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Turn Signal Does not Work - SOLVED

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Problem Definition:

95 Ford Contour, 82K miles. Turn signal & hazard light does not function. Turn signal and hazard is switched on, nothing, no lights, no blinking. At times, when hazard light starts to blink, turn signal also works. Of course the hazard light works even without a key on but turn signal only would function with key, on. It almost seems that there is a short somewhere that just killed the function. All three brake lights works fine.


Resolution Process:

From my experience, on domestic cars, when a bulb is out, the signal light stays on or blinks in more rapid interval. When flasher is out, the blinking function is out and the lights would stay on. Neither of these symptoms appears to be present. I was really puzzled by this.


First thing I did was to check the fuses, both under the hood and dash. Found no blown fuse. Then I did some search on-line and found the turn signal switch is common problem for this vehicle. But the symptoms are not well described so I could not pin point to the switch. I’ve also learned that the flasher is on the turn signal switch module. Also the symptom of flasher being bad is not well described in videos available either.


It sometimes work, I knew means bulbs are fine. I’ve decided to replace the flasher first as this is the least costing solution. If this does not work, I will try the switch.



I got a flasher from a junk yard and replace the part and whamo, it started to work.



Video Replacing Switch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVbfBFGrt30


Forum Tips

-         Turn Signal Stick: http://www.fordcontour.org/topic/4862-turn-signal-stick-seems-to-be-dying/?hl=%2Bturn+%2Bsignal+%2Bswitch&do=findComment&comment=30210

-         Turn Signal Does not Stay On; http://www.fordcontour.org/topic/3052-turn-signal-doesnt-stay-on/?hl=%2Bturn+%2Bsignal+%2Bswitch&do=findComment&comment=17735

-         Always Check Flasher First: http://www.contour.org/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=trouble&Number=702229&page=&view=&sb=5&o=&fpart=all&vc=1


Turn Signal Switch (95~00, 99~02 Cougar) OEM Part# = F5RZ-13K359-B

Flasher OEM Part# = F8RZ-13350-AA

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