Turn signals AND hazards stopped working

ford
contour

#1

I drive a 98 Ford Contour Sport. When I was driving today, I signalled a left turn, and the signal began working erratically. This also happened with a right turn, and, since I deliver sandwiches, happened when I turned my hazards on. Throughout the day it got worse, and eventually stopped working. I’m willing to bet that it’s a wiring issue since all of my fuses are fine, but I wanted to ask here just to see if anyone had had this problem too.


#2

More than likely the problem is in the turn signal/multifunction switch in the steering column. Both the turn signals and the hazard light circuits run thru this switch.

Tester


#3

Thank you for your help and quick reply! Sites I’ve been checking and researching the multifunction switch also recommend spraying WD-40 or electric contact lubricant into the signal and hazards when you open up the column. Would you be able to shed any light on that too by any chance?


#4

Since both functions are dying at the same time, I would suggest the flasher unit as the culprit. These relays are cheap and easy to replace. You might decide to take a chance and put in a new unit before declaring the multifunction switch to be misbehaving.


#5

Power to both of those areas passes through the turn signal relay so verify power is getting through it ok. You need a test light probe to check with.


#6

I’ve been checking and researching the multifunction switch also recommend spraying WD-40 or electric contact lubricant

Please don't use that WD-40.  That stuff is a[b] W[/b]ater[b] D[/b]isplacement. It is not a contact cleaner or lubricant.  

Stop by your local Radio Shack and buy a can of contact cleaner and a contact lubricant.  They sell nice small spay containers of the stuff.  

WD-40 will attract dust, and as it dries it will form a sticky goo which is hard to clean off later.