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Old 05-11-2007, 09:59 AM
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bonehead move...

i was strapping up some loose wires under the dash in anticipation of an
autocross, and touched a red live wire to the emergency flasher.
zapped a fuse, but also put the zap on my turn signals.
the right on works, but the left one kind of barely comes on, if at all.

do you think it's the blinker relay (not sure what it's official name is) in the dash? can those be obtained?

any wisdom welcome,

john
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Old 05-11-2007, 07:24 PM
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i was strapping up some loose wires under the dash in anticipation of an
autocross, and touched a red live wire to the emergency flasher.
zapped a fuse, but also put the zap on my turn signals.
the right on works, but the left one kind of barely comes on, if at all.

do you think it's the blinker relay (not sure what it's official name is) in the dash? can those be obtained?

any wisdom welcome,

john
The factory flasher unit is outrageously expensive, well over $100 IIEC. However, it's easily replaced with a standard, off the shelf flasher unit you can get at any auto parts store for under $10. The only thing you have to do is make a small 'Y' adapter so you can plug two ground wires into the single ground spade connecter on the new flasher (the Alfa flasher had two ground leads, for no good reason).

Zip tie the new flasher unit to the steering column and you're done!

bs
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Old 05-12-2007, 02:14 PM
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thanks a ton, bs.
this helps a lot -- i'll give it a shot.

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Old 05-12-2007, 04:20 PM
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I would recheck your ground connections. Are two bulbs in the rear-left tailight coming on at the same time, causing it to appear dim? Might have to take off the lense cover to really check.
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Old 05-13-2007, 03:45 AM
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Pardon my ignorance but does the US spec 1750 come with a hazzard light switch ?
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Old 05-14-2007, 02:10 PM
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thanks guys.

i'll recheck the ground wires. the left seems to be worse than the right for some reason.

yes, the u.s. spec 1750 came with emergency flashers, and they are wired somehow in series with the brake/signal lights. i couldn't get them to work the first time until someone reminded me that i had to connect up the emergency flashers to make everything else work.

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