97 Ford Taurus: ATTN: ds549, Tom, Bob Urz, Scott

Sorry I can't find the original thread (was some time back), but you all replied with answers and I said I would get back to you. The problem was the
signal lights, and hazard lights didn't work. Put in a new flasher, signal lights worked for 3 weeks, hazard not at all. After 3 weeks signals went out again, put in 2 new flashers, each clicked once and nothing after that.
Following your advices:
Replaced fuses (for multifunction and signal lights). No change.
Checked (tested with meter) all light bulbs. Cleaned all contacts.
Cleaned all sockets prior to putting bulbs back in.
No change, still no flashers or hazard.
Checked wiring. No noticeable breaks or corrosion anywhere. Checked connections were snug. No change.
Waiting for last suggestion to change multifunction switch because it is going to run me over $200 (with taxes) and Ford dealers around here would have to special order. I may go to a junkyard.
The big surprise. Yesterday in -32c (with wind-chill) I get in the card. Driving down the road for the heck of it I try the signals, guess what? After several weeks of having none there they are. They are still working today (also very cold out).
Do you suppose this means for sure it is the multifunction switch?
Oh PS: Anyone using the Chilton's Ford Taurus/Sable 1996-99 repair manual. It isn't just 3 retaining screws holding in the headlamp unties, it is 3 plus a long (4inch or more) screw located in the top left corner. If you don't remove that before you pull the lamp out (as the book suggests) you'll crack the plastic casing.)
Pah
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lots of wd40 into the switch at the hazard switch part on top, let it drip down in around the button. Then just work it by turning the hazards on and off about 50 times. Its worked for me probably 100 times. (the hazzard/turn part is the biggest problem but it can also effect the headlights/dimmer) IIRC I opened one up to see what the problem was and it is basicly the grease inside gets hard and causes a bad connection. I guess that the wd40 loosens the grease up so the contacts contact again. (just fyi, sometimes just touching/moving the hazzard button will bring the signals back to life. (or the other way around) :)
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wrote in message The big surprise.

Hi Scott, glad you saw this post.
Do you suppose the GL (not SE) has different parts than what you refer too? The reason I ask is that the flasher relay (flasher) and is the electronic version not the old 2 prong mechanical mechanical version. The flasher relay is completely sealed, blue, 3 prong, plastic cube made in UK. I have not had the multifunction switch out yet, but having seen a picture on the web it too looks electronic. Is it safe to put oil on electronics?
Thank you, Pah
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wrote in message The big surprise.

(push on/off) It is part of the multifunction switch. The MFS is the one under the steering wheel with the turn signal lever sticking out of it.
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the temp is suppose to go above 1c so I'll give your suggestion a try then. After I get it done I'll let you know if it was successful. I have a good feeling about this one. Fingers crossed.
Thank you again, Pah
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