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Re: [T3] Lights, but no action.....

On 4 Nov 2001, at 23:08, Allyn de Vars wrote:

> Ralph's story about lights reminded me of my frustration with my "new"
> Volkswagen--the 1967 Squareback I bought from Charlie Whitney.  The turn
> signals will illuminate when the switch is set to turn either left or right, but
> will only blink when I press on the brake pedal.  The turn signal will blink one
> time for each time i press on the brake.  However, the 4-way flasher (hazard
> lamps) operate perfectly.  What gives?

Poor connections and dead capacitors in the TS relay. These relays are 
electronic and respond to small level signals. When you press the brake 
pedal there is a momentary drop in system voltage due to the extra current 
drawn by the brake lights. This current dip is mistaken by the TS relay as 
one of the signals it is supposed to respond to, and one of the relays in there 
clicks. It is likely that this makes a sound, and possibly flashes the interior 
TS lamps, but I'll bet it does not turn on the external lamps.

You MAY be able to fix this by soldering riveted connections inside the TS 
relay. If the relay does not have a separate ground wire, then making sure 
that the part that needs ground is well grounded may also help. 67s certainly 
didn't have all the extra ground connections that came in 69. I know that the 
68 TS relay, which is different, requires a good ground thru its mounting 
screw in order for it to work well.

Jim Adney
Madison, WI 53711-3054

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