Renault Megane Indicator Problem

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Hi. For the past few weeks the right indicator on my Megane has been playing up and flashing double time and actually making other lights flash too which is really funny if I want to die. Well I’ve been putting off fixing them because 1. I’m a bit lazy & 2. I wasn’t quite sure what to do.

I’d tested all the bulbs and they were fine and then last week a new problem arose where if I had the headlights on and was indicating right the fog light indicator would light up on my dashboard and as soon as I put my foot on the brake the right indicator would stop working! A great trick if you like playing chicken when turning right in the dark.

Well I asked my friend Ian what he thought and he said “probably some sort of earthing problem“. Cheers. So I went researching on the net and actually found a solution because it seems this has happened to a few other Megane owners.

Because one of the bulbs has lost an earth, when I brake I’m drawing an earth through another bulb to feed the defective light and by doing this it’s creating a magnetic field in the second bulb making it light. i.e things be f**ked up.

Open the boot and remove the lighting block and disconnect the connecting block. You should be able to see a bit of blackening on one of the pins where it has overheated. Get a small file and remove the black bits and maybe bend the pins a bit to improve the connection. Do this to both the left and right set of lights and put everything back.

Brilliant I can now indicate and brake at the same time!

10 Responses

  1. Terry..(South Africa)
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    DUDE!!!!…..thats is the EXACT problem im having cant wait to go try it out. Gets all fucked up wen trying to turn in the dark and some idiot comes up behind u then your light goes off and he hoots and gives u the finger so yeah i cant wait to get this sorted.Thanks for the info

  2. Adem
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    Hi Terry,

    I hope this helps and you’ll have to let me know if this works.

  3. tom
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    i’m having the exact same problem i will try this asap coz its really annoying and slightly dangerous!!!!

  4. Adam
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    I have a slightly different issue with my 05 megane but along the same line. At least once a day my right bulb goes out (the odd time the left but mostly right) and to fix I have to put oppsite lock on the wheel stick the hazards on and put my hand up through the gap at the wheel arch touching the back of the indicator once contact is made the bulb comes alive again :-) for a mile or two at most these it’s away again :-( soooo fustrating! any ideas on what could be causing this? also note ive had both bulbs changed a few months ago but didn’t fix the issue.

    • Al
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      Same problem here, keep having to twitch bulbs to get indicators to work again. Going to research and post back here.

  5. Fiona
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    Adam that is the same problem I am having, but with my left indicator. Had it changed so many times. It works for a while but if I hit the kerb or pot hole it stops working fully. Put it down to a bad connection. I don’t think the bulb sits in tightly which causes it to come undone and then part of connection is lost. My Megane is a 05. I welcome any fix for this. 

  6. wahid
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    Thanks,guys i was struggling with same problem changed both bulb holders on back and it seems to have sorted out my problem.

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    January 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm This is excellent and well ndeeed since some of the clip art has so many colors it will be easy for the customer to eliminate colors for cost. I know there was one design that had around 4 greys and if they can change that to one easily then it will convert orders because of the low cost.It will definitely help with reducing cost and colors easily to convert orders.

  8. Darren Varley
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    Wow. Thanks. I’ve been having the same trouble and thought it must be an earthing problem. I’ll try thst tomorrow. Thanks

  9. Darren Varley
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    Update. …
    i cleaned up the terminals but the problem persisted. Just before i bought a new bulb holder i thought I’d try changing the brake/tail light bulb. It worked!!
    On closer inspection I noticed carbon deposits around the base of the elementsinside the old bulb. I’d say it was that build up that was causing the short.

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