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Last thing to try before trouble shooting the wires for a short is the flasher unit. Usually it is located on or near the fuse box and is normally round and silver about 1" in diameter. If that doesn't work, none of the turn signals or flashers will work. You you had flashers but not turn signals I would say look at the switch on the steering column but you have nothing which points to the flasher control.
make sure all the bulbs are working. If not check the fuse but i doubt its a fuse cause none of the lights would be on but check the flasher. Flasher Location
It is located under the dash board on the drivers side. You will need a flash light, zip cord for re-installation, a long non metallic rod 1/4" dia and a wire hanger. Bend hanger straight and make a little hook on end. Remove turn signal fuse located at fuse box under driver side dash. Lay on floor with flashlight on drivers side. Look above fuse box it is located above it about 10" it is round and silver. Use rod to push off clamp. Now use hanger to retrieve flasher unclasp and install new flasher. Reinstall flasher and clip under dash with zip cord for access later. Replace fuse. If you need further assistance please let me know. Thanks, midwest-tek
Check the fuse for the turn signals in the fuse box located under the hood on the drivers side. Just open it by the loosening the knob on the top of the L-shaped cover. Look inside the cover of the box to find a listing of what fuse controls your turn signals. There is a fuse puller provided, mine is white. Pull the correct fuse and hold it up against a light color surface, if the contact inside is broken/melted try a new fuse of the same amperage, the number on the fuse. If you are lucky this will solve your problem, if after replacing the fuse and trying your turn signals they still fail to work pull the new fuse and see if it has blown if so you have a short in your wiring. Time to get more tech support from a mechanic you trust.
The bulbs on these cars can be delicate. Some get replaced every year or so-( headlights, tail and brake) and some I've never touched in 8 years (my front turn signals and marker lights)
The fast blinking occurance is normal when a turn signal bulb goes out.
The rear lights are common to blow, I keep spares in the glovebox.
Make sure you were given the correct bulb, check to see that it works and isn't defective. Also there is an empty spot in the rear bulb holder- make sure you didn't mistakenly pop a bulb in there cause' it won't work.
The front right signal light is in the right headlight housing. Open the hood and on the back of the housing there are two plastic caps. One is curved and one is rectangular- you want to take off the rectangular one.
Open the drivers door and on the side of the dash there's a cover. This is the main fuse block. Use a coin or carefully with a screwdriver pry it open. To check a fuse pull it out, noting exactly where it came from, and visually inspect it to see if it is blown.
Fuse # 2- turn signal system
Fuse #4- License plate lights
Fuse #7- back up lights
Fuse #13- brake lights
Fuse #22- parking and side marker lights, right
Fuse #23- parking and side marker lights, left
The turn signal flasher is integrated into the hazzard button in the center of the dash. If all else is good and you suspect the flasher is bad, which is a good possibility, call a VW dealer and have them run your VIN# to check for recalls. The hazzard switch for some cars around your year had a recall on em'.
The fuse block is usually located on the left side under dash or behind a small cover on that side. If the fuses are ok change the signal relay, after that the signal/light switch on the steering column.