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I'm going from a 2009 to a 2019. Do the 2019s still use a replaceable relay for the flashers or will I need to buy specific LED turn signal bulbs with load resistors?

I bought electronic flasher relays from superbrightleds.com for both of my 2009 and 1998 RAV4s, but they don't give any indication of one for the 2019s.
 

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I'm not actually sure but I doubt newer cars have separate flasher relays. That function is probably incorporated in a body control ECM.
When I converted the rear signal lights on my '18 Accord from incandescent which I consider ancient technology to LED I wondered if I'd get hyper-flash considering the front signals are factory LEDs. I did. So rather than check for a relay I wired a 10 ohm power resistor on the back of each taillight fixture. Problem solved. Permanently.
 
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Turn signal click volume is adjustable(low med high) in customization with Techstream, so I'd say it's not an old style flasher.
 

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I wonder if they just moved the relay to the engine compartment and are generating the audio via speaker so the volume can be adjusted.
 

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I wonder if they just moved the relay to the engine compartment and are generating the audio via speaker so the volume can be adjusted.
Open the hood and listen for a relay?
 

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Open the hood and listen for a relay?
Yep. I was going to do that when I swapped out the backup bulbs for LEDs, but it was getting dark.
Ok, I lied. I forgot, and then it got dark. :)
 

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Since the backup lights don't flash the car wouldn't care how much current they draw.
 

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Since the backup lights don't flash the car wouldn't care how much current they draw.
That is accurate. I did not mean to imply that the backup bulbs had anything to do with the flasher relay, just that I was out there doing stuff and forgot.

Checked this morning. No clicking anywhere else in the vehicle except for the turn signal noise behind the instrument cluster. That's disappointing--I really didn't want to have to waste electricity on "load" resistors just to use LEDs in the turn signals. It kinda defeats part of the purpose of using LEDs.
 

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I'm going from a 2009 to a 2019. Do the 2019s still use a replaceable relay for the flashers or will I need to buy specific LED turn signal bulbs with load resistors?

I bought electronic flasher relays from superbrightleds.com for both of my 2009 and 1998 RAV4s, but they don't give any indication of one for the 2019s.
I replaced every bulb in my RAV with LED, as long as you get the Canbus compatible LEDS for the turn signals they will not cause hyper flash.


I got those from amazon, plugged them in and had no hyper flashing at all.
 

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I got those from amazon, plugged them in and had no hyper flashing at all.
I bought those same ones last year for my 2009 RAV4. I tried them in my 2019 last night and they did the same fast-flashing as my 2009 until I bought the replacement relay.
Are you sure that was the right link?
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I bought those same ones last year for my 2009 RAV4. I tried them in my 2019 last night and they did the same fast-flashing as my 2009 until I bought the replacement relay.
Are you sure that was the right link?
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Weird yea I tested them with some other Sylvania ones I have and they hyperflashed. I then threw those in and had no hyper flashing. That's kinda weird cuz I didn't do any replacement relays.
 

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Huh. Well, maybe they changed the design since last year. If all else fails, I'll just have to add the load resistors afterwords. Fingers crossed.
 
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