Turn Signal Switch May Fail and Cause Signals Not To Work on Chevrolet Cavalier

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The turn signal switch in the steering column may fail causing the turn signals not to work on one or both sides.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 136,640 (17,500–300,000)
15 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
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Both turn signals work when they want to. The hazzard lights work just fine. All bulbs are great. The turn signal indicator will flash inside the car for a few seconds and then stop. The outisde turn signal lights stop too.
My turn signals work sporadically and have turned off after blinking once or twice and sometimes don't blink at all. What do I need to check to fix it?
turn signals come on for a second and then freeze (both left and right) usually when my bulbs burnt out they would flash really fast now they just freeze on the dashboard and dont work period, and idk what the problem is or how to get it fixed, please help.
put turn signal on and it will blink once or twice and then stop.
coming home from towm this afternoon I noticed that neither turn signal was working. I tried several times to see if they would work. without any luck.
My turning signals both had just stopped working yesterday evening. It happened when i need to turn on my hazard lights, but i turned them off and continued with the car along the roads and such, then i tried to turn and use my turning signals, now i cant get anything.
I switch the blinker switch and the blinkers may go off once, either side, then stop. Rarely work without a problem occuring.
Recently had driver's side rear bulb go out and replaced it. Confirmed correct bulb. Afterwards, turn signals started to work intermittently and are going downhill from there - now I can only get a few flashes before they shut off altogether.
I bought the car over 2 years ago and i have always had this problem where the back right blinker would quit working and now it is both i have to take the bulbs out and put the same bulbs back in and it works. But i hate having the inconvience of my back blinkers not working when i am on a busy interstate.
I have this problem also...I put on my signals and they will flash once or twice and then just stop for a minute or two and come back on when they feel like it...ive been honked at and had near accidents because of this problem. Kinda not cool. Any solutions anyone found here?
Turn signals flash a few times and quit. Didn't bother repairing bought a Ford.
All turn signals and brake lights stopped working. Took into Firestone and they diagnosed it with a short in the Signal switch. Replacement was $224.00 for switch, $50 Diagnostic testing, and $20 Safety Check. A whopping total of $338.00.
Both turn signals work when they want to. The hazzard lights work just fine. All bulbs are great. The turn signal indicator will flash inside the car for a few seconds and then stop. The outisde turn signal lights stop too.
We have had two lights go out in the last few months. They were changed then worked fine. I was coming home from an appointment out of town a few miles away. When I into town I made a left turn and didn't hear the signal. I did it again and it would flash once then go off. I pulled over to check both signals and saw there were both out. I used hand signals with a prayer all the way home. My husband, who usually will change the lights checked it out . He replaced a flasher which was working fine. The flashers still work. He said it was in the steering column, which he saw the warning for the airbags and chose not to do that.. He also looked in the door panal for the other flasher. To no avail. I then went into the computer and saw the problem is quite common. No solution...
front turn signals both sides do not work (do not light up at all) blinker works on dash. rear signals work fine.
Turn signals left and right stopped working properly today. The lights themselves are fine, the hazards work. It's just the turn signals. When I try to use them, they flash for a secon the quit working.
I went to turn on my turn signal one day and it just would turn on for a couple of seconds then stop. I replaced the swith and notice a bulb was out and replaced that as well. The turn signal is still intermittent.
Turn signals and brake lights stopped working for no reason. Cannot solve issues but tired of getting tickets from policeman. Just got a warning on the way to a funeral last week.
Driving used cruise control. Then 1hr later driving again cruise and both blinkers stopped working
My signal lights wont go on and i put fuses in and they blow