TURN SIGNAL STOPS BLINKING WHEN BRAKES ARE APPLIED
April, 17, 2007 AT 1:06 AM
2003 Chevy Silverado Z71 When I am driving the truck and try to use the turn signal if I apply the brakes the blinker stops blinking? It does not matter what position the steering wheel is in it is happening when the brake is applied.
My neighbor had the same problem with his Nissan Altima. I went over and check the wiring to the affected side (left rear brake light/parking light) and sure enough, all of the ground wire connections were corroded where they were connected to the tailight assembly.
If the lights will work independently of each other, but fail when both are used at the same time, it is probable that the ground connection is corroded to the point where it will not conduct enough juice to support the operation of both lights at the same time.
Check for corrosion on the contacts inside the bulb sockets, too. Once you scrape/clean them, a little white lithium grease will help prevent corrosion in the future.
I cleaned and tightened the ground wires and all his brake/turn signal/parking lights work properly now.
You did not say if this happens on just one side or both, but check this and let us know if it fixes your problem.
Good luck - Paul
April, 18, 2007 AT 1:00 PM
I had the same problem with my '95 silverado, On mine the ground was on the back bumper and secured to a plastic fastener - probably why it didnt make a good ground. I replaced the plactic with a bolt and haven't had a problem since. Not sure what you're setup is, but I imagine there's a ground somewhere in that area that's causing the problem.
April, 19, 2007 AT 9:10 AM
I forgot to mention that there was a slight leak in the trunk/tailight area, allowing moisture to enter, which eventually allowed the corrosion to occur.