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#1 nelmo

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:07 AM

I'm no expert on relays but my indicator flasher relay seems to have died this morning - my indicator dash light comes on but does not flash and the relay is making a buzzing noise.

 

Sounds terminal to me but are relays affected by cold? It was just about freezing this morning - is it possibly going to start working when the temperature rises?

 



#2 jaimo

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:57 AM

Sometimes relay stick give them a tap
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:00 AM

I was wondering about that but aren't all modern relays solid-state? Mine are only a couple of years old...



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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:08 AM

Check your column switches too/ dose of WD40 etc/  -  it may be a bad contact there making the relay buzz due to low/intermittent current

I got this on my hazzards way back.
I suspect your relays will still be mechanical -   especially if its buzzing.
 


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:26 AM

I was wondering about that but aren't all modern relays solid-state? Mine are only a couple of years old...


Nope, most automotive relays are good old fashioned proper mechanical ones.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:42 AM

Was the battery good enough to start the car?  If so check the earthing/power feed to the relay.  As above a continuous buzz from a relay indicates its not got sufficient current to close the circuit, don't leave it buzzing as the relay coil draws more current when the magnetic circuit is in-complete. 



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Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:40 AM

Hmmm, could it be a problem if it is on too long?

 

I don't have column stalks, my indicator is a manual switch on my dash (no auto-cancelling). On my way to work this morning, after one turn, I forgot to switch the indicator off for about 2 miles (yeah, I know, one of those people  :sorry: ) and it was after that I noticed it wasn't flashing (I can't be sure if it was before - I think it was).

 

I'll try give it a whack later, although it's not easy to get to...



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Posted 12 February 2018 - 01:14 PM

Do the indicators actually come on? Depending on the electro-mechanical workings of the indicator circuit, it could just be one of the bulbs has blown and so does not have enough energy to energise the relay. Or you may have a short somewhere.

 

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 02:29 PM

Ahh, hadn't actually checked that - I was working on the belief that this would cause the indicators to flash even faster, which is what happens on a normal car but I'll check - thanks...



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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:06 PM

So, I'm guessing a relay that rattles like a castanet is kaput, yeah?

And coincidentally, it's a Cargo relay (surely the most ironic product name ever), same as my alternator that died a few weeks ago. Guess which manufacturer I'll be avoiding for, like, forever?!

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:24 PM

Is it a relay or the flasher thats buzzing gone?
Electronic flashers tend to be more stable with different currents,  an option to look at.

The trade off is you dont get any indication of a blown bulb.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:50 PM

Is it a relay or the flasher thats buzzing gone?.

It's just one unit, isn't it? This is a pic of the inside - you can see the capacitor has dropped off which was the rattle:

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Edited by nelmo, 13 February 2018 - 09:50 PM.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:09 PM

The capacitor is probably in circuit to damp the spark across the main contacts --- without it being in its correct place ( electrical place -- the contacts are probably burnt & causing a high resistance & no glow of lamps,  Its a very unusual fault though, all the relays in our car are from the donor.



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Posted 15 February 2018 - 01:02 PM

That's more likely to be the timing capacitor. They don't usually use electrolytic capacitors to supress sparks.

There is a white stripe down one side of the capacitor, that's the negative side, if you are soldering it back in.

 

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 04:08 PM

Thanks for that but, apart from the fact that my soldering skills are sorely lacking, I had to cut the unit open to get to the inside for that pic.

 

Also, there has been some  arcing going on because the side of the relay unit shows signs of melting, probably when I was running it after the capacitor dropped off.

 

Bottom line - it is one very dead relay/flasher unit  =@  - new one on order...