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Left turn signal stops working when steering column is pulled down.

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I had the same prob and took it to the dealer. They said it was due to a bad coupling at the steering column. Not sure if it was a parts issue or just a solder repair.

Posted on Oct 01, 2008

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SOURCE: left turn signal outside lamp, front and back do

Inspect the turn fuse under the hood. There are seperate fuses for L and R

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Sounds like its time for a turn signal switch. Something has come apart.

Posted on Aug 13, 2011

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