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My parents are repairing a 2003 kia rio that had been slightly wrecked. He is having an issue with the turn signal switch. Here is the email they sent me. I sure hope you can help. ,........i cant get the turn signals to work on the car the hazard lights work but not turn signals with the handle i have checked bulbs and fuses we put a new turn signal and hazard flasher thing in it and it wasnt that with the cover off i can turn the signals on by hand if i hold it over but not by handle see if they have an idea what may be causing it

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Since the lights themselves work there is not a power or fuse issue. Therefore it must be at the switch, which leaves either of three options:

  1. Least likely: Turnsignal stalk is not getting power, which comes from the ignition key/switch. See it it works with the key on, but before cranking the engine. test to see if it works with the key in the ACC mode. If these work, then the connection from the ignition switch to power the stalk when running is disconnected.
  2. Likely: The stalk switch is not connected properly or a connection has come off. Check all electrical connections to the stalk switch unit in the steering column.
  3. Most likely: The stalk switch itself is broken or damaged and needs to be replaced. Replacements can be found at (in order of most-to-least expensive) at your dealer, at (or similar online parts stores) or at your local pick-and-pull dismantlers. Check eBay in case the part is listed there, but it's unlikely.
Hope this helps.

Posted on Dec 29, 2008


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I believe without seeing it, that your turn signal assembly may need to be replaced. take it ti Advance Auto or Auto Zone, they will usually check it for free.

Posted on Jan 24, 2009

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