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RadioMan
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11/25/2004
10:23:11

Subject: Turn signal problem
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From almost the first day I bought my new 02 Dak
Sport, 4.7, 4X4 I've had this problem with the
turn signal.

Many times when switching to make a left hand
turn, insted of just the front and rear plus the
dash left lights flashing, all the lights will
flash as if I turned the warning lights on. This
always happened making LEFT turns, NEVER right.

I never said anything to the stealership because
the next time I'd use it, it would work just fine.

Last week I finally got stopped by a cop. He asked
me why I was using my warning flashers to make
left hand turns. I didn't know this was happending
again untill I looked at the dash. I told the cop
I've been having this problem and now it's time to
*fight* to get it fixed.

I went to the stealership and I was VERY lucky the
left turn was acting up. A mechanic seen the
problem himself. We set a date to drop the Dak
off to repair. Guess what? Now the left turn
signal is working normal again!

The part number for the turn signal control for
a 02 Dakota is; 56049114AB and DC wants $44.00
for it. It's a 10 wire unit located under the
dash. The stealership doesn't even stock it! They
wanted me to pre-pay before they would order it.

I then asked them to see if there was any 3/36
bumper to bumper warrenty left. I was luckey,
there is! I told them to fix it free!

My question is, is anyone else having or had this
problem? If so, was it the control unit under the
dash or wiring at the turn signal switch or maybe
the switch itself?

I'm 100 and 1 percent sure that when the truck is
dropped off Monday the 29th and the left turn
signal works ok when they try it, that will be the
end of their trouble shooting!

Maybe your input to this problem will help me
locate the problem myself and forget all the trips
back to the hammer mechanics.




furball69
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11/26/2004
00:14:11

RE: Turn signal problem
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I've heard of wiring problems in the steering column; the harness is too short or something and wires chafe. I'm not sure if that is the problem in your case but I'm sure they'll fix it.



RadioMan
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11/30/2004
06:56:04

RE: Turn signal problem (follow up)
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I was correct. The system did not act up when the
truck was dropped off at the stealership. Plus
they claim they have never heard of this problem
before.

I did have them print me a copy of the work order
so I *might* have some clout when this problem is
100% of the time and the 3/36 warrenty is done.




Allan
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11/30/2004
08:38:28

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I had this problem quite a while ago with the indicators acting very strange. The right would operate okay but when I wanted the left indicator both sides would come on. The problem was solved by replacing the Combination flasher which is just to the left of the steering column under the dash. I pulled it apart an it has a small board with some electronics and a couple of relays.



garwood
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11/30/2004
10:18:27

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To add to the fray, I had no turn signals when I drove away yesterday morning when it was cold. This is a 2001 that I have only driven a little over 100 miles since I got it. What I noticed first was the radio wasn't on - totally dead, not even a clock. Emergency flashers DID work. Had a meter right on the seat and was going to check it out when I got to where I was going. Half mile from the parking lot everything started working again. Clock even had the right time. Have no schematic for this vehicle and from looking at the fuse labels can see no commonality of these circuits. Emergency flashers working really throws me for a loop. Looks like a thermal problem with a connector. I just might have to bypass a wire around it if it doesn't stay bad long enough. Anyone have this problem too?



RadioMan
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11/30/2004
12:50:14

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You know, my oldest son once said, the auto
industry is NOT the place for electronics. I must
say, I'm beginning to agree with him...

Did you see on the news where GM has had to
replace some sort of recalled electronics on
25 million cars and truck just this year alone?
GM said it is not a poor quality problem, just
break downs in electronic parts. WOW, if that
isn't poor quality then what is? You can't expect
to get quality electronics when your parts come
from sweat shops in China at the lowest bid!

DC, GM and Ford, get with the program!





Hokey
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3/30/2007
15:51:23

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I have just had the exact problem with my turn signals. What was your final solution???



Rik
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4/05/2007
21:41:58

RE: Turn signal problem
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I have the same problem on my 02 dakota and was told to replace the combination switch in the steering column, but two days later the problem showed up again.



RadioMan
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4/06/2007
06:40:50

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I fixed the problem by replacing the flasher
unit. A stealership buy only.

Read the post Allan left above for the location
of the flasher unit. You can change it yourself
with just a few tools.

No problems for well over two years now..




e_rocker
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5/25/2007
15:03:27

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I have the same problem. Left turn signal. It's NOT the bulb in yje rear driver's side, It's been in once - and they claimed that the warrenty covered it - but it's happened again TWICE since then.

Sometimes it goes away for a few days - Then resurfaces.

Apparently, based on what I read on this - and other boards, this problem is prevelent.



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5/25/2007
18:36:11

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I read in a newpaper column about similar problems. Turned out that the steering wheel adjuster that controls the tilt was never tightened fully and caused a short in the wires. Try different tilt settings and see if it makes a difference.



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5/26/2007
05:22:25

RE: Turn signal problem
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Interesting, I wonder if this wiring problem plagued the 1999 Dakotas too?

Something happened before where I went to turn on the brights at the same time as turn on the right turn signal. My headlights went out when I did this. Just my headlights though, not my parking lights or interior lights.

I started fiddling with the turn signal stalk; they came back on after a few seconds of that. It was really scary though.



chuck
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3/04/2008
11:58:30

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I've recently been having the same problem with my 2001 dakota. It doesn't happen all the time and only when I turn right! I've replaced my turn signal switch and all the bulbs thinking it was a short. I'm glad I found this site it was a great help I thought I was going crazy!! My other question is does DODGE know about this problem its serious since I almost got in an accident and you almost got a ticket!!



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3/04/2008
18:01:31

RE: Turn signal problem
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Chuck - the problem is not peculiar to Dodge. That and starting issues can happen with any make of vehicle with a tilt wheel. But tilt wheels have been around for decades; something consumers want.

Lead, follow, or get out of the way

TexasTodd
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3/04/2008
18:41:28

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On my 2001, SLT dak,

nearly everytime I start it, the radio, and the turn signals won't work, at all.
If I wiggled the key once (not every time I use the turn signal), they work fine the rest of the drive.

Lately, I turn the key alittle more, once, as if I'm starting it. With the clutch pedal up, the starter won't engage anyways, and it works fine.

You should have seen the the look on the guys face, at my yearly inspection, when I asked him to do this when he inspected my truck. It's worked for at least three years, and I've got to have it inspected again this month.

I'll keep my fingers crossed.



Bill Tilley
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6/20/2008
23:39:56

RE: Turn signal problem
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My 2004 dakota the left turn signal will flash real fast and the brake light wont work either when it happens and it doesnt do it all the time. has anyone had that problem and what did you do to fix it?



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7/24/2008
11:05:45

RE: Turn signal problem
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I have a 1999 Dakota SLT and the signals seem to work when they want to. When I try to signal, they may flash once, twice, or not at all. I tried "holding" the switch... not quite completely committed, like you do when a bulb begins to go bad... same result, they might work. I checked the fuses and changed bulbs, but the problem persists. The emergency flashers and everything else work fine.I will take a look for the combination flasher today and see where that gets me. As a last resort, I will take it to the "stealership: for a fleecing...



STS
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7/29/2008
17:42:27

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I'm having a problem with my right signal turn light. Sometimes it works fine and sometimes it don't unless you keep shifting the lever up and down.



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7/29/2008
18:29:51

RE: Turn signal problem
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With all the unwelcome, off topic religious posts you've dumped on this board - maybe you should just pray for it to work ?



Vicdog1
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7/29/2008
22:59:54

RE: Turn signal problem
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I stopped at a local auto-repair shop and explained the problem... they showed me the flasher (a relay in the fuse box, about 1" square at the bottom left) and I replaced it. All's well now, thanks for the laughs "STS" and "so what". Hope someone is helped...



gary cloer
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10/10/2008
21:09:08

RE: Turn signal problem
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on my 2001 dakota the turn signals four ways and dash lights have all stopped working also the headlights will stay on bright for only a few seconds before returning to dim. I have replaced the mutifuction switch in the colum also the flasher module under the dash which was no help any suggestions please



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