2001 cavalier flasher for turn signal

2001 cavalier flasher for turn signal

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Erin

Portland, OR

#1 Aug 11, 2007
I can't find it. My flahser needs to be replaces and I can't find it any where. My blinkers keep shutting off. Someone help me
greg s

AOL

#2 Aug 17, 2007
if you have found out where the flasher is please tell me. I am having the same problem

thanks
alex

Wallingford, PA

#3 Oct 11, 2011
they dont want us to know where it is because they are buttheads. And this is why GM had problems and should have gone out of business bankrupt since they make a simple thing a fiasco.
nordy82

Huntington, IN

#4 Dec 13, 2011
Flasher is under dash by steering column
nordy82

Huntington, IN

#5 Dec 13, 2011
U can find it if u use ur ears and click directionals while laying head below steering column... its a square relay sometimes in green casing... replacemnt relay is not green and doesnt clip back into same spot
Derek

United States

#6 Feb 5, 2012
nordy82 wrote:
U can find it if u use ur ears and click directionals while laying head below steering column... its a square relay sometimes in green casing... replacemnt relay is not green and doesnt clip back into same spot
All the replacement parts I have see pictures of online do not appear to have the features needed to clip in the same spot as you stated. So how did you fix or attached the replacement part to keep it from rattling around as you drive?
Derek

United States

#7 Feb 8, 2012
I am in the process of replacing the turn signal flasher unit on a 2001 Cavalier.

I too had trouble finding the unit. This was a surprise because, when I bought the car, I bought the Chevrolet Service manuals (three volumes). You would think I would have no trouble locating the flasher. But the manuals did not tell me where it was. Lots of schematics and connector illustrations. But nothing illustrating or describing the location.

So I turned to the internet. The problem was some people claim one location. Others a second location and still others a third location. Here is the story on my 2001 4 door base model 2.2L Cavalier.

The flasher unit, which controls the turn signal and hazard lights, is behind the dashboard above the brake petal. Maybe more toward the gas petal. You do not need to remove anything from the dash. You can get at it from under the dash.

It is a green plastic box. It has a connector about the same size as the unit attached. Mine was black in color. It clips onto a plastic piece which is pressed into two holes in a metal bracket.The is a black foam spacer between the green flasher and the metal bracket.

After market units will cost between $15 and $20. The problem is they do not clip onto the plastic piece pressed into the metal bracket. You will need to get creative and find your own mounting technique. The side effect is, the mounting determines how loud the flasher clicking is. If it is floating in air, it will be very quiet. If its in full contact with the metal bracket, it will be louder then the original flasher.

If you buy the flasher from GM (PN 12450070) you will pay $37.84. The advantage is, the flasher unit comes with the plastic piece that mounts into the metal bracket and the foam spacer. So you can just snap out the old assembly without concern about breaking anything. And snap the new one back in place.

Enjoy.
Jon

Mcadoo, PA

#8 Jul 23, 2012
Just put the old green top case half on the new relay and it will slide in place. That's what i did.
Rick

Columbia, TN

#9 Sep 3, 2012
Derek wrote:
I am in the process of replacing the turn signal flasher unit on a 2001 Cavalier.
I too had trouble finding the unit. This was a surprise because, when I bought the car, I bought the Chevrolet Service manuals (three volumes). You would think I would have no trouble locating the flasher. But the manuals did not tell me where it was. Lots of schematics and connector illustrations. But nothing illustrating or describing the location.
So I turned to the internet. The problem was some people claim one location. Others a second location and still others a third location. Here is the story on my 2001 4 door base model 2.2L Cavalier.
The flasher unit, which controls the turn signal and hazard lights, is behind the dashboard above the brake petal. Maybe more toward the gas petal. You do not need to remove anything from the dash. You can get at it from under the dash.
It is a green plastic box. It has a connector about the same size as the unit attached. Mine was black in color. It clips onto a plastic piece which is pressed into two holes in a metal bracket.The is a black foam spacer between the green flasher and the metal bracket.
After market units will cost between $15 and $20. The problem is they do not clip onto the plastic piece pressed into the metal bracket. You will need to get creative and find your own mounting technique. The side effect is, the mounting determines how loud the flasher clicking is. If it is floating in air, it will be very quiet. If its in full contact with the metal bracket, it will be louder then the original flasher.
If you buy the flasher from GM (PN 12450070) you will pay $37.84. The advantage is, the flasher unit comes with the plastic piece that mounts into the metal bracket and the foam spacer. So you can just snap out the old assembly without concern about breaking anything. And snap the new one back in place.
Enjoy.
I purchased a flasher for my 01 cavalier and went to the nearest mechanic only to tell me the bottom of the dash would have to be removed to replace it,i then went home and found your comment here on the internet and then replaced it myself without removing any part of the dash,just wanted to thank you for your help.
Edtuhs

Kansas City, MO

#10 Nov 19, 2012
I am completely confused on what the issue is and doubt that the answer is as simple as just changing a part. My emergancy flashers work front and back, however the blinkers don't. I have replaced the fuse and even the master fuser, I even replaced the actual turn signal arm( sorry don't know technical name) but does anyone know what the deal is with this.
Derek

Colorado Springs, CO

#11 Nov 20, 2012
Edtuhs wrote:
but does anyone know what the deal is with this.

The schematic in the manual indicates there are two seperate flashers in the flasher unit. One for turn signals and one for hazard signal. Thus, it is possible for one to work and one not to work. One could argue that the turn signal gets the most use and could fail while the hazard flasher is still like new.
That was the case in my case. The turn signal did not work and the hazard signal did.
You have replaced just about every thing else involved in the circuit. You know the wiring is good from the battery to the lights because the Hazard signal works. You already replaced the next big part in the circuit, the switch. Sounds like the next step is the flasher unit. Unless it is just the pin 4 connection to the flasher unit. That is the pin for the turn signal.
james

Jacksonville, FL

#12 Jan 11, 2014
okay so I have a 2001 cavalier I have replaced the actual blinker switch, you know the one on the steering column I replaced the relay and now my Blinkers simply stay on they do not blink at all what else could be the problem.... its not electrical. are there any other relays leading up to the blinker relay that might need to be changed out. to sum it up I replaced everything that I can possibly replace and all it did instead of fixing the blinker problem with make them come on permanently they do not blink.
Derek

Colorado Springs, CO

#13 Jan 12, 2014
james wrote:
okay so I have a 2001 cavalier I have replaced the actual blinker switch, you know the one on the steering column I replaced the relay and now my Blinkers simply stay on they do not blink at all what else could be the problem.... its not electrical. are there any other relays leading up to the blinker relay that might need to be changed out. to sum it up I replaced everything that I can possibly replace and all it did instead of fixing the blinker problem with make them come on permanently they do not blink.
The blinker control is a thermal device. It starts out closed. The current to the turn signal lights heats up a bimetal device that expands and opens the contact. The current stops flowing and the bimetal device cools down and the contact closes. And so on. If one or more of the lights in the system is burned out, there bimetal device can not heat up correctly and cycle correctly. Have you checked all the lights in the system?
IceCreamGuy

Le Mars, IA

#14 Aug 12, 2014
Edtuhs wrote:
I am completely confused on what the issue is and doubt that the answer is as simple as just changing a part. My emergancy flashers work front and back, however the blinkers don't. I have replaced the fuse and even the master fuser, I even replaced the actual turn signal arm( sorry don't know technical name) but does anyone know what the deal is with this.
I have the exact same problem. The four-way hazard flashers work fine and the turn signals do not. I just replaced the turn signal wand and the turn signals worked for three weeks, now they don't work at all.
jesse

United States

#15 Sep 17, 2014
Erin wrote:
I can't find it. My flahser needs to be replaces and I can't find it any where. My blinkers keep shutting off. Someone help me
Trying to replace turn signals relay ...can't find were under driver side bash to replace relay ..
Dustin Thacker

Olds, Canada

#16 Mar 19, 2015
My flashers work off and on....is that a wiring issue? Its a 03 cav..just recently started doing it...any advice?
Corissalk

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Dec 1, 2015
Dustin Thacker wrote:
My flashers work off and on....is that a wiring issue? Its a 03 cav..just recently started doing it...any advice?
Did you ever figure out your problem? Mine work half of the time and only if I half way put the stick down, if I click it all the way I don't get any blinks. If I half click it I can usually get a few blinks out of it.
Emed

Red Deer, Canada

#18 Dec 18, 2015
completed, very easy to find, color green on my chev, thanks all for the comments, it was very helpful

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