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I have a 1979 vw lt35 ,with slow and dull indicators. i have put a volt meter on the wires , the only show 5.4 v. The in put volts are 12 ?

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Great! you are most of the way through your issue. With the engine not running, you are correct, 12 volts (actually 12.4 to 12.6) with the engine off and nothing else on...

A drop to 5.4 indicates a poor connection, keep moving upstream, and eventually you will find the resistance, perhaps a connection that has high resistance.... Look for discolored or slightly deformed (from heat) plastic connectors. Remove all heat damaged wiring and connectors.

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