2011 Prius Front Turn Signal

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  1. babubhai

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    Hello friends -

    I have a 2011 Prius IV - my front left and right turn indicators quit. My wife drives that car so she doesn’t remember or noticed when the turn signals were blinking fast in the dashboard indicator light.

    I drove the car once and at that time the left indicator would blink normal for couple of blinks then fast then normal. And eventually quit.

    Checked bulbs, they’re good, checked fuse, that’s good. Tested the output on the socket with multimeter and now power on both sides, whether hazard light mode or individual left or right turn mode.

    Any other suggestions?
     
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    Sounds like the turn signal relay needs to be troubleshooted next.
     
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    Just start tracing the circuits back. The wire harness along the bumper (to which the turn signals connect) joins the engine compartment harness at a junction connector behind the driver's corner of the front bumper (ahead of the wheel well liner). From there it's a straight shot back into the cabin and to the instrument panel junction block. There's information here about getting ahold of the wiring diagram.
     
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    Where would be the relay located?
     
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    Let me take a look at the diagrams and see what I discover
     
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    Found the problem! Had to take the bumper cover out. Now trying to figure out to take the connector apart to rewire/rebuild.

    Toyota wants $75 for the harness
     

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    Any ideas on how to take the connector apart so I can redo new wires?
     
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    That information is also in the electrical wiring diagram (more info). If you select the connector and click the orange "info" icon down in the lower right of the window (which doesn't say "info" but it is orange and you just have to know what it's for), you'll get the page with the diagram and pinout of the connector, including how the terminal retention mechanisms work (there are usually two). If you click the "(+) wiring harness repair" link on that same page, you will also be shown the part numbers of the repair terminals you need, and the crimp sleeves to be used with them.

    Is it only the bumper harness that's damaged, and the mating connector on the car is ok?

    If that's the case, I think I'd go ahead and just replace the harness. $75 is not a bad price, you'll save the price of the repair terminals and crimpy bits, plus all your time fussing with it. If you get the harness from a salvage yard you can probably get it around half that; if you get the harness from a model that had the foglights or the radar, it will have the wiring for those too, in case you get upgrade fever later on.

    Edit: looks like I saved those diagrams from an earlier project. PDF attached.

    It shows the connector as a "double lock type" (as usual), with a "housing lance". That means the primary terminal lock is a little lance that is part of the plastic housing, and drops into a little hole in the terminal. (If it said "terminal lance", that would mean a little bent-out part of the metal terminal, that would click behind part of the housing.)

    The second lock mechanism is usually some larger plastic part of the housing, that secures all of the individual lances for the terminals when it is in the locked position. For this housing, I would guess it is the inside part of the housing that is white instead of black, and probably releases when you shift it slightly outward (out the open end of the housing). I apparently didn't save that part.
     

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