1998 Dodge Caravan Turn signals work intermitently

Tiny
JONMAR
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  • 1998 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 141,000 MILES
My turn signals work at times than just stop. There are times when I first start the car, especially when it it is very cold, I notice the ignition switch does not retract back all the way and my signals do not work. If I physically turn the ignition back a bit, my signals will begin to work. However, there are other times when no mater how much I jiggle or turn the ignition switch, my signals will not work. There are times when I have the signal on to make a turn and before I make the turn it willl just go off. Everything else works fine, just my turn signal issue. Does the ignition switch have anything to possibly do with this problem?
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Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 AT 1:09 PM

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Tiny
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I don't think the ignition key has anything to do with your problem, except the fact that it is located close to the turn signal switch. I believe your problem is within the multi-function switch. Here is to test it.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/55316_98caravanmfs_1_1.jpg



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http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/55316_98caravanmfsfig3_1.jpg

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 AT 11:18 PM
Tiny
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Thanks Zachman, I reallly appreciate your response. One question. Why when at times I mess with the ignition my signals begin to work? Is the ignition switch tied at all to the turn signal function? Or is it just a coiencident?

Thanks for your help,

John
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Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 AT 7:38 AM
Tiny
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I believe that just coincident. Your key is located just a hair from the multi-function switch. There is a chance that while you are pushing and shoving the key, you "engage" the turn switch to make connection, and other times, no matter what you do, it won't make a difference.
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Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 AT 7:57 PM
Tiny
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Zackman,

Thank you very much for your feedback and your excellent knowledge, it is very much appreciated. I will proceed with your advice.

Thanks again,

John
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Friday, January 23rd, 2009 AT 7:44 AM
Tiny
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[quote]I did end up buying a turn signal switch for my 1998 Caravan, how difficult is it to replace it? Does the wheel need to be pulled. I searched everywhere for instructions but can not find any.[Quote]

MULTIFUNCTION SWITCH R & I
Removal & Installation
Disconnect negative battery cable. Remove upper and lower steering column shrouds. Disconnect
multifunction switch electrical connector. Remove screws holding switch to steering column adapter
collar. Remove multifunction switch. To install, reverse removal procedure.
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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 AT 11:58 AM

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