Indicator Problem

Submitted: Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 17:13
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When towing our caravan, it take 2 or 3 times to get the indicators to work. This is very annoying and can be dangerous. Any ideas appreciated.
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Reply By: cookie1 - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 17:20

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 17:20
What make / models are we talking? Could be that you are exceeding the current capabilities so try changing your caravan lights to LED perhaps.
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Reply By: Member - eighty matey - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 17:22

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 17:22
Do you mean when you connect the plugs and have to fiddle with them?

If so, the plugs could be worn and need replacing.

Steve
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 17:30

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 17:30
My indicators are always intermittent.

Now they work.

Now they don't.

Now they work.

Now they don't....

I'm glad I ain't too scared to be lazy
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Follow Up By: Dust-Devil - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 19:53

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 19:53
I really want to laugh at this dude, however to do so will alert the 'Social Engineer Police' and have them swarming like a bunch of Blowies over a fresh Bovine Drop.

Therefore I'll put on my politically correct cap and verbally spank you for making fun of others situations.

Nah! can't do it cause I am still ROFLMAO .

DD
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 22:03

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 22:03
Yes, an oldie but a goodie.

I apologise to all for my lapse into pathetic school boy humour.

But I'm still chuckling....

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Reply By: GT Campers - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 17:58

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 17:58
We'll assume the tow car's lights work OK when the caravan is not in use so do the usual/obvious by checking teh power supply to and the earth return from, heh lights on the van
Another trick is to check the contacts between the bulbs and thier sockets in the c-van light bases
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Follow Up By: Kerry B - Monday, Jun 25, 2012 at 18:25

Monday, Jun 25, 2012 at 18:25
Thanks for replies. This is a BIG problem indeed. It only stops working when the car engine is turned on. We have tried another car and it works OK. Also a boat. It's only our car.
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Follow Up By: Kerry B - Monday, Jun 25, 2012 at 19:44

Monday, Jun 25, 2012 at 19:44
Thanks for replies. This is a BIG problem indeed. It only stops working when the car engine is turned on. We have tried another car and it works OK. Also a boat. It's only our car.
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Reply By: bazz - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 19:01

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 19:01
unscrew the offending lens cover and clean the contacts, moisture gets in , did on my roadstar, a squeeze of sealant fixes the moisture problem, note; i don't know the correct sealnt to use , mine was clear but dust sticks to it ,maybe someone on here can recomend a product , cheers Barry
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Reply By: Ross M - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 20:10

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 20:10
A bit more info will allow people to try and diagnose the problem.

Do the indicators not come on at all until tried a few times?
OR
Do they come on but not begin flashing until tried a few times?
Or do they not work until you have wriggled the plug a few times?

Vastly different faults with these different situations.
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Reply By: Member - Bucky - Saturday, Jun 23, 2012 at 04:28

Saturday, Jun 23, 2012 at 04:28
Kerry B
The cause of the intermittant problem you have, could be a loss of contact in the pins, in the connector plug itself.
Have a look at the plug ! (Caravan end.)

Check and see if the gaps in the pins have closed up, or touchig at the top and a minute gap at the botton.
Mind you the gap is fairly small anyway.


Get a very small screwdricer (presicion sets are gr8) or stanley knife blade, and slowly spread the pin, but only just a little.

By doing this what you are doing is spreading the pin, so it touches the outer chamber of the socket end, which will be on the Tow Vehicle


Give it a go

Cheers
Bucky

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Reply By: olcoolone - Sunday, Jun 24, 2012 at 16:08

Sunday, Jun 24, 2012 at 16:08
It would be nice to know what type and make of vehicles it is.

Some later vehicles have electronics that the trailer may interfere with causing this type of problem.

It's good to see only one other has asked this questions....... bit like trying to reply to someone asking where a street is with no suburb or state.... not much use.... only speculation.
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