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  1. Bobinott
    December 1, 2016 @ 7:52 pm

    Well, let's start with the basics: have you changed the blinker fluid recently?

    youtube.com/watch?v=E6GsXhBb10k

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  2. kaibeezy
    December 1, 2016 @ 8:41 pm

    yep, but let me check the cask… it's imperial blinker ointment – should it be metric?

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    • Bobinott
      December 1, 2016 @ 9:02 pm

      OK so seriously, I just did some searching on the French-language forums. Any failures of the blinker units ("Centrale clignotant") seem to be "all or nothing". Therefore, I think replacing the stalk seems like a good bet. Interestingly, those cars do seem to have a propensity for blinker weirdness. One frequent problem is an interaction between the stalk and the four-way warning switch, but again the symptoms are different than what you are experiencing. Hope this helps. Any "U-Pull" yards in your neck of the planet?

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    • kaibeezy
      December 1, 2016 @ 10:55 pm

      thx for that – my French is not up the challenge – i do really think it must be the switch, as it works normally if i pull the stalk back from fully flicked (there's not really another way to say that, is there?) – i suppose i can look into a disassembly and cleaning – might try to find a shop manual

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  3. Anonymous
    December 1, 2016 @ 8:59 pm

    Are you sure the bulb doesn't have 2 filliments?

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  4. The Special War
    December 1, 2016 @ 10:49 pm

    From my weird French tuner friends: probably the stalk switch they have issues with acting normally all the time. Something about the switch in the column that jumps off of something something and now they are drinking like fish and we are onto Turbo Renault issues….

    I'm not sure that was helpful but those boys talk way too fast to keep up.

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    • kaibeezy
      December 1, 2016 @ 10:55 pm

      concur – see above

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  5. FTB
    December 2, 2016 @ 12:12 am

    Exact same issue with my e28 currently, and yep, it's the stalk.

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    • kaibeezy
      December 3, 2016 @ 12:53 pm

      don't get me wrong, i like the Xantia and there's a great story behind it (that i swear i will finish writing up one of these days), but i can't help thinking that everything is just a placeholder until i get an E28

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  6. DailyTurismo
    December 2, 2016 @ 4:47 am

    My best advice is to swap available parts and see if the problem follows those parts. Swap the bulbs left-to-right and see if the problem follows the bulbs or stays the same.

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  7. Zedo
    December 2, 2016 @ 5:01 am

    I would swap the stalk switch out for a 2003 Maserati Spyder Cambiocorsa in need of a clutch.

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    • kaibeezy
      December 3, 2016 @ 12:50 pm

      roughly similar cost and complexity… tempting

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  8. hugh crawford
    December 2, 2016 @ 6:51 am

    Is the bulb in question a single filament or a two filament bulb ? Oh wait someone already mentioned that.
    Taking a piece of wire and hot wiring the relay is a good way of isolating the problem.

    I have no idea what they use in a 2001 Citroën but the thing with the bimetalic spring that heats up and goes "sproingk" in the older turn signals to make them blink will wear out and act like that.
    In my Porsche the contacts on the turn signal socket will get dirty ( I have no idea how, but they do) and the current draw falls below the amperage required to make the spring go sproingk and the light stays on and doesn't flash.

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    • kaibeezy
      December 2, 2016 @ 7:37 am

      ha! – i thought it was a joke like the blinker fluid – i ordered some bulbs, didn't notice the filaments, but did notice there are two offset pins on the sides of the base, which means the bulb can only be inserted one way, which means the contacts matter, which must mean it had two filaments, right? – i'll go try it out when the sun ekes up this afternoon (Arctic circle and all that)

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  9. The Special War
    December 2, 2016 @ 3:09 pm

    How did you make out kaibeezy?

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  10. JB1025
    December 2, 2016 @ 5:26 pm

    So your being stalked by a french ghost…..!

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  11. Eloquaint
    December 3, 2016 @ 12:41 am

    I don't know about le France but on my Audi you could get the multifunction switch apart, clean the green German corrosion off of the contacts, then once you found all of the springs and contacts that had flown across the room re-assemble and be on your way. Getting the steering wheel off in the dark with a flashlight in your teeth to get the switch off the column is another story.

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  12. hugh crawford
    December 6, 2016 @ 11:17 pm

    So what happened?
    I hope Kaibeezy didn't get done in by the self canceling mechanism on the blinker wand.
    The French can get a little over zealous when it comes to self canceling. A friend was driving a Renault and the entire car self canceled after a left turn.

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    • kaibeezy
      December 7, 2016 @ 12:23 am

      what happened with the Xantia's blinker is it's been SO FRIGGIN COLD HERE that fuhgeddaboudit – but, really oddly, this evening, the temperature went up like 20 degrees in a couple of hours – so tomorrow is looking better – unless it rains

      anyway, i think it's got to be the switch, since it gets into the groove when i jiggle it just right – which is probably the ghost of some 80s vintage French engineer's way of giving me an important life lesson – peut-être i leave it like so, oui?

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