1996 Lexus ES 300 Long Term Road Test

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1996 Lexus ES 300: Fast Blinkers

July 18, 2012

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Every used car is bound to have some sort of quirk. It's usually something wrong with the car that you never get around to fixing. On my previous car, a 1992 Honda Prelude, it was the A/C that would occasionally not blow cold until I pounded my fist on the dash. The quirk on our long term Lexus ES 300 is its fast blinkers.

Take a look at the video below to see it in action. Notice how the turn signals revert to their normal speed when the hazard lights are on.  It's been this way since we bought the car.

You're probably thinking, "It’s a burned out bulb," but that's not the case. All bulbs are working fine. See the videos below for proof.


I did some searching online and I came up with two theories. Either the flasher relay needs to be replaced or the contacts are dirty on one of the bulb sockets. I'll leave it to my DIY inclined colleagues to figure this out. In the meantime, it's just one of those quirks you deal with in an old car.

What's your theory on the fast blinkers?

Ron Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor @ 146,374 miles

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