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Want to learn more about Indicator Light Bulb changes?

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What does an indicator bulb do?

Indicator lights are mounted around the car, on each corner and the side wings, and sometimes even in the door mirror units and advise other road users of your directional change intentions. The light units are usually illuminated by a single bulb, which is clear in the case of amber coloured lenses or amber in the case of clear lenses.

How does an indicator bulb work?

indicators come on once the circuit is connected by the driver using the indicator control stalk. The power then either goes through a relay which clicks on and off to provide the “winking” effect or through the body control unit to do the same.

The hazard warning switch works in a similar way but through a different route in order to use all the indicator bulbs and not just those on one side.

How do you know something is wrong with your indicator bulb(s)?

  • On some vehicles the indicators will start to flash much quicker if a bulb is out
  • With some models you may get a bulb out warning on the dashboard
  • You are advised during a routine service
  • The vehicle fails the MOT on a faulty indicator.
  • You are advised verbally by someone, maybe even a police officer!

When should you consider an Indicator Light Bulb replacement?

Over time, the indicator light bulbs can simply fail. In many cases, though, it can be that there are other issues why a bulb fails to work properly. Fuses can blow, the wiring's condition can deteriorate or connectors and sockets can fail due to corrosion or heat, which prevents a good electrical connection.

Considering the risks of driving with defective indicator lights it is important to have the defective rear lamps inspected as soon as possible and, if necessary, have the bulb replaced.

How common is an indicator bulb replacement?

Over a vehicles lifetime you would expect to have to change at least two or three bulbs, the same as any other bulbs

What can I do to extend the lifetime of an indicator bulb?

Apart from visually inspecting the indicator light unit for cracks and any water ingress, there is not a lot you can do.

What happens during an indicator bulb replacement?

  • Mechanic will inspect the faulty light unit, fuses, wires, sockets and the bulb.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the faulty indicator bulb.
  • Mechanic will advise if any other parts need to be replaced.
  • Mechanic will test the light(s) again to ensure the lights function properly.

Are indicator lights checked during an MOT?

Yes, indicator light bulbs are checked during an MOT and can result in a failure if found to be:

  • Missing completely
  • Not securely attached
  • Defective lens
  • Not emitting enough light

Can you drive with a broken indicator light?

No, as it is not only dangerous to drive with a broken indicator light it is also against the law. It is not safe to drive with a broken indicator light because it can cause confusion for other drivers and can lead to fatal accidents.

How much does an indicator bulb replacement cost?

The cost of replacing an indicator light bulb depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having the indicator light bulb replaced by ClickMechanic, by selecting your car at the top of this page!

Check out the ClickMechanic price for an indicator light bulb change, and find out what you would pay at a franchise dealer. We use industry standard data & millions of data points so you know what you should be paying. These estimates may include Side repeater lamp and Side repeater lamp. We have indicator light bulb change prices for 21 different manufacturers.

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Alfa Romeo

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Audi

£59 £47 - £165 Get exact price

BMW

£69 £57 - £156 Get exact price

Citroen

£41 £29 - £107 Get exact price

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£42 £31 - £110 Get exact price

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£40 £30 - £133 Get exact price

Honda

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£64 £108 - £109 Get exact price

Kia

£54 £48 - £111 Get exact price

Mercedes-Benz

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MINI

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Nissan

£43 £31 - £117 Get exact price

Peugeot

£38 £32 - £107 Get exact price

Renault

£56 £46 - £137 Get exact price

SEAT

£36 £35 - £101 Get exact price

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£75 £96 - £96 Get exact price

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Toyota

£50 £45 - £116 Get exact price

Vauxhall

£36 £29 - £116 Get exact price

Volkswagen

£59 £35 - £147 Get exact price

Volvo

£68 £122 - £122 Get exact price

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Recent Indicator Light Bulb change quotes

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Nottingham
£28.73

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