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Old 10-29-11, 06:55 AM   #1
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Question Turn signal flasher - how to replace? (for LED conversion)

Hello everybody,

I've searched left and right and it seems that no info was ever posted on this topic...

I'm planning to put LED bulbs into turn signals in my 2008 RX350. Part of the process (and to avoid having load resistors hanging of four corners of the vehicle) is to install LED-compatible turn signal flasher relay which is a direct plug'n'play replacement to the OEM relay.

This is to prevent "hyper-flashing" effect - with OEM relay I'd get three-times faster flashing turn signals (because LEDs consume less power - OEM relay "thinks" that a bulb is out).

I've found a diagram on the Net, looks like on RX330/350 location of the flasher relay is different compared with RX300. In RX300 it was accessible from under the steering wheel area - drop the cover(s) and you get access to a large panel with fuses, the flasher relay hangs close to it's right side.

In RX330/RX350 it looks like the flasher is on a separate "Relay Block No.1" which is buried somewhere deep in the dash, on the left, behind the left AC/heating vent, looks like it is close to the engine compartment firewall. That is unless I'm misreading the diagram. I'm attaching the diagram, look for the "T9" element - it is the flasher relay.

Question to the all-mighty collective wisdom :
Would anyone happen to have instructions on how to get access to replace the flasher relay in 2008 RX350?

Really don't want to get into disassembling half of the dash just to get to it... Hope there is an easier way... looking at the diagram - it might be a faint hope though...

Many thanks for reading this!

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