Blinkers will not work

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MARINA RIGGENBACH
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  • 2004 CHEVROLET MALIBU
  • 126,400 MILES
So my blinkers will would work sometimes. So I changed the multi-function switch thought that was going to fix the problem, nope. I am not a mechanic but I feel like it is the wiring if it was a fuse it would it not work at all, right? Just do not know what to do. When I first put the new switch in would not work at all then I tried them while driving worked then they just quit working again. Please help!
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Thursday, October 4th, 2018 AT 9:58 AM

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Tiny
MARINA RIGGENBACH
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I got it figured out it was the hazard switch the switch was bad after I already put in the new multi functioning switch and it did not work at first then it worked for a few and quit working. My dad is actually the one that got the idea of the hazard switch because it was not working either. So I put the new switch in and boom both work now.
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Friday, October 5th, 2018 AT 11:27 AM
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KEN
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Yep, that trick works good. Tell you dad nice work from us, sorry we did not get to you sooner. Use 2CarPros anytime, we are here to help. Please tell a friend.

This guide can help others:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/turn-signals-not-working-blinker

Cheers, Ken
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Saturday, October 6th, 2018 AT 4:11 PM
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GP_GUY
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  • 2004 CHEVROLET MALIBU
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
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  • 70,000 MILES
When you manipulate the stalk to signal for a left turn, the dash indicator flashes, more rapidly than for a right turn. The rear signal works. I replaced the front turn lamp, but the problem persists. Can you assist? Thanks.
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Saturday, October 6th, 2018 AT 4:12 PM (Merged)
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JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Are both front and rear working? If so, have you replaced he flasher?
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Saturday, October 6th, 2018 AT 4:12 PM (Merged)
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FELLCOLE
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  • 2004 CHEVROLET MALIBU
Relay is fine. Bypassed the relay and lights come on. I would like to know which wires to check or a wiring diagram to check the wires. Diagram would be preffered. Thank you
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Saturday, October 6th, 2018 AT 4:12 PM (Merged)
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SATURNTECH9
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So your back up lights are inop?Do you have a multimeter to do some testing?
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Saturday, October 6th, 2018 AT 4:12 PM (Merged)
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FELLCOLE
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Yes I do, so im thinking I have to trace the wires back to the switch or am I wrong?
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Saturday, October 6th, 2018 AT 4:12 PM (Merged)
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SATURNTECH9
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With the car in reverse at the neutral safety switch the yellow wire and the tan and white wire should both have less then 2 ohms to ground. Let me know what you find.
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Saturday, October 6th, 2018 AT 4:12 PM (Merged)
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FELLCOLE
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Just to make sure. The backup lights are also the signal lights right? Because the signal lights do not work. The relay I bypassed was for backup. Is there another relay at the rear for the signal lights? I havnt checked if the lights turn on when when backing up.
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Saturday, October 6th, 2018 AT 4:12 PM (Merged)
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SATURNTECH9
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I see two relays one in the underhood fuse box and looks like one is built into the body control module. So did you check what I asked you to check yet?If so what did you find?
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Saturday, October 6th, 2018 AT 4:12 PM (Merged)
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TINKERCHEL
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  • 2004 CHEVROLET MALIBU
  • 14,200 MILES
Tailight, brake light, and turn signal all on passenger side not working. Not the bulbs, electrical?
I went to get my passenger side brakelight and tailight replaced and they showed me the electrical socket, I guess that's what it's called, and the slightest tap and the bulb went out again, so they said it was an electrical problem. I paid for a diagnostic test and waited. That's when I realized I did have my brakelight replaced not too long ago, and that it shoudn't have burnt out that fast, but I didn't make the connection until just then. They replaced my bulbs right then and a few wires they said were fried; but because they were about to close didn't have time to do more and I needed my car so I left. But they warned it could go out at any time. After a few weeks, my lights went out again. I called back and asked how much it would be to get this new 'socket' and what the installation cost and labor would be, but they are giving me the runarounds and not responding. Maybe they don't want to do the work or know they overcharged me for what they did do (I'm a woman, it happens to me a lot) - I don't know, I just got a ticket from the police and I just want to get this fixed. So do you know about how much it would be to repair this, parts and labor? Am I looking at about $100 to $200 or something more than $500? And does this sound like it's the electrical socket or something else? I know I'll have to go somewhere else and pay another $100 for a diagnostic test, but I just want to get a rough idea of what I can expect to pay so I can be somewhat prepared. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Saturday, October 6th, 2018 AT 4:12 PM (Merged)
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HMAC300
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I'd think it should be less than 200 to fix this. When you say fried wires that is not good. I'd check around a few more shops if yo have htem in your area to see if they can look at it as well as fix it. Prices can vary accross the u.S. I'd check the wires and ground on this if the socket is bad i'd replace that as well. But i'still think it cold be fixed for under 2 bills.I can't beleive that the harness is messed up that bad and the socket can't cost that much either.
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Saturday, October 6th, 2018 AT 4:12 PM (Merged)
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CADIEMAN
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This socket can be purchased at the parts store for under $10 with a light bulb. Is it in the front or the rear? To replace the socket all you have to do is cut 3. Wires and then slice them back together and put the socket back in. This repair should be under $50. Just go to the parts store buy a socket and bulb and then take it to the repair shop and say how much to put this on. If it's in the rear you may be able to do-it-yourself. You can get a tub of axle grease take the bulb smearing all around the bulb but not on the glass part. The last the thing is to just put it back in and reinstall the socketand see if it blows again
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Saturday, October 6th, 2018 AT 4:12 PM (Merged)
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TINKERCHEL
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Thanks, it actually ended up being more of a problem than anticipated costing hundreds of dollars and on top of that my car stalled on my way to work and turns out I also was having ignition problems and a few other problems. I ended up trading it in for a new car, I just couldn't put not one more dollar in to repair that car. But thanks for all the feedback.
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Saturday, October 6th, 2018 AT 4:12 PM (Merged)
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2CARPROS-ARCHIVES
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The turn signal does not work but bulb is not bad. The parking light is the same bulb. How is this.
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Saturday, October 6th, 2018 AT 4:12 PM (Merged)
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JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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The bulb is a duel element bulb. One element can be bad and the other good.
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Saturday, October 6th, 2018 AT 4:12 PM (Merged)
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MBERICH
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  • 2004 CHEVROLET MALIBU
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 47,350 MILES
My Left Front Turn Signal does not flash, I replaced the bulb, but still no luck. The rear signal flashes repidly.
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Saturday, October 6th, 2018 AT 4:12 PM (Merged)
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BLACKOP555
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I would be checking for a damaged wiring for the turn signal affected or a bad rear bulb or wiring harness for the turn signal also, causing the feedback and fast flashing.
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Saturday, October 6th, 2018 AT 4:12 PM (Merged)
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SUPERDAYO
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  • 2004 CHEVROLET MALIBU
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
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  • 80,000 MILES
My turn signal(right front and back) isn't working. Turn signal(left front and back) are working. I tried to change the bulb(even tried to put the working bulb on the left side to the right) but still not working. The dashboard lights is good. When I hit the hazard switch, still the right front and back turn signal isn't working and again still left part is working. Emergency lights works on both sides. Can't figure it out.
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Saturday, October 6th, 2018 AT 4:13 PM (Merged)
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JDL
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Hello, the turn switch grounds the circuit for right and left turns. Dark green wire with white tracer shows to be the ground circuit for right turn. You can use a jumper as a test ground for the right turn signal, if the signal then works, the problem is in the wiring from the test point to the turn switch or the switch it self.

You might check for manufacturer specific codes, see if that shows anything.
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Saturday, October 6th, 2018 AT 4:13 PM (Merged)

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