The hazards work and the fuses and bulbs aren't blown. pretty sure the problem maybe in the wiring harness in the steering column since when i push the adjustable column all the way up, but not in a "locked" position, i can get the signals to work but they turn right off again when the steering column rests in one of the adjustable positions. also, sometimes i hear a weird sound coming from the column when i try to engage the turn signals. how do i check where the problem is?
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Re: turn signals wont work in 1997 ford explorer xlt
It sound as if the problem is in you switch and you will need a puller to get the steering wheel off also take the negative side off the battery before you start and remove the fuse for the air bags as well if you have a library near you there you can get all of the pictures and diagrams so you can do the job easier
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sounds like one of light bulbs was malfunctioning and caused the flasher unit to blink rapidly and iy burned out. Replace front and rear turn lite bulbs and see if flasher flashes. if not check fuse and replace fuse. If fuse okay replace flasher unit. Good luck
I'm not sure what you mean do you mean the emergency flasher
that's this what is happening exactly are the hazard flashers not working or is it the signals are not working or both ? before you spend any $$$ please check the fuses for both also go to every light bulb socket for the front parking/turn signals and the taillights and check for blown bulbs (if so if they are wet the lights leaking in water) if not change the bulbs and recheck again if bulbs are blowing out or fuses keep blowing the unit above may be shorted out inside for the hazards or the turn signal switch you can check by unplugging them and replacing the fuse then plug one in if the fuse blows you found the component that is the problem a wire may have broken off to so check each socket and a good length of the wires for breakage or the wires are exposed/bare copper touching the body blowing the fuse below is your turn signal switch to get to either one of these you must take off the plastic covers on the steering column everything that I have listed could be the cause here so the process of elimination will help you find the problem also check your owners manual or download it from ford for fuse location
Best thing is to do a Web search titled "1998 ford explorer wiring diagram". This will give you results which include fuse boxes and power boxes and color coded wiring routing. Check for other items that are on the same fuse as the turn signals to see if they work. The turn signal flasher unit could also be bad.
Lets start at the beginning. The turn signals and brake lights use different fuses but both go thru the turn signal switch and use the same bulbs. Have you checked the fuses for each circuit and does each switch have power in and out ?
Did you check to make sure all the bulbs are working? on some cars the flasher for the hazards work even when some bulbs are out but the turn signals will not. If you have blown bulbs replace them and it should work if not then you have one of a few cars that have two relays for the signals, one for hazards and one for turns signals.
Have you checked the r/f turn signal socket? Corrosion can build up in the socket causing high resistance in the circuit, not illuminating the bulb. Back probe the wires for the connector and make sure you don't have power before digging deeper into diagnostics. If you have power, make sure the other wire has a good ground.
Have you checked both low beam bulbs? I have seen both burn out close together.Does this have tilt steering wheel? If it does,remove the plastic steering column cover.Check the wiring to the dimmer/turn switch.The connector ends would pull out of the hard shell connector,when using the tilt feature.The wire harness was mounted too tight,and didn't allow for the angle in tilt.
Not even the third eye? then the fuse is blown or all the bulbs are out or the brake light switch on the break pedal is bad wire off or broken( it breaks right off the plug then crosses then blows the fuse as the loose broken wire hits the brake pedel arm. Test the break pedal switch first if the third eye doesesnt work either. no power with a test light the fuse is blown or the wire broke ( the wire goes straight to the switch from the fuse and doesnt go anywhere elese. the other wire if hot should light the lights. Most of these wont come out of park without this working as the wire also turns on the park release but some Fords the park release sticks released and Ford made em that way as they didnt like the brake to get out of park law. If the brake lights dont work maybe you ought not be able to get out of park anyway till its fixed. the switch is hot on both wires with the switch pused down and the lights dont still work go after the third eye first if the bulbs are bad change em before you do the rest of the work. on cars with yellow turn signals the brake lights all work on the same wire but red only use three wires, but you didnt say the turn signales didnt work if they work and they are red you r on the way to the turn signal switch as the brake switch powers the turn switch with power then it splites it fot the two lights and adifferent switch circuit for the front hooks them all together for hazard. yellow turns in the back or even separt bulbs can mean blown bulbs ther too its old enought for all the bulbs to fail and the runs still work.