Does anyone have any instructions on how to replace the hazard switch on a 2002 Old Alero. The switch was recalled however my car is out of warranty and therefore not covered. I was able to purchase the switch but an having difficulty in figuring out how to get the old one out. I removed the bezel around the instruments on the dash and can get access to the switch from the left side but an unsure how it disconnects/removes. Any help or diagrams would be appreciated.
I had the same problem this weekend and fixed it. I experienced the same difficulty. You need to remove a couple covers to allow good access to the back of the hazzard switch. First remove the vent that is located just ot the right of the hazzard switch. There are 2 metal clip at the botton side of the vent. Push up on the clips with a screw driver and pull the vent out. Next remove the black plastic bezzel for the gauges. The bezzel is held in place with 2 screws. Now you should have access to the hazzard switch from the left and right side. The hazzard switch mounts (clips) into a black plastic bracket. I was not able the remove the hazzard swich by pressing on the 2 clips, so I removed the 3 screws that held the bracket to the dash and removed the entire assembly. Hope this helps. I only ended up with a few minor scratches.
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The signal lights and hazard flashers work off of separate plug in modules generally easy to get to under the dash behind the steering wheel area. With the blinkers on you can touch the module and feel the clicking inside. Look for a black or blue square boxy looking thing with three or two terminals coming out of it, about the size of a golf ball. One will be for hazards and one for blinkers. Ask at the parts store for the turn signal blinker module and then replace either one first to test to see if it corrects the problem and if it doesn't, put the old module back in place and replace the other with the new one (if they appear identical - interchangeable).
Those are the typical symptoms of a problem with the mutifunction switch. The dielectric grease becomes impregnated with metal flakes, which jumps the contacts inside the switch. The clicking that you hear is the flasher relay located behind the glove compartment. Replacing the switch is not that hard for a DIYer. Some guys have remedied the problem by taking the switch apart, cleaning out the old grease, and applying new grease. File In Section: Product Recalls Bulletin No.: 01073A Date: July, 2002 PRODUCT SAFETY RECALL SUBJECT: 01073A - STOP LAMPS/HAZARD LAMPS INOPERATIVE MODELS: 2000-2001 CHEVROLET BLAZER AND TRAILBLAZER (CLASSIC); GMC JIMMY AND ENVOY (CLASSIC); AND OLDSMOBILE BRAVADA (CLASSIC) 2002 CHEVROLET BLAZER; GMC JIMMY AND ENVOY (CLASSIC) This bulletin cancels and replaces bulletin 01073, issued April, 2002. All copies of bulletin 01073 should be destroyed. Due to parts availability, this recall was administered in two phases. This is the second and final phase of the recall. The Parts section has been revised to include parts for this second phase.
there may ber a recall on this problem, it is caused by the turn sigfnal/hazard flasher combination switch relay in the dash, check with the dealer 1st on the recall to see if it applies if not then u will need to replace the flasher unit in the dash, the switch is part of the hazard button and is located behind the ceter panel of the dash here is the whole recall.
2002 CHEVROLET MALIBU -- In December 2004, GM issued a special policy for MY 1999-2000 Alero, Grand Am and Malibu vehicles not covered under recall 03V327. The policy covered turn signal/hazard flasher failure for a period of 10 years or 150,000 miles (whichever occurred first) to provide a no cost replacement of the hazard switch. GM sent letters to owners starting December 30, 2004. In January 2006, GM will update the special policy to include MY 2002 Alero, Grand Am and Malibu vehicles not covered under recall 03V-327. The policy covers turn signal/hazard flasher failure for a period of 10 years or 150,000 miles (whichever occurs first) to provide a no cost replacement of the hazard switch. GM will send letters to owners starting late April 2006. The actions taken by the manufacturer is sufficient to resolve the issues raised by this investigation. The closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that no safety-related defect exists. The Agency reserves the right to take future action if warranted by the circumstances. Investigation was initiated on September 27 2005. Closed on January 13 2006. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE05055 »
Hello, having same problem with my car hope this article helps there was a recall here's the information...
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HAZARD FLASHING WARNING LIGHTS:SWITCH
AUG 28, 2003
Potential Units Affected
Recall SummaryCERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES HAVE HAZARD WARNING SWITCHES THAT MAY EXPERIENCE SOLDER JOINT CRACKING CAUSED BY RAPID TEMPERATURE TRANSITIONS AND THE SOLDERING PROCESS. IF SOLDER JOINT CRACKING OCCURS AND RESULTS IN AN OPEN CIRCUIT, THE TURN SIGNALS/HAZARD LAMPS BECOME INTERMITTENT OR INOPERATIVE.
ConsequenceWHEN THE TURN SIGNALS ARE INOPERATIVE, THE DRIVER CANNOT USE THEM TO SIGNAL INTENT TO TURN THAT COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
RemedyDEALERS WILL REPLACE THE HAZARD WARNING SWITCH. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 5, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, PONTIAC AT 1-800-620-7668, OR OLDSMOBILE AT 1-800-630-6537.
There is a Chevy Recall on this. Its 100% free to have them fix it. I have the same problem on my 2001 Alero. I will be turning and the blinker will just stop working. Call 1-800-630-6537 between 8am-11pm EST. Ask them about the Recall and they will help you.
www.rockautpparts.com part number 1S8422 Hazard Warning Switch. $33.96 total cost. My 2002 Alero had switch in dash, not part of grill. Had to remove speedometer bezel and speedometer. Then take two small straight slots to put on holder to push tabs down to release. Patience is a virtue on this.
In Olds Alero the flasher is intergrated into the hazard light button. It is all one assembly in the dash. It is in the $40 dollar range, but that is the only way to fix the flashers is to replace assembly. You must remove the plastic housing from around the dash cluster to reach. It is located to the right of the dash cluster. If you are good with your hands you will be able to get it out without taking out the cluster. Be careful, it is held in place with plastic snaps. Part number is on the assembly and it is GM exclusive.