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99 Grand Am Turn Signal Relay Actuates By Itself

The turn signal relay will actuate by itself while driving or stopped. It is at a little faster rate than the normal. While it is doing this I can put on the turn signal and it works normally. When the turn signal cancells the relay can continue to actuate. The turn signal lights are not blinking at this time. Gently moving the turn signal lever doesn't seem to have an effect. The 4 way flashers seem to work fine. The relay clicking sounds like it is behind the radio. The problem is gradually getting much more frequent. Any ideas?

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  • paul_nee Mar 02, 2009


    I went to a salvage yard right near me for a used flasher. I put it in and it does the same thing. Do I have that bad of luck to get a defective one or is there something else causing this? Worst case I'll order a new one.

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2009

    i have the same peoblem with my 02 grand am and t i thought it was the hazzard switch i got a new one from the dealer and it did the exact same thing

  • vasseurb Apr 19, 2009

    I have the same clicking on a 2000 Grand Am. In about 2002 the hazard switch was replaced as part of a GM recall which solved the problem. I have just replaced it again due to the same clicking but this did not solve the problem. Others claim it's the mutifunction switch in the column and I have noticed that jiggling the signal light switch stops it sometimes.


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I had this problem quite some time ago and found a solution in a grand am forum. I rember I took off the top plastic panel on top of the steering column and there is a single screw (torx?) underneath. Remove the screw and the entire turn signal and wiper arms come up and off. There is a copper plate that will have grease in the slots, clean the grease off and it should be ok. It has been a while but I remember the clicking sounded like it was coming from the hazzard swith behind the radio but that was not the problem-it was the copper plate. It is an easy fix. Hope this helps.

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  • Gpulido04 May 25, 2011

    Right on. That was the same clicking that I heard from in back of the radio and i did the same thing and cleaned the copper plale and the problem went away. Very simple to do.


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This is a fairly common problem, to correct it you need to replace your flasher unit ($30) it is located directly behind the hazard light button on the dash.

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You need to replace the turn sgn switch in the columne.

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