I have a 1981 E-150 Econoline van. Lots of overhaul and
stuff, and generally it runs well.
Recently, my turn signals and emergency flashers stopped working.
I replaced the flasher module (2-contact kind) with a Kragen
high-end "loud" flasher (yellow can; I think it's a relay).
This worked well for a couple of days; then, my turn signals failed
again (no light at all), but the emergency flashers kept working.
After a little while, the emergency flashers stuck on, then
they stuck off. Back to square 1.
I replaced the flasher module again, this time with a cheap one
that looked like the original little aluminum can from Motorcraft.
Now, my emergency flashers work fine, but the turn signals don't
come on at all.
I am at work; I drove straight there nervously, never turning (just
I'll try WD-40 on the turn switch (read a posting recommending this)
when I get home, but does anyone have any other idea? I suspect my
problem might not be a dirty switch.
All the lamps seem OK when emergency-flashing, and I checked them OK
while the turns were working briefly after the first module
All the fuses in the fuse block are intact. I got a voltmeter and
measured 12 V+
on both sides of every fuse but one: At the bottom of the block there
a very short fuse labelled "Instr PNL 3A", and it reads 0 VDC on both
I don't find this documented anywhere in my lousy Chilton manual, but
it may just be an unused circuit.
My cheap Ford instrumentation meters drift around pretty badly, but
always did this. I don't notice any malfunction other than the turn
Any ideas? I removed the plastic covers from the steering column and
wiggled the wires everywhere I could reach, buit I'm not a mechanic
and that's as far as I could go . . ..