Member Since: 06 Nov 2017
Location: Nth Scotland
|Re: TD5 Indicator woes - please help|
My experience is exclusively with the Tdi era vehicles, so bear that in mind, but having read your post I was left with a couple of questions of clarity really - sorry - not trying to be pedantic, just trying to understand exactly what's going on.
1. The drivers side wing (side) indicator doesn't work. I've checked with my multimeter and it's not getting any voltage at the bulb holder. - You mean the 'repeater' on the side of the wing, above the wheel?
2. Sometimes, when other lights are turned on, the drivers side front indicator blinks 2-3 times, then turns of for a random amount of time, then starts working again. It does this over and over. - you mean it blinks 2 or 3 times, even with the switch off? and then start working again - even with the switch off? Or do you mean that it then starts working again, controlled by the switch?
I have tried replacing the side indicators with LED ones incase it was a dead bulb (before testing with my multimeter, doh), and have also replaced the hazard switch as I've heard that could fix some issues.
I'm assuming that with no current, the LED repeaters aren't working either?
I think the advice about the indicator/main beam/dip stalk is worth looking at. I don't suppose you know anyone that could lend you one to swap in and try? I've had to replace mine twice over the years, as they do get loose and start to make poor contacts. They can also get 'gummed up' with dust. If you replace it, do try and get a reputable make, which is not as straightforward as it seems. 2nd time I needed to replace the stalk, I got a 'Lucas' one. It was just as rubbish and wobbly as the old one. I was lucky then to find a 'new old stock' genuine one on ebay, and that's worked a treat.
You've also mentioned LED repeaters. I know that when I went for LED indicators all round, I needed to use a different relay (provided by the lights supplier) as the LEDs don't generate enough resistance or load to work the original relay properly. But if there's no current to the repeater plug, then that shouldn't matter. I'm just mentioning it for awareness - a full swap to LEDs isn't as simple as plugging them all in.
Things like this can be a pain to track down. In your position I'd try and be as methodical as I could, following the wiring from the switch to the relay, and then to the lamp. So, with the switch on, can you hear the indicator relay clicking properly? THen try and find the wiring up at the bulkhead (behind the brake servo) and see if you're getting anything there?
Just as I've done all that I've realised that the Td5 vehicles might not have clicky relays... sorry.
Finally, and more basically, if the problems are all in the driver's wing, have you pulled the headlight out and had a good look at the wiring in there? Maybe there's something really obvious like a terrible scotchlok connector or something that a previous owner might have fitted, or just a poor connection in the original loom? Donald
1994 Defender 300Tdi 110 SW - owned since 2002 - 230k miles and going strong
(The 'rolling restoration' or tinkering thread: http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic58538.html)
2000 Range Rover P38 4.0L V8
in the past..
RR classic - fitted with 200Tdi
1984 RR classic - V8 with ZF auto box
1993 Discovery 300Tdi
not to mention the minis and the Type 2 VW camper...