NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Turn Signal: Switch Problems

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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,500 miles

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2004 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 252009

Grand Am

  • 50,000 miles


Turning signal switch keeps making noise even when switch is not being used. 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. I have noticed a lot of similar complaints on this issue all occurring around 50,000 miles.

- Levittowm, NY, USA

problem #3

May 012006

Grand Am

  • 50,000 miles
On my 04 Grand Am after using turn signal, clicking noise started coming from behind hazard signal and now sometimes a puff of smoke has started coming from the steering column with only 43K on car, replaced hazard switch, fixed for only 2 days then same problem, noticed complaints of same problem and this was a recall on earlier models, shouldn't this recall be extended?? please go to www.mycarstats.com there are many complaints of the problem. More complaints from other owners. 2nd complaint of turn signal electrical problem. Result of defective multifunction switch also present in other years as well and other GM vehicles. In researching this problem I have found it is not a matter of if but when it will happen. Car was repaired 1/18/08. This is the description of the repair from the mechanic: Diagnose clicking noise in dash, remove dash face - check wiring, switches, tbs's and recalls. Problem caused by short in multi function switch that damaged flasher unit. R&R steering column covers and air bag to replace multi function switch, replace hazard lamp flasher unit. Part description: Multi function switch assembly (headlamps, wipers, turn signals, dimmer all in one unit.) hazard lamp/flasher unit assembly. Total cost $474.31. If you will refer back to 2000, GM recall NO03043 and 2001 GM recall NO03043 you will see they were recalled for the same thing! in addition to a possible crash due to the defective switch that you noted, you might want to add that 1) very distracting 2) if not repaired, the brake lights start to fail 3) steering assembly starts smoking. I hope something is done before someone dies. This safety issue needs to be addressed before some gets hurt or dies. I made Pontiac aware of condition with out resolve. Also the person whom I spoke to did not speak or understand english very well. Please help get this resolved.

- Covington, LA, USA

problem #2

Oct 252007

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
There is a problem with the vehicle not starting all the time. No warning to the problem and it seems that there is no pattern. Also have a turn signal issue, the sound goes on continuously. After some online research I have found the problems to be common. The starting issue has something to do with the security system which I have heard referred to as passlock. Have contacted GM on many levels, in person and over the phone, with no solution that suits me. Charged me $40, to tell me the turn signal would be $300 to fix, or so they say. Have not had an estimate on the ignition problem but have seen what other people have paid and could be between $400 and $1000. To have the part replaced with the same junk from GM. Will never buy another GM vehicle again. It is a shame that our american cars pale in comparison to their foreign counterparts. I hope that this information is useful and that this problem can be resolved, with GM recalling all of the problem vehicles and standing behind their terrible product. If I can be of any further assistance do not hesitate to contact me.

- Troy, IL, USA

problem #1

Feb 082007

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Blinker switch continuously clicks/makes noise, even when the switch is not in use.

- Omaha, NE, USA

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