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    Default CX Indicators - where to start looking?

    Hi,

    I am having a strange problem with the indicators on the CX Turbo. They were working fine but now not so.

    Last night I saw that the light for the left indicator was not displaying on the dash but I could hear the click (but slow) that you hear when the indicators are on. Got out and had a look and the front right one was working and the one on the front right guard was working. Rear right and none on the left working.

    Got up this morning and all working fine.

    Drove down town and came back home and same problem again.

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    Obviously electrical but just so unusual I was wondering if anyone can suggest where I might go to fix this one easily.

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    Laurie

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    check the earth points. It's freshly painted right? Bet the earth was screwed down onto fresh paint
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    You talking battery shane or chasing the earth from the indicator controller?

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    I think they are earthed out under the nose somewhere. I'll need to check the manuals as my memory is failing me
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    thanks mate.

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    I think Shane means the earth points for the indicators front and back. I forget where they are at the front, but there should be a bolted in lead near each tail lamp unit. It may be the same sort of arrangement at the front too, being a common earth for several lights near to each other at each corner. If it's the same unit I had in my old CX, it's quite sensitive to a bad earth. Sometimes, you may find another lamp lights up dimly as a different, but very roundabout, path to earth is taken.

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    Thanks David,

    Looking tomorrow arvo.

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    Fixed.

    Faulty indicator switch was causing the left side to not work and the other was a globe that had come loose. Switch housing needed to clamped down on one side then worked. You wouldn't credit that the two things could go wrong at the same time.

    Hang on Laurie - we are talking about Citroens.

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    My CX right side packed it in on the 17th October. A restart didn't cure it, but running the hazards did. Hasn't missed a single flash since!

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    Quote Originally Posted by laurie_lewis View Post
    Fixed.

    Faulty indicator switch was causing the left side to not work and the other was a globe that had come loose. Switch housing needed to clamped down on one side then worked. You wouldn't credit that the two things could go wrong at the same time.

    Hang on Laurie - we are talking about Citroens.
    Not just Citroens at that age. Just had two simultaneous electrical problems on the might R8, with a 50-year old bulb failing in parallel with an alternator only 35 years old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    Not just Citroens at that age. Just had two simultaneous electrical problems on the might R8, with a 50-year old bulb failing in parallel with an alternator only 35 years old.
    Is there a warranty on the alternator?

    Slightly less cheeky question: how much do you drive the R8, John? Alternator failure is more a function of wear rather than age, unless corrosion and/or coating failure took hold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hotrodelectric View Post
    Is there a warranty on the alternator?

    Slightly less cheeky question: how much do you drive the R8, John? Alternator failure is more a function of wear rather than age, unless corrosion and/or coating failure took hold.
    Fair question. I do drive it often and I guess 3,000 km per year, and 10,000 km every other year if she goes to NSW for the 4CV Muster. I think mine has lost a diode as it was overhauled properly about three years back. It's the first electrical trouble of this sort in 40 years.
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    Laurie, I think the front indicators earth at the multiple earthing point on the inner guard above the battery. The spade connectors on the parking light/indicator light fittings are notorious for corroding into non-conductivity, too.
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    Thanks John,

    I will need to get a new switch eventually. If I put pressure on it, it works fine. Cable tie putting pressure on switch has it working.

    Checked all the earths I could.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laurie_lewis View Post
    I will need to get a new switch eventually.
    I have one (pre-loved) if you want it.
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