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Old 19th May 2006
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Question Strange Electrical Problem

My 1999 9-5 SE has a strange electrical problem. When the car is running, the right rear directional signal light stays brightly lighted. (As well as all the other lights that should be lit) When the directional stalk is set to turn right, the right rear directional light does not blink (because it is fully on). In addition, the left side marker light does not light......however, if you set the directional stalk to turn left, the side marker light will blink as it should. All the other lights seem to be working ok. The car has never been in any accidents or had any re-wiring. Any body have any experience with this? Any assistance would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Sounds like a dodgy ground wire, you'll need to get a voltmeter out and check around the car.
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when one of my brake lights went, i replaced all my rear lights (including my rear fog lights). as it turns out, my right rear fog light was out also! but not out as in burned out, out as in not in the car! the hole where the light should have been was blocked by a piece of plastic attached to the light tree. . this obviously happened at the factory, and i was not a happy camper. so my guess is that it's just a faulty wire, but i'd check all your other lights too
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I'm not understanding if you mean the inside (dashboard cluster) lights or the real directional lights outside the car...
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as it turns out, my right rear fog light was out also! but not out as in burned out, out as in not in the car! the hole where the light should have been was blocked by a piece of plastic attached to the light tree. . this obviously happened at the factory, and i was not a happy camper.
All 9-5's come with 1 rear fog light as standard, punching out the plastic lug is a recognised modification some make. Its not a legal requirement to have 2 fog lamps, just A rear fog lamp.
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Lightbulb Stange Electrical Problem Solved

Your not going to believe this one. I pulled out fuse 35 so that the daytime running light feature would not work... as two of the lights....the front right directional and the rear right directional were burning so bright as to heat up the light assembly......So, now the fuse is out right? When you activate the directional signal the headlights flash to the rythem of the flasher. I told you this was wacky. So to recap.....before the fuse was removed, with the engine running, the back right directional was on....not flashing,....very bright. The right front directional was on, not flashing......very bright and the side marker light was on! Following so far?......

I pulled the fuse so as not to overheat the light fixtures, and headed to the dealer. They found the problem in seconds (obviously they have seen this before).....Here it is: The front right directional signal bulb has two contacts which mate with the socket contacts (Dual filament bulb) Those little lead contacts had melted together and completed a circuit that somehow causes all the crazy actions I described. Bulb changed .......problem GONE.

I hope this info helps someone......cause this was a new one for me!

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Wohoo a cheap fix from the dealer, how much was the bulb $60?
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Your not going to believe this one........................................I hope this info helps someone......cause this was a new one for me!

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Nope dont believe ya

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Your not going to believe this one. I pulled out fuse 35 so that the daytime running light feature would not work... as two of the lights....the front right directional and the rear right directional were burning so bright as to heat up the light assembly......So, now the fuse is out right? When you activate the directional signal the headlights flash to the rythem of the flasher. I told you this was wacky. So to recap.....before the fuse was removed, with the engine running, the back right directional was on....not flashing,....very bright. The right front directional was on, not flashing......very bright and the side marker light was on! Following so far?......

I pulled the fuse so as not to overheat the light fixtures, and headed to the dealer. They found the problem in seconds (obviously they have seen this before).....Here it is: The front right directional signal bulb has two contacts which mate with the socket contacts (Dual filament bulb) Those little lead contacts had melted together and completed a circuit that somehow causes all the crazy actions I described. Bulb changed .......problem GONE.

I hope this info helps someone......cause this was a new one for me!

AMF
YES!!!!!!!!!!! This just helped me tonight!!! I had the same problem so I pulled the right front turn signal bulb and there it was. The two little soldered contacts had come together causing a short so I used a razor knife and(carefully) separated them. I reintalled the bulb and it works perfectly !
See what happens when you use the search function!!!
P.S. Total cost of repair............$0.00

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