An elderly friend of mine wants to give me her ‘97 Aurora....It’s got 30,000 miles on it, pretty much just a grocery getter. Mechanic told her that the wiring harness is failing (which I doubt) ...apparently there’s an issue where the brain box thinks the turn signal is on even though it’s not, and there’s an issue as well with the day/night automatic headlight switch.
So, Is this something I can fix myself, or do I need to get my mechanic involved? Or do I take a pass on it and put it out of my head? The latter would be hard, I’ve wanted one of these for years, but never found the right one.
Im mechanically inclined, and have enough knowledge to change out switches and relays and such, but don’t know where to start.
It sounds like it is too far gone. You probably should give it to me. I will take care of it. Hahah
Joking aside, a lot of issues with the lights on this car are tied into the Multifunction (turn signal) switch on the column. Then there is a lamp control module (LCM) that has been known to have issues. Both of these are relatively easy to change. The problem is more getting the part. Very rare to find either of those new, best bet is a salvage yard. However, I would try something like described in this thread before anything. aurorah.proboards.com/thread/23492
100% certain that the wiring wouldn't be failing. The only real wiring problem I've seen over my years on this site /owning Auroras is the wiring in the boot on the driver's door breaking and needing repair.
Also the automatic headlights are controlled by a light sensor in the center dash nearest the windshield. Worst case scenario you could take the two wires to it and splice them together giving you manual control of the lights through the multifunction switch.
Either way I would absolutely take that car in a heart beat. If you don't take it, feel free to send it my way!