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Quick facts: When we turned on the hazard lights, they blinked once only. Hit the button again and they blinked on/off once only (again). Held the button in half-way and the hazards blinked on/off twice, then once very slowly, then quit.

Thought it was the button...so replaced it with a brand new one from Kia. No flashers AT ALL now. Not even the left or right turn signals. No turn signals at all...no hazards at all.

We've replaced the Hazard Button on the dash, and the small black flasher box from the fuse box behind the kick-panel under the steering wheel.

ANY HELP is GREATLY appreciated. We live in a rural area with LOUSY internet service...as a result we're unable to get images from the KGIS :-(

This is a 2006 Spectra in Texas (a Cerato in other countries, right?) with 85k trouble-free miles. We're stumped. :(
 

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Quick facts: When we turned on the hazard lights, they blinked once only. Hit the button again and they blinked on/off once only (again). Held the button in half-way and the hazards blinked on/off twice, then once very slowly, then quit.

Thought it was the button...so replaced it with a brand new one from Kia. No flashers AT ALL now. Not even the left or right turn signals. No turn signals at all...no hazards at all.

We've replaced the Hazard Button on the dash, and the small black flasher box from the fuse box behind the kick-panel under the steering wheel.

ANY HELP is GREATLY appreciated. We live in a rural area with LOUSY internet service...as a result we're unable to get images from the KGIS :-(

This is a 2006 Spectra in Texas (a Cerato in other countries, right?) with 85k trouble-free miles. We're stumped. :(

Look for the flasher relay in the main engine fuse panel. Swap it with any other relay to verify the issue. If swapping it works, replace the bad one. Let us know if that doesn't help and we'll dig a little deeper.

And yes, the Spectra is the US name for the Cerato.
 

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UPDATE: Problem turned out to be completely unrelated to the car's factory parts.

We'd previously added a "fuse tap"...one of those wires leading from the under-dash fuse box which allows you to easily tap into the power coming from the fuse box, without creating an ugly mess of wiring. It had a short in it. VERY FRUSTRATING. In 20+ years of adding power options (either directly to the battery, or via the fuse box) we've *never* seen a simple component like this fail. This particular item was less than a week old, and made in China...and while I have nothing at all against the Chinese people (we all bleed red blood; we're all human; we all love our children), some of the products which are being imported from there are really beginning to disappoint me.

SINCERE THANKS ratsttam...with your advice we were able to confirm that the problem wasn't related to the flasher relay in the engine bay. That led us back to the fuse panel under the dash. While the continuity between the fuse leads was good (which made us think the power flowing through it should have been good), the fuse tap had a short in it which stopped the flow btwn the good fuse and the fuse panel itself...of all things!!
 

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You said "the fuse tap had a short in it which stopped the flow btwn the good fuse and the fuse panel itself...of all things!!"
What you had was an "open" condition and not a short...
Kirchhoff's law states "in order for current to flow there must be a complete loop...Break the loop anywhere and current stops flowing..."
The connection within the fuse adaptor opened and current stopped flowing..
Just a correction to keep others from mis-information being passed on.
Dave
 
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