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Old 11-04-2006, 09:42 AM   #1
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Question turn signal switch bad?

hello all,

my 98 taco has a turn signal issue, when I turn the turn sigal on for a right hand turn it clicks fast and repeately until I pull down slightly on the turn signal lever and then it starts blinking correctly. It's as if it goes to far up. When I push the lever down to make a left turn it works fine.

It's not the bulbs or the relay since they do work fine when I pull down on the lever, it's just annoying and I think it's getting worse.

I am thinking of the turn signal switch itself in the steering column from my research, has anyone else had this issue?

Thanks.
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Old 11-04-2006, 09:48 AM   #2
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has the vehicle ever been used for towing? check for the presence of a trailer light wiring harness.... i've seen those cause lots of turn signal issues due to improper setup, grounding, etc.
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Old 11-04-2006, 09:57 AM   #3
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that is a great reply but it is not wired for towing, I thought of that too, stripped wires or a short back there. It looks like it did from the factory, well with alot more dirt.
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Old 11-04-2006, 12:11 PM   #4
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check to see if your brake lights do anything funny when you mess with the T/S switch. it sounds like that is what the prob is, but if your brake lights faulter also, that's another nail in the coffin. good luck!
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Old 11-04-2006, 04:36 PM   #5
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I'd replace the bulbs on that side first. I've had them blink fast but at first glance it looked like all the bulbs were working fine but after replacing a rear bulb I saw that one was faulty.
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Old 11-05-2006, 12:55 AM   #6
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Sounds like a bad switch since you can move the switch and get it working.
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Old 02-02-2008, 04:41 PM   #7
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Hey 98TacomaSR5,

Are you still having problems with yoru turn signals?
I am experiencing the same problem with my 98 Taco.
I am afraid that it is the switch assembly. I'll let you
know what it turns out to be.

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Old 02-02-2008, 09:30 PM   #8
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not had an issue but i have an extra switch, the one with the headlight part, i got it when i bought my intermitent wipers.
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Old 02-03-2008, 06:28 AM   #9
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I had a problem just like that in a 98 Ranger. I took the blinker arm off and cleaned it with contact cleaner and never had a problem again, but i did trade it in for my taco about a year later
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