incrediBILL - 3:35 pm on Apr 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
Modern cars are quite annoying as the more gizmos the put in they dang things the more unique and interesting ways the gizmos find to malfunction. Luckily I've been able to "reboot" many of the malfunctions by finding some way to reset it once which typically gets it working again and saving bunches of money in needless repair bills.
Case in point something odd happened yesterday and my turning signals (blinkers for the rest of you) suddenly stopped working altogether. No fast flash like the bulbs were blown, no green light on the dash when you flip the lever, no light on the front or rear of the car, nothing. Dead dead dead, completely broken.
I figured it could be a blown fuse or possibly the blinker relay had died. Well, I quickly learned that in my car the relay which typically is located next to the fuse box was located in the dash so repairing that could be costly. I also later learned there's a simple hack to get to it by only removing a couple of screws from the center vent on the dash and it's right there but you and I know the mechanic probably wouldn't know that and removing the whole dash pays better but now that I know they won't be able to screw me in the future if a repair is needed, I digress.
Anyway, after reading others issues and answers about turning signals on my car I read that the emergency signal pulled way more juice and if you engage the CRUISE button (enables/disables cruise completely so you don't accidentally activate buttons on the steering wheel) that it even increases the voltage. Armed with this tidbit I went back out to the car and engaged the emergency flashers with cruise active and VOILA! the relay snapped and they were back in action. Turning signals still didn't work but a quick reset of the car on/off and VOILA! everything worked as normal again.
I was thrilled beyond belief that yet again I was able to get some stuck gizmo unstuck just by knowing a few tricks of the construction of that car.
Wonder how many others with the same issue have spent hundreds of dollars having their sash yanked off to replace a part a mere 6 screws away, or that could've been reset the same way I did?