Ford escort side repeater not working

Asked by Janinea Jan 10, 2018 at 05:45 PM about the 1991 Ford Escort 1.6 XR3i

Question type: Maintenance & repair

Hi my side repeater is not working. I have. Checked the bulb but it is not that. I
have used a continuity tester and there is no voltage actually going to it.
According to the manual there is a wiring multiplug on the bulkhead but I can't
work out where it may be. I suspect that the plug or wiring could be at fault. All
the other indicators work perfectly. Please help me to troubleshoot and fix the
problem. Thanks

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It's under the bonnet, if you lift up your bonnet, there should be a black box, some where need to the battery/bulk head, unclip the top and open up, your find the relay for the indicators, best way to find it is, put your indicator on and listen/feel for the one that's making the noise, from that one is the wiring loom for your indicators.

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Hi. I have checked the relay which is ok. All the other indicators are working apart from the side repeater on the passenger side of the car. Have changed the bulb and cleaned up the bulb holder but it hasn’t done the job. Is there a wiring plug separately for the side repeaters on or around the bulkhead area? It’s a MK5 Escort cabriolet convertible 1.6 xr3i. There is a relay/fuse box that is attached to the battery positive terminal. All fuses/relays there are good as are the ones in the fuse box inside of the car


The wiring loom will be under the fuse/relay box under the bonnet, this sounds like a broken cable with in the loom, either under the bonnet or running a long the inside of the car, but then have you removed the light fitting from the car and checked the connectors behind this, there could be water damage to the plug, and also the indicator connector with in the fitting, have you slightly pull the center connector up( do this when there's no power to the light's.

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I have not removed the light fitting itself but have tested by putting a light up probe on the actual pins behind the fitting. The probe doesn’t illuminate. I shall go back and double check that again when the weather is better. Today it’s raining and can’t really do car electrical work in inclement weather.

I found the problem. It was unplugged from the multiplug located on the bulkhead behind the battery. There is a piece of plastic behind where the battery goes. I had to take the battery off to charge it and I dislocated this piece of plastic and that’s when I noticed it.

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