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3-Flash Komfort Blinker Mod
for Volvo 240


     UPDATED: November 26, 2022                    CONTACT       
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Back in 2010 I drove a late model BMW E60 M5 on a cross-country road-trip and I fell in love with the "Komfort Blinker" feature.
This feature allows you to momentarily tap the turn signal lever left or right and you get three successive flashes from your blinkers.
This makes lane changes a bit nicer (assuming you use your blinkers).


Here's a cheesy video for you, but it demonstrates this perfectly.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpy0HqsyL8U


  If you think I'm just lazy, you can continue to pull and hold the lever when changing lanes or passing. However, in my opinion, once you try this you'll agree it's a nice feature.
This feature later became standard in many new cars, including my wife's Subaru, so evidently it's pretty popular too. 
I liked this feature enough that in 2010 I decided to figure out how to make this work for my 240. 


I did some research and discovered Volkswagen and Audi also began adding this feature to their cars beginning about 2006. 
These cars use a small simple blinker relay, VW or Audi PN 000 953 227A (or 000953227A).  After obtaining one of these relays on-line (cost was about $60 shipped from Germany), I set out to discover how it functioned and to find out if it could be wired into my 240 blinker circuit.  This took some studying and experimentation, but I was successful.  Installing this relay into a 240 makes the blinkers work exactly the same way as the BMW, VW, Audi or any new cars with this feature.  It does not affect the normal operation of the blinkers or the emergency 4-way flashers.

A pleasant surprise I also discovered was that in addition to getting 3 flashes when you momentarily tap the lever, if you hold it for about 1/2 second you get 4 flashes.  I don't know if that's an intended feature in this relay, but it works this way in a Volvo.

I created a diagram below for those of you who want to do this in your own Volvo
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The VW/Audi relay has five poles, just like any standard 5-pole power mini relay. Connecting it to the blinker system is as simple as splicing FOUR wires from the emergency flasher switch and then connecting one wire to ground.  This operation might also be just as successful in any Volvo 700 or 900 series, or in nearly any car (probably any European car) that uses
an emergency flasher switch and a blinker flasher relay similar to the Hella 3-pole flasher relay used in these Volvos. 


I also installed this mod in a 5-series BMW (E28) for someone else. That diagram is shown below also.

Volvo 240 Komfort Blinker Diagram

This mod was completed in 2010. This diagram is also available as a PDF here:
www.davebarton.com/pdf/blinkerdiagram2.pdf



BMW 5-Series (E28) Komfort Blinker Diagram

I also did this mod in a 1988 BMW M5 (E28) and it was successful.  PDF Diagram below:
www.davebarton.com/pdf/blinkerdiagram-E28.pdf





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