On Honda vehicles such as the first-generation Ridgeline pickup truck and the Pilot SUV, the turn signal may stop working. When you press the left turn signal nothing happens and the amber bulbs don't blink at all.
This can be frustrating especially if you checked the fuses and they seem ok. You should also check the turn signal bulbs as well to make sure they are not burned. Once you check the fuses and turn signal bulbs. If you find that both the bulbs and fuses are OK, the next step is to replace the turn signal relay.
A faulty turn signal replay could cause a number of issues including:
- The turn signal doesn't work
- Signal hyper flashes, rapid flashing
- No sound when the blinker is on
- Turn signal sound is too weak
- Honda left turn signal doesn't work, the right works
- Honda's right signal doesn't work, the left works
- Turn arrow doesn't flash on the dashboard
- Turn blinking sporadically and making random buzzing noises.
The majority of the problems described above are often caused by a faulty turn signal relay. Watch the video in this article to find out how to replace it yourself.
Replace the turn signal relay located under the dashboard, driver side. The relay may have part numbers RY-731 Ridgeline / Pilot, Accord, and Acura MDX. Honda Odyssey may use part number RY717. Remove the old relay and check the part number before ordering a new one.
Replacing the relay is easy and takes about 15 minutes. All you need is long nose pliers.
Follow these steps to replace the turn signal relay:
- Press the parking brake. This will give you more room to access the fuse panel.
- Slide under the dashboard on the driver's side.
- Locate the turn signal relay and pull it out using pliers.
- Press the new turn signal relay in place. Ensure the round circle with the holes (speaker) is located on the same side.
The video above shows how to replace the turn signal relay yourself in under 15 minutes.
The turn signal relay may also be called a flasher relay. It is the same part for many models. For example, the flasher relay from a 2006 Honda Ridgeline will also fit a 2008 Acura MDX as the part is interchangeable. With that said, we recommend that the replacement part number matches the old part number.
If your Honda or Acura turn signal doesn't work, the most common problem is a failed turn signal relay. The turn signal relay is located in the fuse box under the dashboard on the driver's side. It takes less than 15 minutes to fix this problem yourself and you don't need any special tool. Technically you can remove the grey relay without any tools, but pulling it with pliers makes it a lot easier.