1997 GMC Jimmy Turn Signal Flasher/Hazard Flasher

Tiny
CLAY51
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1997 GMC Jimmy 6 cyl Wheel Drive Type unknown Automatic 127140 miles

Okay, I am having the same problem as another user on this forum, I have taken the dash down just enough to reach up under it, but I CAN NOT find the darn turn signal OR the hazard flasher. My hazard flasher clicks and flashes all the signal lamps, but my turn signal just stays steady on, I bought the vehicle used recently and I actually got the original owner manual BUT it does not show where or how to replace the turn signal flasher. I can hear the hazard flasher clicking behind and up inside the dash (near the radio), but I can not locate it at all.

I was hoping to actually be able to remove the hazard flasher and put it in the non working turn signal flasher plug.

On all older cars I had owned these things were, #1. turn signal flasher was mounted in a plug on the end of the wires near the fuse box, the hazard flasher was actually mounted(plugged into) ON the fuse block.

So why have the STUPID VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS made these flashers so hard to find and replace? Shouldn't these be in an EASY ACCESS PORT for simple replacement like in the older cars (pre 1980's)?

I just do not understand why the manufacturers have made this one component so hard to locate and replace when it's a CHEAP PART, not something so major that you need a mechanic to replace it.

Any help here would be greatly appreciated as I really detest NOT being able to signal lane changes or turns until I can get this fixed somehow.

Thank you,
Clay Fugitte


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Sunday, December 23rd, 2007 AT 3:40 PM

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Tiny
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The hazard and turn signal flasher is located in the power distribution center. Might want to check this fuses. Fuse 1 15amp and fuse 16 20amp in the fuse block
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Sunday, December 23rd, 2007 AT 4:07 PM
Tiny
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But isn't the power distribution center the "fuse block"? If not, then where is it and what is it? There are so many different areas on vehicles with cables and wiring that I have no idea which one this would be. Nor do I see any mechanical flasher devices near or on any of these areas where wiring starts (or ends?) At.

I know the fuse access port is on the drivers side of the vehicle and I looked at those, but if a fuse were blown, then why would the lights come on at all? Other vehicles I've had the flasher go bad on did what my '97 Jimmy is doing, if it were a fuse, the turn signal lamps or dash indicators wouldn't even turn on at all. This is why I have serious doubt this could be a blown fuse. I'm close to 100% sure the mechanical flasher has gone bad and is in need of replacement, but I sure can't find it under the dash anywhere. And I'm sure there are supposed to be TWO of them, one for turn indicator and one for hazard indication and I DO HEAR the CLICK of the hazard flasher somewhere near the radio, but I can't get under the dash there because of the darn console being in the way of my getting to one bolt to remove the underside cover to gain access.

Car manufacturers are getting to be morons when placing components that are "pull & plug" components in hard to access and out of reach areas.
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Monday, December 24th, 2007 AT 7:56 AM
Tiny
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Figured it out after finding the flashers on my friend's Jimmy.

First you have to remove the black plastic piece over the lower air vents below the dash. Then you have to take out the ashtray, if equipped. There should be a few bolts on the front of the lower gray plastic piece (housing the cig lighter) as well as on the bottom of it. Once it's loose, pull it back a bit and with your eyes about level with the top of the plastic piece, you should see the flashers.

They are a pain to get at, but if you twist your arms around a bit you can get at them.

They are both Buss 552 units, and I would suggest getting two (in case you may need to replace both, otherwise you'll have an extra for another time.) I believe the 4-ways are the left flasher, and the turn signals are the right.
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Thursday, July 15th, 2010 AT 5:46 PM

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