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Old 03-09-2010, 12:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I failed inspection today for what he said was the 3 bulbs on the left front. Turn signal, parking light, side marker. I knew I had a problem but actually I totally forgot about it before I took it in.
Here's what's happening. The turn signal does not work at all. The parking lot will blink instead, which from what I understand, it's supposed to do when a bulb is burned out but that's really beside the point for the time being. I have power at the harness side of the plug for the front lamp assembly. Power that switches back and forth which I assume is the turn signal going on and off. Once I plug the socket back into the lamp assembly, I also have power at the socket for the turn signal, also switching back and forth between high and low or no voltage. I even had a spare turn signal assembly from the other Samurai that I switched out and the same thing happens and I have replaced all three bulbs up front on the left turn/park assembly and side marker. I have tried about 5 different bulbs in the t/s socket before I went a purchased a brand new bulb, just in case. I didn't know if the rear turn signal could affect this so I pulled that bulb but the filament wasn't broken so I checked that off my list.
Anyone have any clue what is going on with this? Or where I should look next? FYI, the side marker and parking lamp work fine. The parking lamp does do the blinking as a turn signal when I put my park/headlights on--the fast blink like a bulb is burned out but a slow blink if the lights aren't turned on at all.
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Things to check:
-corroded connections (front and back)
-corroded/loose ground wires (front and back)
-Flasher relay
-fuses
-pinched wires in harness (front and back)
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Son of a gun! I put a wire brush on my drill and took it down to bare metal where the lamp is screwed into ground. I did the same for the rings on the end of wires. I couldn't believe my eyes. It works! What's weird is it used to work fine, but I guess when I unscrewed the bolt that grounds everything to replace the lamp assembly (someone had put a right on the left side and it was bugging me that the lens looked upside down compared to the right side). Anyway, maybe I broke the nice little seal it had for years and it was too corroded to get a good ground when I screwed it back in.
Billjohn, thanks so much!
Next question--I have all the bolts and the two nuts out of my leaky oil pan. The front of the pan is free, but the back almost looks like it's tucked under a lip of the transmission (?). Is there a trick to getting this out so I don't bend it somehow doing it the wrong way?
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Next question--I have all the bolts and the two nuts out of my leaky oil pan. The front of the pan is free, but the back almost looks like it's tucked under a lip of the transmission (?). Is there a trick to getting this out so I don't bend it somehow doing it the wrong way?
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The pan sits up against the splash guard for the trans. Remove the two 10mm bolts to drop that splash guard and it should move around a little easier.
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Billjohn, you're two for two. But I'm done for the night. I have the pan off and found that the oil pickup is attached with an allen screw for which I do not have a set of those to put on a ratchet. So the mechanic neighbor will bring his home from work tomorrow.
I'm so glad to have help so available when needed.
Thanks again!
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