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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:48 pm    Post subject:  Directional Signals Acting Up Reply with quote

Recently I have had problems with my turn signals but it doesn't happen all the time.

They will be working fine and then I'll try and turn them on and nothing happens. No lights blinking inside or outside the car. However, I'll turn on my hazard lights for a second and they work fine. I'll then immediately try my directional signals and they'll work again. It's almost like my hazard lights switch brings them back to life.

They'll continue to work for a day or two and then the problem will reappear and is quickly solved by the method above.

Any idea what might be causing this issue?

Thanks for any thoughts.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:54 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Replace the stalk...
i had the same problem in my 2000 and finally it just stops working....
are the high beams the same way?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:13 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The high beams seem to be fine so far.

I can't replace the stalk myself and it sounds like it could be an expensive job. Not something I can really afford right now.

I guess I'll just have to keep doing what I'm doing as long as it keeps working that way and hope for the best...at least until I can afford to have it taken care of.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:22 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Bundy wrote:
The high beams seem to be fine so far.

I can't replace the stalk myself and it sounds like it could be an expensive job. Not something I can really afford right now.

I guess I'll just have to keep doing what I'm doing as long as it keeps working that way and hope for the best...at least until I can afford to have it taken care of.


If you can, atleast order the stalk now so when it does break for good (it will, soon) you at least have it so you can take it to the mechanic.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:33 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

It's not the 'stalk' (aka Multifunction Switch)....

It's the hazard switch (which also is the flasher for the turn signals)

Replace the hazard switch and you'll be all set

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:51 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The hazard switch sounds cheaper so I'm already feeling a bit more at ease. Smile

Any idea how much it would cost (ballpark) to have it replaced at the dealer?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:53 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

No need to have a dealer do it... pick up the part and it's about a 20 minute operation..

Dash removal instructions are here:
http://impalahq.naioa.com/HowTo/Dash.html

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 10:02 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks for the information.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 10:07 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

bbengineer wrote:
It's not the 'stalk' (aka Multifunction Switch)....

It's the hazard switch (which also is the flasher for the turn signals)

Replace the hazard switch and you'll be all set

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:03 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Bundy wrote:
Thanks for the information.
Same here. Cool Now at least if I can ever come up with the $100 ( I won't risk a boneyard part when it's electrical except a light housing) I'll know what I'll be dealing with and the Haynes book will be also a help.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 9:18 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

EricJ wrote:
Bundy wrote:
Thanks for the information.
Same here. Cool Now at least if I can ever come up with the $100 ( I won't risk a boneyard part when it's electrical except a light housing) I'll know what I'll be dealing with and the Haynes book will be also a help.


I don't know what the part costs new, but I got one from the salvageyard for $10 andit worked fine for two years, then the daughter totaled the car.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 9:37 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

FWIW, you should be able to monkey around with the hazard switch to get by for a short while. I didn't have this problem, but my coworker did with her '01. I found that it was either going to be the multifunction switch or the hazard switch and suggested she play around with the hazards. For at least a year, she would just mess around with the hazards when the turn signals didn't work. Over time, it worked less and less, but, ultimately, replacing it did in fact fix it for them.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 2:01 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

bbengineer wrote:
It's not the 'stalk' (aka Multifunction Switch)....

It's the hazard switch (which also is the flasher for the turn signals)

Replace the hazard switch and you'll be all set

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Does the hazard switch house the relay for the rear tail lights?
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