if all four turn signals are going too fast or too slow, it means the flasher is bad. If only the signals on one side do it, it may be one of the bulbs. The bulbs determine how much power goes through the flasher, and thus how quickly it heats up. Many well-intended persons have substituted a heavy-duty, high-wattage bulb or powerful aftermarket bulb, only to find the signals on that side flicker on and off rapidly. The more powerful bulbs are drawing more amperage, causing the flasher strip to heat up and cycle faster. Turn signals that do not work in one direction or the other may be due to a faulty switch, particularly if the non-working side starts functioning when you use engage the hazard lights. This is also a good point to check your parking lights, which usually utilize the turn signal bulbs. If the parking lights and hazards come on, but that side does not illuminate when you hit the switch, then it is a circuit problem. If you do notice an issue, make sure to contact us so your vehicle can be inspected.