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recently took my 65 chevelle out of storage. i'm trying to get it ready for inspection. i replaced front bumper and marker lights. after cleaning light sockets and replacing light bulbs all lights work but signals won't light or blink. if i move turn signal lever for lift, the lift brake light goes out and vise versa. any idea whal i could ck next?
 

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First off (although it seems dumb--has happened to many people) double check what kind of bulbs you installed. They should be dual filament type 1157 bulbs. Many people stick in a single filament (a type 1156 found in back-up lamps).

If that's okay, try replacing the "blinker can" a small cylinder with a pigtail wires leading up under the dash. This is what makes the lights blink.
 

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thanks for the reply
the bulbs are ok and it took me a while to find the blinker, but i did put a new one in.
tell me if i wrong - but if the parking lights and brake lights work the ground should be ok? could the contacts in the column be bad?
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by rural_ralph:
thanks for the reply
the bulbs are ok and it took me a while to find the blinker, but i did put a new one in.
tell me if i wrong - but if the parking lights and brake lights work the ground should be ok? could the contacts in the column be bad?
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Yes, that could be a possibility (that the internal turn contacts are corroded inside the column. Before going to the work of dissassembling all that, try taking a test light to the connection plug that leads into the column. By using a wiring schematic you can tell what colors "feed" the signals. Activate a left turn and see if the left turn wire has power at it's connecter, etc.
 

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It's possible to have the brakes and running lights working with a bad ground to the front bulbs. Early Chevelles get the ground through the bumper. Since you just replaced yours, the bolts may not have bitten through the chrome. (It may be finding a ground through the adjacent filament to work the running lights.) Try this:
1, Remove the left front turn signal lamp from the bumper.
2, Ignition key to ON and turn the left signal on.
3, With a jumper wire touch one end of the wire to the lamp base. Touch the lamp base near where the metal base meets the glass.
4, Touch the other end of jumper to a good clean frame ground. Don't touch it to the bumper. See what happens.
 
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