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Right front turn signal and side lights won't turn on when van turns to the right. Right rear light works but flashes faster than normal. Message center on dashboard also flashes faster than normal the same as right rear turn signal light. Parking lights working fine. Checked lights and fuses and all are good. Thinking about replacing flasher/relay. But, before I do that, I need other people's opinion in case anybody already encountered the same problem...

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Are you certain the bulb is the proper fit for that vehicle?

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Are you sure you have a good ground at those bulbs ? Spray sockets good with cleaner or penetrating fluid, (WD-40 or similar) clean contacts at bottom and try to squeeze or pry outside of socket inward to help get better contact with side of bulbs and see if that helps. If 12 Volt test light confirms power to contact in socket, then I'd be looking for a bad ground. Careful not to touch side while checking contact at bottom of socket or you'll blow a fuse real quick.

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