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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-02-2009, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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Question Front Turn Signal/Running Light Problem

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Both front turn signals and the right front 'running' light work but the left front running light is out. Could this be the bulb? The manual says to push in and turn the bulb counter-clockwise. I removed the lens but have trouble getting a good grip on the bulb. I noticed a white powdery substance coating the inside of the housing.

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The bulb can be a real bear to take out or replace because of the 90* angle you have to push and turn at, but it can be done. The white powder sounds like the effects of corrosion. You could have one contact point not making a connection, or one filament burned out. When you get the bulb out, clean out the bulb socket well with a brush and some electronic spray cleaner. ( I read on a post about cleaning the ignition switch, to be sure to use "electronic" cleaner, not "electrical" cleaner, as the electrical cleaner has an adverse affect on plastic). You should be able to see if one filament is broken just by looking at it. Remember the dielectric grease on the base when the new bulb goes in.

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With all due respect to your question--this is exactly why I did away completely with the factory turn signal stalks. They will leak around the plastic lense, & then corrode from the inside. The resulting moisture and/or corrosion adversely affects the performance of the bulbs. These stalks also sag, with time.

I replaced all four of these with zero-maintenance, much longer-lasting amber LED strips, and also (of course) a digital flasher......

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The bulb can be a real bear to take out or replace because of the 90* angle you have to push and turn at, but it can be done. The white powder sounds like the effects of corrosion. You could have one contact point not making a connection, or one filament burned out. When you get the bulb out, clean out the bulb socket well with a brush and some electronic spray cleaner. ( I read on a post about cleaning the ignition switch, to be sure to use "electronic" cleaner, not "electrical" cleaner, as the electrical cleaner has an adverse affect on plastic). You should be able to see if one filament is broken just by looking at it. Remember the dielectric grease on the base when the new bulb goes in.
OHC and Hawk --

I have some electronic cleaner on hand and will work on this tonight using your tips. I might look into replacing the turn signals later on.

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OHC and Hawk --

I have some electronic cleaner on hand and will work on this tonight using your tips. I might look into replacing the turn signals later on.

Many Thanx for you help!
Hey Guys --

Your advice was on the mark! See pics attached. I sprayed the left front blinker (running light did not work) with Color TV Tuner Cleaner from Radio Shack and it fixed the problem. However, it is so badly corroded I cound not get the bulb to come out. On the contrary the right blinker is in pristine condition and poped out very easily!

Would it help to spray the bad blinker with WD-40 to dislodge it? How about PB Blaster? Would that hurt the plastic?

Thanx agin fer yer hep Vulcan pardners!

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Just spray a tiny amount of either lubricant on the area of the bulb base, wipe away excess drippings and gently & slowly rock the bulb back and forth and twist it CW and CCW. Repeat as needed. It should come loose fairly soon. Heck, you probably could use the TV tuner cleaner instead of the lubricant for that matter, but the lube would work better.

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Just spray a tiny amount of either lubricant on the area of the bulb base, wipe away excess drippings and gently & slowly rock the bulb back and forth and twist it CW and CCW. Repeat as needed. It should come loose fairly soon. Heck, you probably could use the TV tuner cleaner instead of the lubricant for that matter, but the lube would work better.
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Hey RR --

Thanx for your response! I was a bit hesitant to use the PB Blaster but a small amount right on the base should work.

Yeah, I'm finally learning how to use the camera for close-ups.

Thanx, Dude!

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