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Avenger: I have a 2012 Dodge Avenger. When my headlights are

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I have a 2012 Dodge Avenger. When my headlights are on and I turn on the right turn signal, it starts to click really fast and dings. I just had every bulb checked, all the non LED ones are working. The guy said to try to unhook the battery for 30 minutes to reset something. Is it that simple? It looks very difficult to reach the battery.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Robert R replied 2 years ago.
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Can you run a test for me... Go out and start the vehicle and leave in park, turn on the right turn signal and go outside and check to see if ALL right turn signal bulbs are flashing... Post back the results and we can go from there....
There is an easy way to disconnect the battery with out actually accessing the battery itself. While out there, look under the hood on the driver strut tower. You should see the negative jump start attachment. If you remove this cable at that point it is effectively disconnecting the battery. Leave it unhooked a couple minutes and retest the bulbs..
Keep me posted on your results...
Thank you,
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes, car in park, started, right turn signal on, outside right back taillight LED are all on, all round dot like spots are lit up, even brighter than the left side.
Expert:  Robert R replied 2 years ago.
Are they blinking or just on solid? How about the front? Are the front lamps on and blinking fast also?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Solid and very bright. All the front lamps are on, blinking at a normal pace.
Expert:  Robert R replied 2 years ago.
Those are factory taillamp assemblies, correct?
Can you post the last 8 digits of the VIN and I also need to know the how many miles are on it?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
VIN: 1C3CDZAB0CN18628478, 820
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
And yes, factory taillamp
Expert:  Robert R replied 2 years ago.
Since everything is working properly except that right rear tail lamp and the lights in fact do light up, I suspect one of two problems causing this. Either the TIPM has disabled the right rear lamp for some reason and/or has electrically locked up. If this is the case, disconnecting the battery should at least get this temporarily working. If this keeps happening, then I suspect a problem with the wiring, lamp assembly or TIPM itself. IF this is the case, it would be best to have this diagnosed at the dealer as the TIPM is an onboard computer and will need to be interfaced with a scanner to properly diagnose the system. It may be as simple as a flash update or the TIPM may be faulty and needs to be replaced..
The other thing that comes to mind is that the Right rear lamp assembly may be faulty and causing this problem. Since there are LED's in this taillamp it must include the proper resistors to work properly with the TIPM, if the resistors are faulty it could be sending the wrong resistance value back to the TIPM making the TIPM think there is a problem and disable the circuit and flash the indicator fast as a owner warning that there is a problem...
While you were out there, did you see the battery cable jump start terminals on the left side under the hood? IF you did, disconnect the negative one for a few minutes then reconnect it to see if this helped... If you need help finding the jump start terminals let me know...
Keep me posted...
Thank you,
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you! I will try that when I get home!
Expert:  Robert R replied 2 years ago.
I'll be here in case you have any additional questions....
Thank you,
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The battery trick didn't do it. I think it's time for the dealership.
Expert:  Robert R replied 2 years ago.
Probably a good idea...
If you have them give you a printout of the codes, I can give you a second opinion if you like...
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