NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Turn Signal: Flasher Unit Problems

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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,833 miles

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2004 Pontiac Grand Am lights problems

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2004 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 012008

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • miles


After turning the signal light continues to tick non stop. We contacted the dealer after learning this problem is very common. They stated there is no recall on the switch problem located in the steering column but it is on the bulletin...not sure what that means...then we were told it would be $350 out of our pocket to fix this very common problem.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #2

Oct 012007

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
2004 Pontiac Grand Am SE - while the car is turned on and while driving, the turning signals or the hazard flasher unit is clicking somewhere in the middle of the dash near the radio while the blinker switch is in the off position. I have researched this issue on the web and it appears that previous years had recalls on the same issue. I refuse to pay $300 at the dealership for a unit that obviously has a track record of failures.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #1

Jun 302006

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,500 miles
2004 Pontiac Grand Am. Incessant ticking, such as the turn signal that seemed to come from the emergency flasher area on the dashboard. However, quite a few people I had talked to had the same problem that has been fixed with a replacement part in the steering column. The amounts spent varied from a few dollars for a junk yard part, which was still the same manufacturer, to upwards of $400 for a dealer fix. I am not replacing a bad part with another potentially bad part from the same maker, nor am I paying a dealership hundreds of dollars to fix a problem they should be held accountable for. This was apparently a widespread problem that occurred for many years with these vehicles, yet very few of them were actually recalled. As a noted, the ticking began after. While driving)I suddenly saw a small wisp of smoke coming from the steering column. The smoke had an electrical smell. When I called the dealership about this, I was told this was a normal occurrence sometimes when the temperature was hot. There was nothing to worry about. Also, when I called regarding the ticking noises no one seemed to have any idea what I could be referring to... that' was when I began my internet search and discovered lots of nasty stories relating to GM dealerships and the same problem.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

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