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Old 05-19-2009, 06:09 PM   #1
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Default DRLs/Turning Lights

Okiedokie. My DRL/Turn signals are all sorts of weird. Well, the left one is anyways. The blub blew and so I replaced it with the correct blub. I picked it up from my local Saturn dealership.

Anyhow, the DRL doesn't turn on and it doesn't function as a turn signal. It does, however, turn on when the headlights are on. But when it has power in this fashion it doesn't work as a turn signal.

I've got no clue how to fix this short of going to an automotive shop. Anyone have an idea of the problem? Or just take it in and have it fixed?

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Old 05-19-2009, 08:08 PM   #2
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if your rear ones still work and still blink at the normal speed, you have a weird problem and something major needs to be replaced, if the dash lights blink at an accelerated speed, you have an electrical problem just in the front part of the circuit, it could be the wiring, or something major needs to be replaced, if none of them work, you need something major replaced since these cars use a solid state blinker system. unless you can diagnose electrical problems, I suggest taking it in, but first, look at all your wiring in the blinker circuit.

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Old 05-19-2009, 09:07 PM   #3
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first, look at all your wiring in the blinker circuit.
Look at all your wiring? What does that mean? Oh, yes, my wiring is all bright colored wires under the hood where it belongs and it looks nice?
BE MORE SPECIFIC!

Here's what I suggest. Remove the bulb you replaced. Double check it is the correct part # by referencing it with the bulb list in your owner's manual. If it is, then check the bulb socket. Make sure the contacts in the socket are clean and corrosion free, as well as the contacts on the base of the bulb itself. Touch them up with steel wool if they aren't shiny. If that doesn't help, back to the Saturn service dep't.

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Old 05-19-2009, 10:38 PM   #4
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Look at all your wiring? What does that mean? Oh, yes, my wiring is all bright colored wires under the hood where it belongs and it looks nice?
BE MORE SPECIFIC!

Here's what I suggest. Remove the bulb you replaced. Double check it is the correct part # by referencing it with the bulb list in your owner's manual. If it is, then check the bulb socket. Make sure the contacts in the socket are clean and corrosion free, as well as the contacts on the base of the bulb itself. Touch them up with steel wool if they aren't shiny. If that doesn't help, back to the Saturn service dep't.
Thats the ticket, or you could pull each and every wire out of the car unwrap all the harnesses so you can then check the wires.

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Old 05-20-2009, 01:15 AM   #5
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yes, because it's soooo hard to check a wiring harness, you can look for burned wiring or a cut harness very easily, if you have a multimeter, you can check if the ground or power part of the circuit is bad, but either way to fix it, you need to start unwrapping the harness to find where it's bad to fix it. I've had to do this twice to GM wiring harnesses, it's not a big deal, at least not for me.

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Old 05-20-2009, 09:17 AM   #6
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Just had my Ion inspected over the weekend. There is a recall out for the turn Signal/Daytime running light module. Mine wasnt working, they replaced the bulb and it still wasnt working. Then 15 minutes later when they moved my car, it started working. Just made an appointment for this weekend to get it fixed/replaced.

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Old 05-20-2009, 06:29 PM   #7
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yes, because it's soooo hard to check a wiring harness, you can look for burned wiring or a cut harness very easily, if you have a multimeter, you can check if the ground or power part of the circuit is bad, but either way to fix it, you need to start unwrapping the harness to find where it's bad to fix it. I've had to do this twice to GM wiring harnesses, it's not a big deal, at least not for me.

Maybe he is not a technition in training, and maybe we should not expect him to have a multimeter. Then maybe one should start with the basics like to see if the bulb is fully operational (both elements). It's a good idea to start at the beginning not the middle. The first thing to test is the bulb, next the socket, and so on.

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Old 05-20-2009, 06:38 PM   #8
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i had almost the same issue left front. it would randomly blow the bulb, it would work and then it wouldn't, it wouldn't blink but it would stay solid, etc. I took it to my dealer because i wanted to get a new bulb socket. he said he has never had to replace the socket, but he says the connection gets loose in side, he took the bulb out of the socket and used a small screw driver to pry the contacts inward so they grabbed the bulb better. I thought he was full of **** because the buld went in really tight in the first place. Anyway long story short, i messed with replacing bulbs and blinker randomly not working for a year and after he made it grip the bulb better(13 months ago) i have had no problem at all with the light, give it a try its free!

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Old 05-20-2009, 07:28 PM   #9
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I took it to my dealer because i wanted to get a new bulb socket. he said he has never had to replace the socket, but he says the connection gets loose in side, he took the bulb out of the socket and used a small screw driver to pry the contacts inward so they grabbed the bulb better.
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:43 PM   #10
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i had almost the same issue left front. it would randomly blow the bulb, it would work and then it wouldn't, it wouldn't blink but it would stay solid, etc. I took it to my dealer because i wanted to get a new bulb socket. he said he has never had to replace the socket, but he says the connection gets loose in side, he took the bulb out of the socket and used a small screw driver to pry the contacts inward so they grabbed the bulb better. I thought he was full of **** because the buld went in really tight in the first place. Anyway long story short, i messed with replacing bulbs and blinker randomly not working for a year and after he made it grip the bulb better(13 months ago) i have had no problem at all with the light, give it a try its free!

It's funny how someone with experience could think of such a thing. I bet he didn't evan pull out a mulitimeter or start stripping wires.

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Old 05-20-2009, 08:01 PM   #11
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hahaha, i've got the feeling that alot of these post turn into a bashing of "2006 ion2". I have no proof of that though, its just a feeling!

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Old 05-20-2009, 08:04 PM   #12
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Thats just your IMAGINATION, what they turn into is getting to correct and usefull information.

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Old 05-20-2009, 10:34 PM   #13
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they already checked the bulbs, if you read the post you would realize that, and since it's both front lights, the likelihood of it being a socket is almost none, unless two sockets went simultaneously. I am a licensed complex electronics, avionics, and countermeasure repair man, not at all in training, not for years. also, wires are a lot cheaper than a module, and a decent multimeter is $25 at radioshack, if you were an electronics repair person, you might realize that this is the beginning, not at all the middle.

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There is a recall out for the turn Signal/Daytime running light module.
What "year" models does this recall include?? Just wondering.

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they already checked the bulbs, if you read the post you would realize that, and since it's both front lights, the likelihood of it being a socket is almost none, unless two sockets went simultaneously. I am a licensed complex electronics, avionics, and countermeasure repair man, not at all in training, not for years. also, wires are a lot cheaper than a module, and a decent multimeter is $25 at radioshack, if you were an electronics repair person, you might realize that this is the beginning, not at all the middle.
This is what you said ... see that up there
This what he said ... see that down there

Okiedokie. My DRL/Turn signals are all sorts of weird. Well, the left one is anyways.<-----MEANING ONE SIDE The blub <-----MEANING ONE blew and so I replaced it<----MEANING ONE with the correct blub. I picked it up from my local Saturn dealership.

Anyhow, the DRL doesn't turn on and it<----MEANS ONE doesn't function as a turn signal. It<----MEANING ONE does, however, turn on when the headlights are on. But when it<-----MEANING ONE has power in this fashion it<-----MEANING ONE doesn't work as a turn signal.
I've got no clue how to fix this short of going to an automotive shop. Anyone have an idea of the problem? Or just take it in and have it fixed?

Where does it say both,them,all,some? What in the world does the cost of a mulitimeter have to do with a bloody thing? Where do you the complex countermeasure repairman come up with this nonsence. People wonder why the U.S. army is in the shape it's in.

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Old 05-20-2009, 11:41 PM   #16
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ok, I must have gotten this one crossed up with another post I was reading on another forum, then yeah, check the socket first, then what I said. my point with the multimeter price, is there's no reason for someone to pick one up if they don't already have one to diagnose an electrical circuit. and it's complex electronics, avionics, and countermeasures, there are no simple countermeasures or avionics. but I am still human, and I still mix up posts with one another every now and then.

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What "year" models does this recall include?? Just wondering.
I'll have to double check when I get home. I wanna say 2003-2005 but i'm not sure.

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The ION-DRL campaign includes all years from what I remember.

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i had almost the same issue left front. it would randomly blow the bulb, it would work and then it wouldn't, it wouldn't blink but it would stay solid, etc. I took it to my dealer because i wanted to get a new bulb socket. he said he has never had to replace the socket, but he says the connection gets loose in side, he took the bulb out of the socket and used a small screw driver to pry the contacts inward so they grabbed the bulb better. I thought he was full of **** because the buld went in really tight in the first place. Anyway long story short, i messed with replacing bulbs and blinker randomly not working for a year and after he made it grip the bulb better(13 months ago) i have had no problem at all with the light, give it a try its free!
I had the same problem with my 04 ION. I went to Galles Chevrolet (my authorized Saturn repair shop) and they told me it had already been fixed (from the recall). They wanted $94. just to lok at it. I told them the fix didn't take and they still wanted $94. just to look at it. My Saturn dealer never would have treated a customer like that. I emailed Galles and told them I wil NEVER enter their facility again. I then went home and used a screwdriver on the socket and it works great. For anyone in Albuquerque, Galles sucks.

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The recall came out in 2004, at the time it covered all model years for the ION, 2003 & 2004. What they did was install a new section of wire with a resistor in it to keep it from burning bulbs. Funny thing is, mine never seemed to burn bulbs until after the recall was done, now it burns one every six months.

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