incrediBILL - 12:42 pm on Apr 12, 2013 (gmt 0)
I recently had to replace both blinker bulbs (yes, the blinkers are problematic at the moment) and had never replaced a bulb in the 10+ years I've owned this car.
After flailing about trying to figure out how to access the bulbs, which looked impossible, turned out the entire light assembly was held in place with 2 plastic rods that slide off and the entire component, left or right lights, just came off the car!
I was stunned.
Then I looked online and replacing it wasn't terribly expensive either.
I still find it odd that one bulb blew and the week after I replaced it the other blub blew.
BTW, you have to be careful as there are lots of rip offs out there doing excellent SEO work to get your money. When I first put in my bulb numbers some LED versions came up for $40/pair vs. the ones I knew I needed which ended up being $4/pair.
The blinkers went offline again today and the emergency flashers did reboot whatever caused it one more time. I kind of remember having sporadic blinker issues a time or two in the past but nothing that stayed off and it recovered on it's own back then.
I see a repair bill coming in my near future as anything that keeps doing this is probably going to escalate into a full blown failure soon. I'm just hoping it's not the electrical system causing the problem as I've read that the either a faulty generator or regulator could cause spikes that zap the relays in such a manner. This would also explain both blinker bulbs blowing in near tandem a few months back. Of course that could also cause a variety of blown fuses and circuits if it's the case so I could be sitting on an electrical system time bomb that a simple test could detect and save me a bunch of money down the road. Trip to the mechanic for a diagnostic coming real soon.