I have a 1996 Caravan and the signal lights will not shut off when the steering wheel goes back to center. I am considering changing the multi-function switch for the wipers/signal lights, but not sure if that is the problem. Any suggestions?
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The steering column wheel has 2 pins pushed into the back side of it and as you turn the steering wheel making a turn, the pins slide over the humps of the blinker signal. As you return the wheel back to center to drive straight, these pins then hit the humps in the turn signal and push the turn signal back to the original position. It sounds like one of these pins fell out or broke off. You need to pull steering wheel and check to see if these pins are still inserted on the back side of the steering wheel.
you mean turn signal cam replacment 1 disconnect battery 2remove the hub or air bag on steering wheel (center Part of wheel) maybe two screws in the back of steering wheel remove first 3 remove horn button and steering wheel retaining nut then install steering wheel puller 15.99 at autozone. notice the steering wheel angle it only goes back on one way. 4 next shoulb a lock plate there is a retainer ring remove it with a lock plate retainer tool 8.99 use a pair of needle nose to remove ring dont bend out of shape. 5 now you can remove the turn cam two screws on selector and one screw on the hazard light switch then 3 screws on the cam you will need a # 2 and a #1 phillps for these screws. 6 disconnect power cord it probally goes down through column remove the knee plate to see wires by the pedals. 7 thread the new wire harness back down the column with a piece of bailing wire or equalivent. 8 reinstall all in reverse order.
You have a lever inside the steering housing that gets tripped to shut it off. Sometimes it breaks off. The air bag light is a problem that I believe is a Recall thing. But mileage or time may be gone out of date.
I had a problem with an old car one time where the blinker lever thing would turn on only to one position and not either return to neutral(off) or turn to opposite way. I was told to take off the steering wheel (mark alignment notches on shaft and steering wheel thing that goes on shaft)and look at the turn signal mechanism inside to see what makes it go off:found a broken "turn off" piece of plastic that sticks out to make signal go off when you turn the wheel the opposite way or for when you turn the lever/signal to neutral/off position. It was hell remembering how I took things off;I took a picture before and during the surgery...ha,ha. Good luck!!
You will probably need to remove the steering wheel which means disconnecting the air bag. Not recommended for owners without experience. There is a ring around the shaft that pushes the switch arm back to center that is probably broken.
I would check your brake light swich located under dash just fallow your brake pedle with a test light see if you have power going to it slitely press brake pedle see if other side of switch has power (key on car not running) if not try ajusting it by pulling on it or unscewing it if all checks out ok replace turn signal switch disconnect battery remove center part of steerring remove center bolt with steerring puller pull steering wheel with locking plate puller pull locking plate remove turn signal handle emergency button three scews holding turn signal under dash fallow steering colum disconect wires on right side (passenger side) tape a long wire to end of connector pull turn signal without pulling tape wire all the way out so you can tape it to new turn signal wire connector to be able to pull wires back down steerring colume (you might have to losen steerring colume and bracket two scews under dash four on steering colume)
1. You are going to need a steering wheel puller.
2. You remove the steering wheel center.
3. you remove the large steering column nut, then install steering wheel puller to remove the steering wheel. It is necessary to mark the shaft to the steering wheel so that it will go back in the same position.
Once the steering wheel is removed, you can see the turn signal switch. There is one center screw that holds the turn signal switch inside the steering wheel hub.
Once the screw is removed the signal can be lifted up over the steering wheel shaft.
Now leaving that, go underneather the dash area and remove the smallpanel around the steering wheel shaft. There you will find a large electrical connector with all the wires that are used in the steering column. This connector can either be fed up thru the column or by disconnecting all of the wires and feeding them up through the column.
this will remove the old switch. The new switch and its wiring harness must now be fed back down the steering column and then reconnected to the large electrical connector.
Now re-install the new switch, screw the turn signal stem back into the switch assembly and the re-install the steering wheel, according to the aligments marks you made, otherwise your steering wheel will be off centered. Tighten down steering wheel center nut, and other panels. Check operation of switch.
Factory manuel gives mechanics 1 hour to do this, but it cam take up to 4 hours.
I changed a turn signal switch on an older model and it wasn't too
difficult. First you have to remove the horn button or top center piece
of the steering wheel. There should be screws from the bottom side that
you remove to do this. Once you get that off there is simply a large
nut in the center than needs to be removed that holds the steering
wheel on. [I did not need any sort of steering wheel puller.] Once the
steering wheel is off you'll see how the turn signal switch is
attached. its simply a matter of disconnecting the wires and removing
screws and then putting everything back together. Make sure you get the
steering wheel properly positioned. Before you start simply make sure
the wheel is positioned in the straight ahead position.