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These 2005 Chevy Malibu Complaints are extremely common in this make and model vehicle. According to Car Complaints, this was a design flaw in the vehicle that caused the bulbs to burn so hot that they burned out the lights and melted the turn signal covers. The gaps introduced by the warped light covers have led to electrical system horror stories about ...


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I don't know that car specifically, but it sounds like the auto-cancel mechanism is bent or mis-installed. Since it is integral with the steering column, you will probably need to pull off your steering wheel and get into where the switch mates with the column. There will be a plate or ring on the column with a tab or the like that will move a lever in the ...


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This is symptomatic of a loose or poor earth on the lamps. It may be either the front or the rear earthing point. The other item to consider is the indicator/hazard unit, it may be starting to fail.


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I'd check the ground strap/contact to ground from the blinker to the chassis first. Chances are there's a problem with it an it "grounds" via another bulb when you also apply the brake. Using a multimeter, check the resistance from the ground on the bulb holder against the chassis first, then check blinker ground against both contacts for the brake light. ...


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The front light bulb has failed. Simple fix!


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This sounds most likely to be a fault in the switch in the indicator stalk - normally you have a physical linkage which keeps the turn indicator flashing while you turn a corner, then it releases as the steering wheel straightens. I can imagine a couple of ways this could fail and allow the spring in that mechanical return to perhaps trigger the right ...


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Some cars have a separate flasher relay for the Hazards - if that's the case then you might have a failure of the primary flasher relay? The signal initially not turning off suggests a possible failure of the switch though - It might be worth disconnecting the switch (there's usually a connection somewhere under the column) and testing it separately? I'm ...


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You probably need to change the flasher unit to match the load of the LEDs. If you can't find a custom part specially made for this, I suspect you can do it by replacing a capacitor inside the unit. This should fix the flashing rate, but I'm not sure whether or not it would fix the indicator. Honestly, since this is just a turn signal, you might just be ...


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A multimeter is going to be your best bet as, depending on exactly what the cause is, you may have one of the following: a partial short circuit a partial open circuit a faulty relay You will need to follow the wires to find the physical problem. The good news is that it is likely to be near the back, as closing the trunk must have jarred something ...


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This sounds (to me) like a grounding / electrical connection problem. I'd check the connections on all parts of the system: The relay that was replaced, and its socket / connectors. The signal switch itself. The connections to the indicator bulbs themselves. The wiring harness connecting everything. Since it sounds like it's on both indicators (left and ...


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The way most indicators are set up is that the load on them affects the flash rate (this used to be down to current flowing through a bimetal strip and heating it which then broke the flow of current until the strip cooled, but despite modern indicator circuits often being much more electronic, the same setup is used to make it obvious to the driver what the ...


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There are two filaments inside a turn signal bulb. One of them is dim for the park lights, the other is bright for the turn signal. The bright filament can break on one end and land on the dim filament. Anytime the parking lights are on it makes both filaments light. The turn signal can still function depending on where the break in the filament is. This ...


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Check your earth/grounding points for the lights. Lights illuminating when they're not supposed to is a classic symptom of a bad earth.


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Your blinker module is broken. This is on the left side behind the steering wheel. There is some mechanical part connected to the steering wheel. If you turn blinker right, some little tooth came out of this module. Then if you turn the wheel back, it touch the tooth of the steering wheel and release to blinker to neutral. Maybe if you build up this module, ...


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It seems your multifunction switch is probably bad. It should be fairly easy to pull this switch to inspect it. I found these instructions to gain access: The turn signal canceling is part of the function of the 'multifunction switch'. This is a switch mounted on the steering column by 2 screws. Once you take the covers off, you can see the ...


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The DOT certification has more to do with the light output level being the right brightness (candella) and pattern not necessarily colour. I doubt a police officer cares whether your turn indicators are yellow/amber or white. They are more concerned about blue/red/purple etc.


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Forgot about this question. Anyway, replacing the bulb fixed the issue, though unlike as Larry suggested, both filaments were intact. Also unlike as Drake suggests, the bulb was of the correct model. Still no idea what the cause was, but it's fixed now anyway.


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I have also seen it from putting the wrong bulb in the socket - often done by another shop or parts store even. Of you've had one replaced, pull out the bulb and look at the bottom. Make sure there are the same number of 'nipples' on the bottom of the bulb as there are in the bottom of the socket. When i worked as a mechanic, it was a very common problem i ...


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If your signal is flashing at double speed, the cause may be as simple as a burnt out bulb. The relays expect a certain amount of load, and if only half of that load is present, they'll cycle twice as quickly. Check if either the front or rear bulb is blown.


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You may have blown a Maxi-Fuse, or fusible link. Get the wiring diagram, more specifically the power distribution diagram and you will likely find all of those accessories are powered from on Maxi-fuse, or fusible link. I may be able to provide you more assistance if you will update your question with the make model year of your car. It would also be ...


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Firstly, get hold of a proper wiring diagram for your car. Disconnect all the wires you have added, and see if that solves the problem. Work methodically back through everything you have changed, as the cause must be in there somewhere if they worked before... Tapping into random wires without knowing that they are for is always going to be a recipe for ...


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Usually the breakage is some small plastic part that you're not going to be able to reasonably repair. Typically a whole replacement unit can be had pretty cheap from a junkyard anyways. Normally not worth a repair effort.


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A problem with your charging system, such as an alternator that's not providing enough juice, can cause this. Your turn signal relays are sensitive to voltage fluctuations.


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I have a somewhat similar problem. I will have intermittent clicks when not using the turn signal in my 2006 VW Golf. It is caused by tiny metal shavings that are suspended in the grease that is used in the turn signal and it will occasionally conduct just enough electricity to trigger the turn clicker without actually sending enough electricity to turn ...


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I would swap out the switch assembly itself to see if the problem persists.



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