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Turn signal problem

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by swn, May 14, 2001.

  1. swn

    swn Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I have a problem with my turn signals on a 96 Dodge. I have checked the bulbs and the fuse. No problem with either. Neither one of the turn signals work. What can I check now?
     
  2. 75

    75 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,382

    Hi Steve - I'm going to take a guess here and say check the flasher unit as well.

    If possible, a bit more info would be helpful: "Neither one of the turn signals work" - is this referring to left turn & right turn, or front & rear signals? Did they quit working all at once, or were they acting up before they stopped working altogether? Is there a trailer plug wired up to your truck, and were you pulling a trailer when the signals quit? Are the brake lights working properly, and what about the 4-ways? Have any modifications been made to the wiring such as plow lights, extra set of signal lights up on a headache rack, etc?

    Not trying to be a smart*** here, just that the more detailed the description of the problem, the more likely someone will be able to find a solution - it's difficult diagnosing a problem when you can't see the actual truck!
     
  3. swn

    swn Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Thanks for replying, 75. I guess a little more info. would be helpful, sorry about that. This did happen all at once, they were not acting up at all before. It is the front and rear, left and right turn signals. I do have a trailer plug hooked up and no I was not pulling the trailer when they went out. Everything else (brake lights, back up lights, flashers) are working. And no modifications have been made. Thanks again.
     
  4. 75

    75 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,382

    Hmmmmmmm...........I was hoping this would be a simple fix!

    Thanks for the additional info - that helps narrow things down a little. The reason I asked whether you were pulling a trailer is, I have seen where wiring problems on the trailer caused problems in the truck's electrical system. Check the fuse with a continuity tester as well - I was driven :dizzy: once by a fuse that looked OK but wasn't!

    Everything I have is o-l-d and not Chrysler, so I'm in "guesswork" mode here, but I would say that if the flasher unit (I believe there should be 2, 1 for the 4-way circuit and 1 for the turn signals) bulbs & fuse(s) are all OK, the problem may be in the turn signal switch itself or the wiring leading from the switch out to the firewall. Unfortunately, I don't know how much surgery is required to check/replace the signal switch on a '96 Dodge truck - can anyone out there help with this?
     
  5. swn

    swn Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Thank you very much for your help, 75. I will check the fuse again in the morning. I am thinking that it is probably in the turn signal itself. Thanks again.
     
  6. otep70x7

    otep70x7 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    swn,
    I have had almost the same problem with my 96 Ram, my signals work but they dont flash.....meaning when I turn them on they just stay on like parking lights but one side at a time. I also checked my fuses and bulbs and they are all ok. Did you ever find what the problem was because I havent. Can anyone help me??