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Turn signals have quit working

My turn signals have gone from working sometime to now not working. When I turn the signal manually, I hear it but don't see any signal light. What is wrong or needs replaced. I have a 1998 Ford Explorer.

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  • rosey4412000 Nov 05, 2008

    It is both the front and back. I checked to see if I could see either by driving in front of glass doors at work to see my truck's reflection. When I tried, I did not see either front or back working. My emergency lights do work.

  • rosey4412000 Nov 06, 2008

    I had done an Internet search after submitting the question the first time, and found that it may be the turn signal switch/lever on the steering column. A friend a work, who works on cars alot, came to the same conclusion. He also told me that when I called the dealership to ask if there has ever been a recall on it. When there is a recall, the service to fix it is free; if not, I found a price for the part that I can tell them about and see if they can get it for the same price.



    Thank you for responding and helping.

  • rosey4412000 Nov 07, 2008

    Where is the turn signal switch located? My husband is trying to locate it but can't find it; he has the steering cover off now.

  • rosey4412000 Nov 08, 2008

    Yes, both are not working. I know that it may be a bad turn signal lever, but my husband is trying to replace the turn signal switch first (cheaper) and can't seem to locate it. Please let me know exactly where he should be looking (he has the steering column cover off now).



    Thanks for any help!!

  • stclist111 Dec 16, 2008

    95 ford explorer, can't find the turn singal relay, the haynes book shows that its under the dash, just right of the stering column, but I don't see what the book is showing for a 95. I did find a relay box with relays in it, but there not marked, and the manual for the truck does not say there turn singal relays.

  • David olmsted
    David olmsted May 11, 2010

    is it the front and back turn signals that dont work when you hit the switch

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It sounds like you either have a ground problem or you need to replace the turn signal switch

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    David olmsted Nov 08, 2008

    Many vehicles use a turn signal switch that is separate from the multifunction switch. The steering wheel will have to be removed to gain access to the turn signal switch on these vehicles. The following procedure is a common method of turn signal switch replacement:


    • Place the fender covers on the fenders.
    • Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    • Remove the steering column trim.
    • Remove the horn pad from the steering wheel.



    Steering wheel attachment. Courtesy of General Motors Corporation, Service Technology Group.


    • Remove the steering wheel and horn collar.
    • Use a suitable puller to remove the steering wheel.
    • With a suitable compressor, compress the preload spring to the lock plate. Compress the spring only enough to remove the snap ring.



    To remove the snap ring, use the compressing tool to relieve the pressure against the snap ring. Courtesy of General Motors Corporation, Service Technology Group.


    • Use a pick and a small flat blade screwdriver to remove the snap ring.
    • Remove the lock plate, horn contact carrier, and spring.
    • Remove the bolts at the upper steering column support and the upper mounting bracket from the column.
    • Disconnect the turn signal wiring connector.
    • Wrap tape around the wire and connector.
    • Remove the hazard warning knob from the column.
    • Remove the switch retaining screws and remove the switch.



    Remove the turn signal switch from the column. Courtesy of Chrysler Corporation.


    • Replace the switch and reverse these procedures for reinstallation.

    On vehicles equipped with cornering lights, the turn signal switch has an additional set of contacts that operate the cornering light circuit only. The contacts can receive voltage from either the ignition switch or the headlight switch. If the ignition switch provides the power, the cornering lights will be activated any time the turn signals are used. If the contacts receive the voltage from the headlight switch, the cornering lights do not operate unless the headlight switch is in the PARK or HEADLIGHT position.

    The most common complaints attributable to the flasher are too fast or too slow of a flashing rate. If the flasher is of the wrong type and rating, the amount of time required to heat the coil will differ from what the manufacturer designed into the circuit. Also, newer flashers that use electronic circuits will flash at an increased speed if one of the turn signal bulbs is burned out or the circuit is defective. If the flasher is rated higher than required, the flashing rate is reduced because it takes longer for the current to heat the coil.

    Check the size and type of light bulbs in the circuit. Use only the lamp size recommended by the manufacturer. If these checks do not correct the problem, test the generator output. Higher or lower voltage output than specified may cause the flasher rate to be incorrect. If the charging system output is within specifications, check for excessive resistance in the turn signal circuit. Check both sides of the circuit.

    If none of the turn signals operate, check the fuse. Next, check the flasher. Remove the flasher from the fuse box. Connect a jumper wire across the fuse box terminals. If the turn signal lamp operates with the lever in either indicator position, the flasher is faulty. If the lights still do not illuminate, test the turn signal switch.

  • David olmsted
    David olmsted Nov 08, 2008

    I got this Information for you at autozone.com just put in the year make and model in the current vehicle slot then click on the product and how to section then hit the T scroll down to turn signal switch click on that and then click on replace there you will see info on how to replace it with picture diagrams that didnt show up here

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