2001 A4 turn lights blink once and fail

Hi, My 2001 A4's (1.8T Quattro) turn lights blink once or twice and then die down as if the battery went down or something. This happens with both the left and the right turn lights. But when the hazard switch is
pushed, the indicators work fine and continue to blink correctly. That probably means the bulbs are just fine. Any idea what the problem might be ? I found a similar post in this group (a post thats 2 years old, so I could not reply to that thread, it has been closed now): http://groups.google.com/group/alt.autos.audi/browse_thread/thread/9120cb26f96fc2fb/b49e45beae8518c4?lnk=gst&q=turn+lights&rnum=1#b49e45beae8518c4 In the above thread, the indicators seem to have failed even when the hazard switch was pushed. However in my case, they work fine then, but fail only when I use the right or left indicator switch.
Would appreciate suggestions/directions here.
Thanks, girish.
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This is a common issue. Faulty hazard relay switch. Unfortunately it is integrated into the hazard button in the center console, so the entire thing needs to be replaced.
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Thanks Pete, appreciate the prompt response. Is this something that I could do myself ? Just wanted to know how easy/complex a task it is.
girish.
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It's doable, although you have to be very careful when removing the center console trim not to break off the little clips that hold it in place. Removing the relay itself may be though too if you don't have the right tools. I just had mine done by the dealer - it's a 10 minute job. They still managed to break those little clips and I ended up getting a new trim piece.
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wrote

this shows quality,
it takes 15 seconds max to do the one in our Vauxhall Nova. Mind you we have done it twice in the last year so we've had the practice.
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mm mm ok. just checked with the dealership parts department. the relay itself costs $45. checked with the service department and they put the estimate at $150 for parts + labor :)
still thinking if i should take it to them....
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Yeah, that's a lot. Would make me think twice, too. ecstuning.com has it for $30. Then maybe you can find a local import indy shop that would swap it out for you for half the dealer's labor? If tell us where you are located, someone may be able to recommend a place. Or ask around on AudiWorld forums...
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Checked ecstuning.com and it works to around $40 with shipping. Will get it from dealership here locally $45 instead, so if theres a problem with the part, it will be easier to handle. I live in Santa Clara, California. Any one know of a good mechanic that could do this job ?
Thanks Pete for the info. girish.
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Bought it from a local Audi mechanic for $34 and fixed it myself. The blinkers work just fine now. Was quite an easy one to do. Took about 30 minutes for me, but I was being very very careful and slow when prising out the trim. And as Pete pointed out, you should be careful not to break the small clips that hold the trim. Cant understand why Audi cant keep the assembly simpler. May be because then they cant charge $100 for swapping it out. Thanks again guys for the advice, really appreciate it.
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