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Turn signal switch is dead. Not working at all. Not sure where its located to replace the switch

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  • Gary Loney
    Gary Loney May 11, 2010

    do you mean the turn signal flasher unit, or the switch which is the lever on you steering wheel?



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The electronic flasher is located under the dash just to the right of the steering column above the accel pedal.It has a 5 wire connector wire colors are W/R,LB,Y/LB,P/O,BK.

Posted on Feb 02, 2009

  • Chuck Martin
    Chuck Martin Feb 02, 2009

    If it is the multi function switch that is bad you do not have to remove the steering wheel.Just remove the plastic covers around the steering couln and you will see 2 screws that hold the switch on.


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Hi how are you? the turn signal switch is behind your steering wheel in the column.must remove horn assembly.then steering wheel,use puller to remove remove clip that holds steel plate.(tool required).remove plate.then remove any steering column covers/plastic.then remove screws for turn signal switch.unplug wires and remove.then reinstall in reverse.

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SOURCE: Turn Signal Switch where is it located

The turn signal switch is located on the left hand side of the steering column. You have to remove the air bag (be aware, if you remove the air bag incorrectly, it could activate and cause an injury) and the steering wheel to replace the turn signal switch. The stalk that is sticking out of the left side of the steering column is attached to the switch that controls the turn signal. Either get a good repair manual or take the car to an authorized repair station for that type of car for this repair

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SOURCE: turn signals inside and outside of car do not work

Did you replace the turn signal flasher unit?
Put in a electronic flasher when changing it.

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- To check the brake light fuse, open the passenger door and remove the fuse panel cover that is located around the corner from the glove compartment. On the back side of the fuse panel cover there should be a fuse location chart. The brake light fuse is #23, located in the socket that is dead-center among the mini fuses. I believe it is supposed to be a 15A fuse. Confirm the condition of the brake light fuse and replace if necessary. If the fuse fails again, determine and correct the cause.
- Also, see if the center brake light is working properly. If it is, then the brake light switch is working. If the center light is not working, the brake light switch is suspect. That switch is a spring-loaded plunger switch that is of the "normally closed" variety. In this application the switch is usually held open by the brake pedal arm, except when he pedal is depressed. Then the spring within the switch holds the contacts closed so that the brake lights will operate.
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See attached photo.

Spacer (piece of rubber tubing?) is used to apply rearward pressure on turn signal lever. I have not disassembled the switch assembly, but evidence suggests that electrical contacts inside the switch depend on the mechanism being positioned properly. If the internal positioning device failed (perhaps the lever was pushed forward) then an external device can be made to hold the lever and switches in proper location.
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