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Peterkmiles, UK Car Mechanic
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VW Passat, petrol,2004. Right hand indicator flashing faster

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VW Passat, petrol,2004.
Right hand indicator flashing faster than normal indicating a defective bulb on right side of car.
Both front and rear bulbs replaced...still problem persists.
Problem occurs in both dry /wet weather.
Left indicator ok.
Drivers front headlamp cluster recently replaced.
Any ideas?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Peterkmiles replied 3 years ago.

My name is peter and I will try to help sort your problem.

You said the lamp cluster was replaced! For what what reason?

Have you checked the bulb for the side repeater it should be on the wing, in wet conditions the connector can get water in it causing a short circuit.

Let me know and we can look further into it.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Both front clusters replaced last year following M.O.T., reflectors deteriated.
Both side mirror indicators working fine.
Both rear indicators ok.
Only right front indicator flashes quicker than normal.
Bulb ok....socket clean and tarnish free.

Expert:  Peterkmiles replied 3 years ago.
I think I would start looking at the earthing points for the headlights, I expect this is a bad earth.

The earths for the front end looms are usually on the flitches which are the chassis/ legs/inner wings, remove the fixing, clean up the contact faces with emery paper and refit..

Let me know know how you get on.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I believe that what you call a flitch I call an earthing point.

Unable to verify the proper earthing attachment.

Will make appointment with local garage to sort out problem.


Expert:  Peterkmiles replied 3 years ago.
Ok, please let me know how you get along. Please can you accept this post so it can be closed down.

Rest assured you can revisit this anytime even after you have accepted it.

Best regards