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Turning signals dont blink

All lights are working. when i hit the switch left or right the bulbs just get bright, but dont blink. when head lights or on and i hit the switch. which ever side i hit. the front side light gos out. also if my foot is on the brake and i hit the switch which ever side the brake light flicker, but dont blink. there also isnt any ticking sound. the arrow just stays on

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Problem is the Turn Signal "FLASHER" unit, 1.Turn on Emergency FLASHERS 2. Go under Dash while they are on Listen -for Clicking sound then feel for it 3. Should Be a Silver Round Unit About as Big IN ROUND as Half dollar coin 4. ok now Look Around for the SAME EXACT Thing Clipped onto Something Under dash At Driver side Usually Between Steering wheel and Center HUMP in Floor, 5. once you find it Take OUT the first One you Found Emergency FLASHER) and 6. Put it In Place of Turn Signal Flasher, 7. Turn off Emergency Flashers- Turn Key in "ON" Position but don't start then Try Turn Signals. Yaaaa !!!! they work ?? LoL hopefully this Does the trick, if they work Buy new one and Replace Always Use NEW For TURN Signals as they are used Much More than Emergency Flashers. Hope this is Good Instructions For you and Helps you Solve The Problem, Please DONT Forget to RATE ME Thank you Rejakwilson@aol.com

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First off, sounds like a bad ground on your lights at the socket. Can tell you more if you go premium. If this is any help, please post as helpful. I was a mobile automotive tech for a while.

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If All The Blinker Lights Come On .Replace The Turn Signal Unit Located Under The Driver side Dash The Best Way To Identify it Is To Go Buy Another One And Then Find It Under The Dash. Quick Fix
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