Wadda bunch of smart-@$$es...
Today I gained $10 of wisdom:
1. Flasher technology has advanced remarkably since the last time I bought a new flasher (circa 1984). It seems that the old "heavy-duty" and "regular-duty" designations have been superceded by a variable-load flasher design, in both thermal and electronic form (about $2 and $8 respectively; I bought one of each).
I thought "Perfect, that way it will automatically adjust to the different load imposed by the new lights." (which do not have replaceable bulbs; the whole light is a little $1.50 unit, with an integral bulb and lens).
So first I tried the new-design thermal unit, figuring I could return the $8 model. No dice: I plugged it in, and no blink. "Well" I thought "maybe the little bitty front lights are outside its design parameters; let's break open the $8 package and try it out." Plug it in: NO BLINK!!!
2. Here is where the second part of my wisdom for the day come on:
At that moment, a light came on. Literally. The current made it through the corrosion on pin-switch in the door-jamb, and the courtesy-lamp under the dash came on. Clearly showing that the upper socket on the fusebox, where I had been replacing the flasher canisters, is labeled "hazard"...
Meaning the lower-socket, which was occupied by a cheapo plastic-body flasher-can, was for the turn-signals. I popped the nearest flasher-can I had handy (actually, I think it was one of the old heavy-duty ones I had lying on the floor), and BING0! the signals worked.
So, you can have for free the two things that cost me $10 to learn:
1. The new flasher cans are universal for whatever load the lights may impose.
2. The LOWER socket is for the turn-signals.
I've got the $8 flasher in there for the turn-signals. They claim it lasts eight-times as long as the thermal unit; considering that the old one lasted me about 20 years, this new one will be flashing for my great-grandchildren...
[ October 08, 2001: Message edited by: Bob Barry ]