Flasher Relay Failure Can Cause Erratic Turn Signal Operation on Volkswagen Passat

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Erratic turn signal operation can be a result of a failing turn signal flasher relay which will require replacement.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 121,642 (43,577–195,000)
13 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
48 people reported this problem
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left turn signal stop and go then the right did similar pathern then both fail. Sometime they both work then stop after three "blicking"
Signals became erratic and eventually failed. The flasher relay (located on dash inside hazard light button) had to be completely replaced.
Blinker would blink 2 to 3 times then stop. If I moved the the lever on the steering wheel to activate whichever turn signal I was using I could sometimes get it to blink 1 or 2 times more, but it just stop again. Eventually both turn signals stopped working completely. I have not fixed the problem.
I had erratic turn signal and "studdered" (as others reported. I researched the "flasher relay" finding it resided behind the Hazard button. I almost bought a replacement but I tried pushing the hazard flasher button (which I hadn't in years). In the first attempt it didn't work at all, in the second attempt it did, and better, it resolved the turn signal functionality completely! Apparently the connection had eroded from non-use. I had feared it was the signal switch, which is a huge repair but it was not. Try this before you spend many dollars!
Hi I have a 2003 passat the left signal light is on all the time I removed thr really still on I took the fuses one by one did not go out and the front the rear the sied lights are on if you can help me out to solve this problem I appreciate thanks
Car at the dealer right now to have it replaced. Unfortunately, it's not the relay behind the hazard switch, but the one behind the steering wheel...$$$
Right turn signal flashed fast at times, then left began then both all the time. Changed the relay myself part $52 at the dealer. Located behind the emergency hazard indicator. All part of the same assembly.
turnsignal/emergency flasher intermediately clicks,no lite's flash, just clicks. Turn signals & flashers work properly. Installed a new flasher switch, problem still their. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you, Steve