the blinker relays do die, they are a mechanical device and have a finite life, its got to be getting towards 20-25 years oldThey still work, just slow. So I would check the connections, make sure tight and clean. Check grounds. Check what the battery voltage is and if the charging system is putting out the correct voltage.
Manufacturers safety specs mandated that a blown lamp shall cause a fast flash, post about 1990. Most countries adopted this around this date as well.
If its an ancient bi metallic unit then a blown lamp will cause a slow flash, but as far as I know, these units had the "internally compensated" version that went fast if a lamp blew.
nahh, you can't lose whats already missingSure, apology accepted.
To think you were saying I'd lost my memory due to age.
Hmmm....I’m no expert obviously, but if the thermal switch takes longer to heat, why does the circuit go faster, ie, the signal go on and off more quickly???Sorry, Your theory is in error,... When a bulb is missing the current flow is reduced, not elevated, so the thermal switch will take longer to heat...
Best to replace the old tech flasher with and electronic flasher (does not require load to flash)...
thats the function of the "compensator" part of the relay, to detect when there is insufficient wattage applied to load the circuit correctly. non-compensated units will flash slower.Hmmm....I’m no expert obviously, but if the thermal switch takes longer to heat, why does the circuit go faster, ie, the signal go on and off more quickly???
I'm not that much younger than you Don....... Try getting 6V semaphore indicators to work with "normal" indicator lamps, I have!!Another consideration, when changing from regular bulbs to LED's, It's necessary to change to a LED flasher-
Or, add resistors to increase the resistance otherwise you will suffer the dreaded fast flashing.
The situation I described with a bad front and a rear bulb causing slow flashing was on a much older vehicle. In fact it might have been on my 59 Hillman Minx.
That throws positive ground into the picture though it didn't make the circuit work any differently than a negative ground.
That would be about 3 to 4 times older than 2013GV. :lol:
It could have been any number of old car's and trucks, my 62 Ford pickup would be the next most likely.
How's that for clarification.