The turn signal is an essential safety element, which warns other drivers that your vehicle is about to make a turn. Turn signal switches have gotten complicated over the years. What used to be just a lever to activate the turn signals has added other features such as headlight dimmers, etc. Other stalks also sprouted from the steering column, including wiper control. Each addition made changing the turn signal switch just a bit trickier.
When the turn signal switch fails, the turn signals may stop working, or the headlight gets dim, and you don’t have any way to turn it on. It is unsafe and illegal to drive a car with faulty turn signals. You may also get a pricy ticket for that. When turn signals stop working, the mechanic needs to troubleshoot before you start replacing them.
When is Turn Signal Switch Replacement needed?
- The indicator light on the left or right side is not working
- Headlamps or running lights are not working
- The brake lights are faulty
- It is unable to switch from low to high beam
A turn signal switch replacement is not essential with every failure. The fault may come from the bulb itself in some cases. Thus, before replacing the turn signal switch with a new part, you should first check the effectiveness of the bulbs.
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How is Turn Signal Switch Replacement done?
- Examine the switch, the wiring, and the fuses.
- If the switch is faulty, remove it and replace it.
- Turn on the turn signals and check that the exterior lights are working.
The turn signal switch is tough to replace by yourself because everything in the steering column is packed very tightly together. Plus, there’s the added complication of dealing with the airbag system. If you’re worried about working with the airbag, or the steering wheel, Swezo can send a technician to your home or office for your turn signal switch replacement.