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1991 Chevrolet Cavalier:
Turn Signals Started Slowing Down - Flasher?

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I just turned 16 and got our very worn-out family car. It's a 1991 Chevy Cavalier and it has a lot of miles but runs good. Recently my turn signals started slowing down, and then they stopped completely one day, but my hazards work fine.

 

They flash and everything. We checked the bulbs but can't find out what is wrong. We were trying to find where the flasher unit was but we cannot locate it. It isn't by the fuse box. I would appreciate any help or suggestions.

 

Answer:

 

A turn signal flashing slowly may be due to a burned-out bulb or a poor connection, especially if the problem is isolated to one side. So double check all of the directional bulbs -- front & rear, left & right, and even the side marker lamps which flash in sequence with the turn signal.

 

The hazard lights may be working fine even though a turn signal bulb is out. If all check out OK, you should be able to find the directional flasher unit under the dash, just to the right of the steering column. It's a 1x1 inch tin cylinder with two electrical terminals sticking out of one end. You may have to first remove a lower dash panel to gain access.

 

A flasher is inexpensive enough that you can just buy a new one and plug it in to see if it works. If not, it's going to require someone with a bit more experience to figure it out. Good luck.

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