There are a lot of switches and modern cars, and all of them have functions to perform. One such component is the turn signal switch, which is specially made to perform electrical and mechanical functions, while also indicating that the vehicle will make a turn. On the electronic standpoint, it turns the signal flasher either to the left or right, both at the front and rear part. Mechanically speaking, on the other hand, it makes sure that the turn signal flasher function is on up until the steering wheel takes a reverse from that of the turn direction that the driver has selected.
These are the specifics that the Volvo turn signal switch share with turn signal switches of other vehicles. Take note that when they go bad, the indicator may not be able to send the correct signal to other motorists. This can be due to the following reasons:
Indicator Continues to Blink
As mentioned awhile back, it is part of the mechanical function of a turn signal indicator to display the flasher light but only until the steering wheel makes a reverse. If in case it continues to even after the steering wheel has been positioned back to the center, then there is something wrong with it. A lot of drivers, unfortunately, still take their chances when the turn signal switch is blinking. This is because many presume that this is just a normal occurrence when it comes to this component. Sadly, this can be a cause of mishaps down the road, that is why, it should never be taken for granted.
Lights Discontinue Flashing
If there is an instance that the indicator continues blinking, and that already is a bad sign, there is also a chance that the turn signal lights will discontinue flashing, which is also not a good indicator of a properly functioning turn signal switch. This may continue until you hold down the turn signal lever. If this happens, you must consider it as a failure of the mechanical function for this switch. The best way to get this corrected is to send it to an auto mechanic, who will then diagnose the problem, then make the necessary replacement for the lighting component.
Light Signals do Not Work Properly
This refers to all lights that indicate turning right and left, as well as "Hazard Warning Light". Signal flasher and hazard warning flashers are embodied in a single electrical unit. This mechanism can then affect all the turn signal and flasher functions at one time. The hazard flasher failure will then dictate the need to replace the flasher unit. Like other car components, the turn signal switch must be taken seriously. When they go bad, all you need to do is send the car to a repair shop so that the problem can be diagnosed correctly. It is only with that decision that you can make sure that the car is still in good working condition. Remember to have the part replaced whenever the mechanic tells you to do so.