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My left turn signal flashes like the brake light is out. If I switch bulbs with the other side, then it works again until the first time I try to use the lights and then the turn signal. What else needs to be changed?

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The flasher and solid light are all in one bulb. There is two filaments in the glass, I would buy the recommended bulb.

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Has the vehicle been in an accident on the left rear side. First check the bulb to be sure it is not defective, trade it out with the side that works properly to test. If the bulb works well then My thought are you may have a shorted wire. The turn signal flasher works by heat build up within the flasher the heat is caused by the load of the bulbs, the load heats the metal spring causing it to open the circuit then as quickly as it cools down the circuit closes again lighting the bulbs.
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