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2002 Chevy Malibu

My 2002 Chevy Malibu is making the turn signal sound when the turn signals are not turned on. It also is intermittently accompanied by a bell as if a door is ajar. What needs to be done to fix this?

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I have clicking noises too...I was told depending on what side you hear the clicking on is the side a light is ready to go out. Mine was on the right and sure enough a bulb went out in the passenger tail brake light. I fixed and replaced the bulb and the clicking went away. Later I noticed some corrosion on the wire connecting to the same area the bulb was replaced and shortly after, the bulb went out again and the clicking returned.....
Googling that "symptom" for the 2002 Malibu DOES point towards the hazard swith but it has been told to me and proven in my situation that it can also be a warning that something in the network of the lights and switches has an issue.

Posted on Aug 28, 2009

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To diagnose: does the clicking resume as normal when the turn signals or hazard switch activated? Then:
Multi function switch is damaged.(seems to be common) This unit consists of the two control arms(turn signals and wiper control) on either side of the steering column. It is easily replaced. Cost, app. 200 from GM or 160 aftermarket. GM product is TRW assembled in Mexico. Aftermarket is made in Taiwan. Firstly:

Disconnect battery.

There are 3 #20 Torx screws under the steering column shroud. Remove them and carefully separate shroud and remove. It takes a bit to worm the shroud around the column tilt lever. I didn't check but you may not even have to remove the lower section.

There is 1 #20 torx screw on top holding the MFS in place. It also has 2 guide pins on the bottom. Remove the screw and disconnect the 3 electrical pin connectors. Now remove and replace with new unit. I did notice the steel pin that operates the horn(it pushes in and out and sits against a rotating plate in front of the steering wheel) was a bit rough so I smoothed it out with a small file. Now put everything back in place.

Anyway, that should take care of the clicking. It worked for me.

Posted on Aug 16, 2009

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I have this same problem. I was told that it's caused by a short in the hazard light switch. A temporary solution is to just turn the switch on, then off again, otherwise you may need to take it to a shop or dealer.

Posted on Aug 15, 2009

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BEFORE you do anything check to see if you have air bags in which case disconnect the pos. terminal FIRST!!!

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