Re: Running lights flashing with blinkers
Agree with the statement the LED's draw less current and with this feature, a different flasher is needed as OE, P/N 512, won't work as not enough current is drawn to 'trip' the flasher.
No side markers and your 'running lights' are the front parking lights and the rear LED set-up works fine on its own circuit. A
The oppposite running light, the parking light LED, losing some brightness when the opposite t/signal is selected, is indicating both parking lights dimming, you can't see the selected parking light because of the brighter t/signal LED is overruling in brightness.
I assume the front t/signals are connected with the rear flasher unit. You've found two fixes for the front problem - 1) separate power source why not jumper the front parking lights to the rear taillights? Yes, I know the headlamp switch does this, but still, a college try might reveal something; 2) insert a diode(s) - prevents feedback as in a check valve to fluid. Not an incorrect fix, but I read you would like for the system to work without them.
Is the power for the front t/signals from the same terminal/source as the front parking lights? You could always install a relay for parking light power using the parking light headlamp terminal as relay control and p/light source from the fuse panel.
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