The primary function of the indicator stalk is to communicate with the indicator lights on the front, side and rear of the vehicle to warn other drivers of a change in direction. Later model vehicles now have many other functions operated by the indicator stalk such as high beam headlight controls.
A faulty indicator stalk causing your indicator lights to stop working or sending confusing messages to other drivers is highly dangerous. Telltale signs all is not well with the indicator stalk are, indicator sticking in an on position, , burning smells or indicator lights not working at all. The problem can often be solved with simple clean or by replacing the indicator switch or relay. It is also important to check the indicator connections for loose or faulty wiring.
If your indicator stalk has reached the end of it’s life cycle, it can be easily replaced at low cost with moderate mechanical knowledge.