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Passat Indicators Blowing Fuses 2005 model

Replaced the hazard relay back in June 2008 with part from VW specialist

Failed again this morning both left & right turn and also hazards have stopped working

Located 10 & 15 amp fuses and replaced both

Tried right turn and it worked

Tried left turn and blew a 10 amp fuse

Tried hazards and blew 15 amp fuse

Any ideas on what could be causing the failures?

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  • irri_tant Sep 25, 2008

    I have a cheap multimeter and will have a go at what you suggest. Thanks

  • Anonymous May 02, 2009

    Hi I have thesame problem I to have checked all the lamps apart from the one in the wing mirror and according to my volkwagon dealer this is sealed for life.

    Very frustrating as I am just about to leave the country and the car was up for sale.

    Regards



    Ian (weymouth)

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    when turning on left turn signal , fuse blows, when turning on hazard lights fuse blows , right side blinker works fine , have replaced the turn signal stalk , still not working , could it be the relay behind the warning light button

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    when I turn on the left side blinker fuse blows , when I turn on right side blinker it works , four way flasher blow fuse, I have replaced the turn signal stalk , still no left blinker , could this be a warning light relay switch issue ???

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It sure sounds like a short in the left signal circuit. I can't say where the wires are routed but you may have one with failed insulation or pinched under some hardware.
You could avoid repeated fuse replacement if you buy a cheap digital multimeter from Radio Shack (if you are in the US) or alternately, from an auto parts store. One adequate for this would be under $20 US. Some have a continuity checker that sounds a 'chime' that stops when the resistance level rises a bit. Since the meter could be damaged if the short clears, it would be smart to disconnect the negative side (ground) of the battery. Putting the probes across the fuse contact will simulate the fuse for this checking but it will not let your signals function. I would punch the probes into the fuse holder, put on the left turn signal and start removing bulbs and checking the routing of the wiring. When the chime stops, you have found the culprit. 

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