I have a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. About 5 years ago while driving down the road, the clicking noise, associated with the signal light and hazards, went psychotic. I panicked because I thought the lights were also activated. Nope, just the awful noise and about 2x faster than normal. My nerves didn't last long and I took the car to the dealership. About an hour later, they came out and said that it was fixed and the part was recalled. I didn't pay a penny! Whoo hoo!
About a year ago, the clicking returned. Although annoying, it wasn't nearly as bad but I called the dealership again. They said that the sound was NOT the same as before (they must be really good to know this over the phone) and that the fix would cost over $300. No, thanks. I'll pass and deal with the noise. (PS. Don't do that with every noise.) Soon after, I wasn't having any problems.
Fast forward to about a month ago and it went nuts again. I decided that I was going to tackle the job of fixing it. Could I afford to pay the dealership? Probably. Two reasons why I won't though. #1 - I don't believe that it isn't the same part. #2 - I am female! Hear me roar! I told myself that I could do it so I set out researching the problem.
In my FIRST instructable, I will show you what to do to rule out the easy fix. DO NOT be intimidated. Yes, I am technically and mechanically inclined but I would not have attempted this if I thought there was any way I could screw it up. I also watched the following videos at least three times each and used auto websites through the library to get diagrams. The diagrams are actually what gave me the idea to write this instructable. They suck. If you don't already know what you're looking at, they are not much help. If you do know what the diagrams cover, you probably don't even need them.
Thank you SO much to these guys who helped me get through this. I just wanted to share more details and simplified instructions for those who want to try to fix their own car. This process should work with multiple years of Grand Am productions. If anyone knows exactly, please let me know.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5g-1UkGFJAhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPTkLD2JR9Q