When is it time to replace your turn signals?
Parking lights and turn signals are important safety and convenience feature on cars. These parts go by many names like blinker or flasher but they serve the purpose of indicating to other drivers and pedestrians when a car is turning or changing lanes. They can also be set to flash on and off in unison to indicate a road hazard or disabled vehicle or stay on when parked to increase visibility at night or poor weather. Parking lights and turn signals do have to be activated by the driver in order to work and their use is considered an important component of being a conscientious, considerate driver. Turn signals can crack, fall off, or become oxidized and cloudy to a point that they are no longer functional. They are important to replace because your car will pass inspection which may results in fines and tickets. They also keep you safe and courteous while driving.
A brief history of parking lights, a.k.a. turn signals.
Although the turn signal dates back to just after the turn of the century, they did not become common on cars until the 1930s. Hand signals were more common before then and semaphore style flags were used to deploy from the side of the car. These did the job but were hard to see compared to today's bright flashing amber or orange bulbs
and they often broke or became stuck. For the past several decades they have been required on most vehicles. They may be integrated as part of the headlight or tail light or may appear on their own. More modern cars have them on the back of the fender by the doors or integrated into the outside mirrors. Parking lights and turn signals are usually manufactured out of amber, orange, or clear plastic or glass. Sometimes the bulbs themselves are colored and right now LED bulbs are becoming more popular. They work when the driver flicks an interior switch on the car and then the wire harness sends the message to the light. The fact that they are now legally required has meant that they have had a great influence on the way that a car is styled.
Go ahead, give it a shot!
Changing a parking light or turn signal can be easy or difficult depending on the car. It is best to look for a qualified professional to install the part but here are some simple instructions below. Bear in mind that these types of lights are also stylistic elements on a car and their placement may be very different from one car to another.
- Locate the turn signal assembly. Pop the hood or trunk.
- The assemblies will most likely be fastened to the fenders, unscrew the fasteners.
- Unhook the socket and wire harness holding the bulb. It may be a good to replace the bulb too.
- Remove the old housing. Put the new housing to place.
- Reconnect the socket and harness.
- Reconnect the screws and fasteners and make sure that the new parking light or turn signal is firmly in place.
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We carry a great selection of OEM and aftermarket parking light and turn signals for modern vehicles and your cherished classics. Many aftermarket brands like TYC and Hella offer the exact same look, material, quality and function that you would get from a dealer that we offer at a lower cost. If you do not see the part you are looking for, give us a call or check back with us in the future as our inventory is constantly changing.