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Pilot light diesj
#1341242 Thu Jan 09 2020 08:57 PM
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1949 3100 6V. Bought an LED flasher for my Grote 966-4 turn signal. Everything worked fine including the pilot light for a few days and then pilot went out, signal lights still work and flasher clicks. This has happened using two different flashers of the same brand. Using a #51 bulb as the indicator pilot light. Wonder if I should use a #55 instead. Wiring diagram for flasher calls for a 3w bulb (#55) whereas the #51 is less than 2w. Would that difference cause the pilot lead to fail due to the less resistance to ground? Hard to believe both flasher units would fail in the same way.

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Forty9 #1341252 Thu Jan 09 2020 09:38 PM
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No idea why the pilot would poof. But maybe the flasher just stresses the pilot bulb too much. Maybe you could try an LED bulb for the pilot in the turn signal. Might be a little bit of a search to find one that works on 6V, though.

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Re: Pilot light diesj
Forty9 #1341286 Fri Jan 10 2020 01:37 AM
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Forty9, I had the exact same luck. After checking grounds, just let it go and do my best to remember to cancel the signal after a turn. Get it right about 75% of the time. The other 25% I'm just another old guy driving with his turn signal on, but it's in a cool truck so that's OK.


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Forty9 #1341861 Mon Jan 13 2020 05:06 AM
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I used to use a motorcycle beeper flasher since I have the memory span of a knat but now I use the Kawasaki self cancelling electronic flasher. The old flasher is one you WON'T forget since it was designed to compensate for engine and wind noise and about gives one a nose bleed inside a pickup cap with the windows up. A wrap of foam rubber and a couple of zip ties reduces the beep volume to a bearable level.


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