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Where is the flasher located on a 1996-1999 Taurus - Sable?

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What does it look like and where's it mountedThe flasher/turn signal is screwed into the metal support above the fuse panel, you must take the bottom of the dash off and remove the plastic cover. this is for a sable that has light out detection.

Look under your dash for a blue box screwed into the right side of the dash panel. This of course is done, with you laying on your back, and your feet in the back seat.

It's a blue box, about the size of half a twinkie (cream filled, golden sponge cake).

Remove the plug that holds it in, unscrew the screw that holds it to the frame, and go to Autozone or other parts store, to get a new relay.

You will have to reuse the metal piece that holds the relay to the dash panel, so be sure and save that before you throw the old part away.

Installation is the reverse.

First Squirt easing oil, No Kidding!Don't even try until you lubricate the "multifunction switch" behind the steering wheel, which usually causes this problem. Squirt easing oil into the hole where the Hazard switch sits. Be generous. Operate the switch repeatedly. Operate the turn-signal switch repeatedly. Add more easing oil if needed. If that doesn't work, get a replacement flasher from your local auto parts store for about $10 (or pay $40-50 at the Ford parts window). Look up under the dash to the left of the steering wheel for a blue plastic cube. Remove that and plug the replacement in. The easing oil trick worked for me!No kidding. It worked like a charm. I highly suggest trying it before you do anything else. easing oil also fixed my dome light switches. My Dome lights wouldn't turn off but after saturating the door latches on each door, the switches started working again. Fixing a Flasher on a 1996 Ford TaurusThe flasher (a single one for both turn signals and the hazard lights) is close under the dash left of the steering column. Original equipment is a blue plastic square that fits into a three-pole receptacle served by black, blue, and red-white wires.

But don't rush to replace it yet. First, do what my friend learned to do from WikiAnswers -- squirt easing oil down around the Hazard switch button behind the steering wheel, where the "multi-function switch" is located. Be generous with the lubricant. Soak the switch good. Work the hazard switch on and off a dozen times. Then work the turn signal switch right and left a dozen times. If nothing improves, let it sit a few minutes, then try the flashers again. Add more easing oil.

If you have to give up on easing oil, check the fuses for the hazard and the turn signals lights (separate fuses). If they're good, remove the flasher and replace it ($10 at your friendly universal after-market parts store, ($40-50 at your local Ford dealer). Save the receipt so you can return the flasher for a refund, as my friend did after easing oil did the trick.

TestimonialHoly Cow! I just happened to be stuck with my wife's Grandfather's 96 Taurus today and the turn signals and flashers didn't work. I followed the overly simple procedure in the preceding two paragraphs and it worked like a charm. Suhweeet! AnswerThe manual I have says the flasher assembly is under the drivers side of the instrument panel and it is held in by one retaining screw. It shows a small square unit with three blades which plug into a connector on the end of wire. It appears to be screwed into an under dash brace member which supports the instrument panel. My flasher is failing intermittently. I haven't gotten around to replacing it yet, so I can't guarantee this description is accurate. I hope this information helps. AnswerIndicator flasher assy 13550. This is an electronic combination turn signal and emergency warning flasher. It is attached on the left hand side of the instrument panel reinforcement above the fuse panel. The main wiring harness is assy 14401. AnswerIt could be the flasher, another fuse, the turn signal switch or an electrical connector. You will need to get a schematic for the turn signal system then track back to where you get power. Follow the line to the point where you no longer get power they you will have found the source of the problem. AnswerThe Flasher Relay is located behind the left side of the instrument panel.

There is no flasher on the 98 Sable, it has a LCM (Lighting Control Module) Dealer only item unless you wanna take a chance at the junk yard.

there is a light blue flasher relay under the steering wheel check and replace or check the fuse box in the same place

The flasher/turn signal is screwed into the metal support above the fuse panel, you must take the bottom of the dash off and remove the plastic cover. this is for a sable that has light out detection. Any questions, contact chrisvolkswagon@msn.com I know for Real. Look under your dash. Look for a Blue Box screwed into the right side of the dash panel. This of course is done, with you laying on your back, and your feet in the back seat. It sucks to get to, but it's the easiest to access once your under there. It's a blue box, about the size of half a twinkie. Remove the plug that holds it in, unscrew the screw that holds it to the frame, and go to Autozone to get a new relay. You will have to reuse the metal piece that holds the relay to the dash panel, so be sure and save that before you throw the old part away. Installation is the reverse. Be sure to read through the Related Question below on the Taurus - great tips & info that equally applies to the Sable. Flasher relay is located, behind left side of instrument panel. The Flasher sensor looks like a little aluminum can, and is located under the dash (provided they didn't include a dash cover) otherwise you'd have to unscrew it first from all it's mounting screws. The can is mounted on the steering column up a ways, (best way to see is to put your head up there, while your feet rest in the backseat, it's uncomfortable but it works. You'll see two cans, left/right, turn your key to the "on" position, and use the turn signals, and feel each can for a clicking feel/sound. Don't replace that one, unless you don't have turn signals either. Henceforth the other one is the Hazard/Flasher sensor. Pull out the wire clip (it's easier if you slide the can out of it's holding clip, pop in a new one, and get upright before you pass out. Check all of the fuses. If they are good change the flasher which is in the fuse box on some cars. The flasher on most cars is located around the fuse box under the dash, or attached to the underside of the dash. It is a small round cylindrical Can made of aluminum, or plastic.

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If your turn signal flashers stopped working, play with the emergency flasher button on top of the steering column. Our 97 Sable turn signals quit once and luckily I pushed the emergency flasher button in and out many times and the signals have worked ever since. But the emergency flashers don't work, but I can live with that.

The turn signal flasher relay is located behind the left hand side of the instrument panel at the left hand side of the steering column.

IT'S USUALLY ON THE FUSE BLOCK UNDER THE DASH ON THE DRIVER'S SIDE. IT OFTEN LOOKS LIKE AN ALUMINUM CYLINDER(SILVER) AN SIMPLY PLUGS IN.

it is truly under the driver-side of the dashboard, but near the outer edge. it is truly a blue cube(original) and held in place with one 7mm screw into a built-in clip. it is left of the code-checking jack and the screw head faces down. once the screw is removed, the cube and harness drop down. there is no retaining clip-thank God-just carefully pry the three-prong cube away from the harness. now, my replacement cube didnt have a place on it for the clip, but the clip can be glued onto the new cube. or, ty-wrap the works in place....But,,, I did find that another's response was correct!!! i didnt need to change my flasher-the hazard switch WAS truly gummed-up!! i used a few drops of alchohol-not wd40 (that scares the electrician in me)-exercised the hazard and turnsignals feverishly and they began working miraculously! and , i appreciated other info on changing those pesky front turn signal lamps! it IS an easy job of removing the three bolts of the headlamp,removing the headlamp to get to the harness of the turn signal and voila!!! I'll even add that my signal lense was full of water, but nothing that a couple of well-placed weep holes didnt fix!! happy motoring!!!

I can;t believe it but the oil works. It worked in 10 seconds. Thanks for the quick fix!!

The flasher relay is located behind left side of instrument panel. Purchase the Relay and you will know what you are looking for.

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