My blinker doesn’t blink! Arrrgh!

fix a burned out blinker

So you turned on your blinker, but the turn signal light on your dashboard isn’t blinking. It’s just on. It’s solid. Just staring at you… Now what? The bulb for your blinker just might be burned out. The solid light is your car’s way of telling you that either the front or the rear blinker isn’t working anymore. Relax, this is an easy fix! First, determine whether the front blinker or the rear blinker is burned out. When your car is on (and in park of course), just turn on the blinker so you can get out and check the front and the back of the car. Once you’ve determined which bulb it is, the next step is to figure out how to access it. Older cars may still have screws on the plastic lens cover that you can unscrew from the outside, but most newer vehicles will allow you to access the socket from the backside. Usually the back lights are easier to access, because the assemblies can be accessed from inside the trunk. In some vehicles, there is a protective plastic cover that might be held in place with plastic screws or fasteners. Once these are out of the way, you should be able to see the socket assembly and remove it. If you’re dealing with the front blinkers, you may have to do some reaching from underneath. Once you get the bulb out, replace it with the correct replacement. If you don’t know what type you need, you may need to remove it and take it to the auto parts store or big box store and buy one just like it. When your new bulb is installed, just put everything back together and test everything out. This is easy to do if you have a friend to watch the lights for you. It’s just as easy to test the lights by yourself- by backing up to the garage door and turning on the blinkers and pressing the brake pedal- you can easily see the lights shining back at you from the flat, smooth garage door. If you have LED tail lights and blinkers, you’ll probably never need to worry about this. What if both your blinkers or tail lights went out at the same time? You may have blown a fuse, but that’s a story for another day…

The Service Department at the Woody’s Automotive Group works on nearly every make and model. If your car needs a little extra attention, contact the service professionals today! |