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Cableman

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(Msg. 1) Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2003 5:28 pm
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My turn signals intermittently fail. The fuse looks good. Where is the
location of the Flasher??? The owners manual mentions nothing....

Thanks and regards!

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(Msg. 2) Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2003 7:49 am
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The problem with most of these vehicles and the turn signals is the hazard
warning lamp switch.
Not sure of the cost of the switch but not to difficult to install
"Cableman" wrote in message

 > My turn signals intermittently fail. The fuse looks good. Where is the
 > location of the Flasher??? The owners manual mentions nothing....
 >
 > Thanks and regards!
 >
 >

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(Msg. 3) Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2003 2:38 am
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noticed (as the turn signals failed), a light tap on the hazard switch
brought the lights back. Am I to assume the switch contains the flasher??


"jhones.family" wrote in message

 > The problem with most of these vehicles and the turn signals is the hazard
 > warning lamp switch.
 > Not sure of the cost of the switch but not to difficult to install


  > > My turn signals intermittently fail. The fuse looks good. Where is the
  > > location of the Flasher??? The owners manual mentions nothing....
  > >
  > > Thanks and regards!
  > >
  > >
 >
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(Msg. 4) Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2003 11:42 am
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Yes you can assume that
"Cableman" wrote in message

 > noticed (as the turn signals failed), a light tap on the hazard switch
 > brought the lights back. Am I to assume the switch contains the flasher??
 >
 >


  > > The problem with most of these vehicles and the turn signals is the
hazard
  > > warning lamp switch.
  > > Not sure of the cost of the switch but not to difficult to install


   > > > My turn signals intermittently fail. The fuse looks good. Where is
the
   > > > location of the Flasher??? The owners manual mentions nothing....
   > > >
   > > > Thanks and regards!
   > > >
   > > >
  > >
  > >
 >
 >
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(Msg. 5) Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2003 9:41 pm
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My turn signals were also failing on me. A couple of weeks ago they were
not working when I was driving home from work so I drove right to the
dealer. I was leasing so it was under warranty. Turns out they have been
having problems with the flasher switch in the dash. They took it in and
fixed it on a couple of hours by replacing the switch.

"Cableman" wrote in message

 > My turn signals intermittently fail. The fuse looks good. Where is the
 > location of the Flasher??? The owners manual mentions nothing....
 >
 > Thanks and regards!
 >
 >
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Dr Nick

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(Msg. 6) Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2003 11:55 am
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"John Erdman" wrote in


 > My turn signals were also failing on me. A couple of weeks ago they
 > were not working when I was driving home from work so I drove right to
 > the dealer. I was leasing so it was under warranty. Turns out they
 > have been having problems with the flasher switch in the dash. They
 > took it in and fixed it on a couple of hours by replacing the switch.
 >


  >> My turn signals intermittently fail. The fuse looks good. Where is
  >> the location of the Flasher??? The owners manual mentions
  >> nothing....
  >>
  >> Thanks and regards!
  >>
  >>
 >
 >
 >

What a coincidence. I was browsing this NG for the very same problem
(malibu 2000). A quick google search provided this link.
<a rel="nofollow" style='text-decoration: none;' href="http://www.comcast.net/News/BUSINESS/XML/1310" target="_blank">http://www.comcast.net/News/BUSINESS/XML/1310</a>
_General_financial_business_news/13aac5c4-8261-43ac-a882-
b6996a5a0511.html

This is a recall issue. However, if you are currently having this problem
you can get it fixed now for no charge.

Regards,

Dr Nick
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Steve Cook

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(Msg. 7) Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2003 12:03 pm
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there has been issues with the multifunction switch on these models
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dardave




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(Msg. 8) Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 4:41 pm
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My wifes 2000 Malibu turns signals started to work intermitently. I called the dealer and they told me there is a recall on that but my wife's care fell out of the VIN range to get it fixed wehn other 2000 Malibus were covered. I found the information on how to change the switch. The switch is the same switch as the emergency flashers located on the top of the dashboard. Well I went to the dealer, purchased the part. You take out 3 screws holding the column shroud it and pull up the wood trim panel that hold the emergency switch and its easy to replace. Switch was $28 at the dealer, took me all of 15 minutes to fix. Dealer wanted $150 to fix. Then about a month after I fixed it, get a letter from GM saying they will repay the cost of past repairs. Kinda ticked me off considering its a know problem, the dealer said some 2000's covered but mine fell out of the VIN range, and them to top it off it took me $28 and 15 minutes to fix. It that car was a Toyota, it would have been fixed no questions asked. My neighbor has a Camry out of warranty. His passenger side power window quit working, he took the car in for an oil change and mentioned it to the service advisor and they fixed the power window out of warranty, no questions asked.
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(Msg. 9) Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 2:24 pm
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I had the same problem with my 01, where flasher would work and then stop. Took it back to dealer who replaced emergency switch in the dash.
I am now having a problem where when i drive over a bumb or bumby road i hear a noise that sounds like sqeaking or a noise that rattling rims make, i hear more on the right side. Also when i stop on my brakes fast, the car stops but the pad feels like its moving from my foot and i hear a mechanical noice coming from the inside or toward the brake pad. When i hear the noise i let up on the brakes because it seems like if i apply too much pressure any longer something will break. The company i brought it from reported that they replaced the front brake pads and rotors. WHAT COULD MY PROBLEM POSSIBLY BE?
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MrGrumpy




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(Msg. 10) Posted: Sun May 15, 2005 12:01 am
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Yes, you are correct. I got a recall on mine after it was acting up. They replaced it and no more problems..

IT IS A RECALL ... if you haven't gotten it replaced, do so. Even if you paid for it before the recall, I understand you can get your money back...
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slinke




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(Msg. 11) Posted: Sun May 29, 2005 7:33 pm
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We have a 1997 Malibu, and we just started experiencing the same flasher problem. Neither the turn signals nor the hazards blink correctly. They usually just stay on, although they sometimes blink rapidly. The 1997 models apparently aren't covered by the recall, which is apparently only available for the 2000 and 2001 models, but I downloaded the owner's manual for the 2000 model, and the dash area looks pretty similar (or identical) to the 1997.

"dardave" mentioned removing three screws from the column shroud. I see three screws on the bottom of the piece surrounding the steering column, but it looks like a special screwdriver is required for them, as the screw heads appear to have a six-sided star pattern. Is that correct?

Once the shroud is off, does that allow the woodgrain dash piece to be removed, or do other things have to be removed? It isn't clear that removing the shroud would loosen the dash piece. It seems very tightly attached, particularly on the far right (just above the glove box). In addition, there are two screws that go up into a black piece of plastic that spans the woodgrain just above the main instrument panel. Do they need to be removed?

Is the flasher that needs to be replaced behind the hazard switch in the middle of the dash, or is it the entire hazard switch, or is it something/somplace else? If anybody can provide further details, it would be much appreciated!
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(Msg. 12) Posted: Mon May 30, 2005 8:30 pm
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Yes, what I understand the flasher/hazard switch is all one unit. It has to be replaced as a complete unit. Exactly how, I am not sure, the dealer done mine under a recall... thank goodness. Just price one at the dealer Confused
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(Msg. 13) Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 3:58 am
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Figures I would discover this the day AFTER I buy my 2000 Malibu. Rolling Eyes
Test-drove the hek out of it, only like three different days, didn't show this problem even once.
The morning after I buy it, on the way to work the signals stop working *grumble*

At least based on the service alert I downloaded from NHTSA it looks like this is not a big deal to fix, especially since my VIN doesn't appear to fall into the recall - and gmpartsdirect.com has the switch for just over $16.
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(Msg. 14) Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 5:37 am
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I replaced the hazard warning switch on our 1997 Malibu, and this fixed the flashing problem. However, the part cost about $40 at our local Chevrolet dealership. I would be skeptical that you could get it for only $16, unless you are talking about a different part. The part I replaced was the actual switch in the middle of the dash with the red triangular hazard warning symbol on it.

I would check with your dealer to verify whether your car is part of the recall. If not, I encourage you to file a complaint with NHTSA. Perhaps they will extend the recall at some point to your car, or perhaps even the 1997 models. This is clearly a systematic problem. Even if you end up installing the switch yourself, you could be reimbursed for at least the cost of the part in the future. If you want to replace it yourself, I think the 2000 and 1997 models are similar or identical. Here is what I did on our 1997 (to the best of my recollection):

I removed the entire dash trim as a single piece, which includes the black area around the instrument panel on the driver's side, as well as the wood-grain colored part on the passenger side. To do this, I started by removing two screws from the black trim area at the top of the instrument panel. There are a series of about three "friction" clips behind the far right edge of the woodgrain part on the passenger side, and at least one clip on the far left edge on the driver side that hold the trim on. (I might add that the trim is not held on very well -- it is rather poorly-fitted.) I used a relatively thin, flat, flexible metal "spatula" that fit under the trim and carefully pried the clips loose (a table knife might also work, although the flexibility of the spatula I used may have helped). Finally, I used a Torx (star-shaped) screwdriver to remove the three screws underneath the steering column that hold the steering column sheath on. This allowed me to remove the top half of the steering column sheath, which made it easier to remove the entire trim panel by rotating the top forward. I'm not sure whether removal of the steering wheel shroud was necessary, but it seemed to be.

There were two electrical connectors on the far left, one connected to the instrument panel dimmer switch, and the other connected to the fog lamp switch. There was another electrical connector in the center connected to the hazard warning switch. I removed all three connectors, allowing me to completely remove the trim piece from the car. To remove the old hazard warning switch, I squeezed the clips on both sides of the switch in back of the trim panel, and then I slid the switch out the front.

Installation of the new switch was basically the reverse of the removal of the old one.
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(Msg. 15) Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 12:14 pm
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slinke wrote:
I replaced the hazard warning switch on our 1997 Malibu, and this fixed the flashing problem. However, the part cost about $40 at our local Chevrolet dealership. I would be skeptical that you could get it for only $16, unless you are talking about a different part.


Well, that's based on the part number that was indicated on the service bulletin, 22594146.

Considering how much Chevy dealers have charged me for parts in the past, it would not shock me at all if I was able to find it somewhere for 1/3 of the price Wink (and "dardave" up there mentioned his dealer sold him one for $28... which is right at about the $27 price that gmpartsdirect.com says is retail for that item).
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