Speedometer, door locks, gear shift all the lights turn off while making turns

Tiny
LIONELL8732
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  • 1996 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
  • 3.4L
  • V6
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 129,000 MILES
I am trying to figure out why everytime I make a left or right turn my speedometer, door locks, gear shift all the lights goes off while making turns. I recently replace the headlight switch because I thought that was the problem and no it wasn't. So once the lights blinks off I turn the switch from being on to off then back on and everything lights up until I make turns. Once all the light shut off my brake lights and blinkers still works fine. When driving straight I be good just when I turn.
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Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 AT 10:50 PM

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Tiny
LIONELL8732
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  • 1996 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
  • 3.4L
  • V6
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 129,000 MILES
I am trying to figure out why every time I make a left or right turn my speedometer, door locks, gear shift all the lights goes off while making turns. I recently replace the headlight switch because I thought that was the problem and no it wasn't. So once the lights blinks off I turn the switch from being on to off then back on and everything lights up until I make turns. Once all the light shut off my brake lights and blinkers still works fine. When driving straight I be good just when I turn.
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Saturday, April 17th, 2021 AT 6:44 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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That is an odd issue. However, I suspect you either have a short in the harness that is getting rubbed when you turn the wheel or more likely you have an issue in the clockspring.

Here are some guides that talk about this:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/symptoms-of-a-bad-airbag-clock-spring

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/steering-wheel-clock-spring-removal

If it were me, I would replace the clockspring and retest the issue.

I attached the info from the manual below on how to do this. Please let us know what questions you have. Thanks
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Saturday, April 17th, 2021 AT 7:10 PM
Tiny
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Okay, going to look into this situation ASAP.
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Saturday, April 17th, 2021 AT 8:56 PM
Tiny
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Hi,

I looked through a few wiring schematics. I see one thing which is common in the affected areas. It looks like the clock spring in the steering wheel can be the cause. What I suggest is to follow the directions above and inspect the clock spring. I have a feeling that could be the issue.

Let us know.

Joe
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Saturday, April 17th, 2021 AT 10:33 PM
Tiny
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Okay, I will look into it.
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Saturday, April 17th, 2021 AT 10:36 PM
Tiny
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Sounds good. Let us know what you find or if you have other questions.

Take care,

Joe
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Saturday, April 17th, 2021 AT 10:43 PM
Tiny
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Okay.
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Saturday, April 17th, 2021 AT 11:05 PM
Tiny
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Part just arrived today. Will install tomorrow morning and I hope this solves my issues.
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Saturday, April 24th, 2021 AT 1:09 PM
Tiny
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Sounds great. Thanks for the update. Let us know how you make out.
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Saturday, April 24th, 2021 AT 6:37 PM
Tiny
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Part was all bad.
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Sunday, April 25th, 2021 AT 3:00 PM
Tiny
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Another picture of the part.
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Sunday, April 25th, 2021 AT 3:21 PM
Tiny
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Wow! Not a lot left to the wiring. Is the new one installed and working properly?

Let us know.

Joe
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Sunday, April 25th, 2021 AT 7:05 PM
Tiny
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Yes, the new one is installed and is working properly. When I turn left and right no more problem with the lights turning off. I just want to say thanks for helping me get this issues solved.
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Sunday, April 25th, 2021 AT 7:16 PM
Tiny
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You are very welcome. Please feel free to come back anytime in the future. You're always welcome here.

Take care of yourself,

Joe
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Sunday, April 25th, 2021 AT 9:20 PM
Tiny
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Okay, thanks.
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Sunday, April 25th, 2021 AT 9:21 PM

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