Front Right and Rear Right Signal Not Working.

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  1. Paul Calland

    Paul Calland New Member

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    I own a 79 Z28, and both right signals have stopped working. Help!
     
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    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    With this kind of problem, always start with the basics. Pull the bulbs out and check them to see if they are any good. While you have them out, make sure you have the correct bulbs in each socket. Signals use the 1157 bulb, but the 1156 will also fit in the socket but won't work.
    Do the park lights and brake lights work on that side? They use the same bulb and can give you some clues as to what the problem might be.
     
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    Twisted_Metal Administrator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    That's a NASCAR feature... They never turn "right". ;)

    Follow Gary's advice. That's a common error with these cars.
     
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    Sweet, I'm new to these cars and I don't know how to check the bulbs. How would I go about that?
     
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    Jim Streib https://www.flickr.com/photos/121766713@N04/albums

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    Quick question too, do both of the indash instrument panel turn signal indicator lights work when they should ?.

    Jim
     
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    First...I applaud you for using your signals. So many people don't nowadays...a pet peeve of mine. Rant over.

    Try putting the right side bulbs into the left side housings and see if the bulbs come on when activated. If so, the bulbs are good and there's something else wrong. If they don't work, the bulbs are bad.
     
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    Upon further inspection, the bulbs burn when the car is running. But for some reason they won't flash when I turn the signals on! Does that mean the sockets are bad?
     
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    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    Usually, the sockets are one of the last things to fail. The bulbs have the highest failure rate, and bad grounds are common if the car has been disassembled and painted or for other work.
    Do a few checks with a voltmeter before replacing parts. Shotgunning new parts into the car is an expensive and unreliable way to fix it. With a few voltage checks, you should be able to pin down the problem.
     
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    I had similar problem, turned out to be the turn signal switch.
     
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