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Old 04-14-2004, 03:05 PM   #1
CF Freak
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Richmond, Virginia
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'96 pontiac Grand AM SE

Ok, here is my quandry of the day;

I own a 1996 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.4L and I was driving to work this morning with my headlights ON and the following electrical conundrum occurred:

I went to turn the left turn signal on (with headlights on) and I just got a solid green light on the dash and NO flashing of it nor the exterior lights. The exterior signals, front and back, illuminated but did not flash. I tried the right signal and it flashed correctly for about 6 times and then went solid just like the left. I tried the hazards and both the green arrows on the dash illuminated solid and did not flash. Exterior lamps were all on just not flashing when this was going on. I would flick the right signals on and the left and back and forth and the left never worked, I always got a solid green on the dash. The right would sometimes work for a few flashes but mainly just a solid illumination just like the left signal. The hazards always failed with two solid green indicator lamps on the dash.

I got to work and turned off the headlights with the left flasher turned on so that it was a solid light on the dash. The second the headlamps went off by the switch, the flasher all returned to normal. The second the headlamps were turned back on, the flashers ceased functioning again.

This tells me the flasher is ok, yet I am thinking that I have a bad turnsignal switch because the headlamps on/off switch is on the same lever. A ground problem should not have surfaced all of a sudden over-night should it? These cars are prone to electrical problems, I do know that. It has been raining here for several days but my signals have been fine till this morning.

One thing I have noticed in the past few months is that I would every now and then hit the left signal and it would be solid and then flick it again and it was fine and I could not get it to do it again. I dismissed it as a fluke thing. Now I am having a constant issue as of this morning.

Is anyone aware of how to properlly diagnose this to determine where the point of failure is. Any information would be stellar...thanks
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