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Need to change blinker switch assembly in steering column

Cant get plate off to get to assembly

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Special tool steering wheel lock plate tool at any parts store.

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I purchased a flasher for 1996 lincoln town car and would like instructions and diagrams on installation


The flasher is located under the sterring wheel to the left, just over the brake pedal, the flasher unit is a (commonly) round or cubic dollar size piece.

Ford had a common problem that would cause the blinker operation to fail caused by a short circuit in the turn signal switch. The switch contact plate will come loose causing the blinkers to stay on or not work at all. To replace this switch remove the steering column cover (3 screws on the bottom facing upward). Once the steering column cover is off remove the two mounting screws that attach the switch to the column. When the switch is loose from the column remove the wiring harness connector and reconnect to the new switch. Remount the new switch with the mounting screws and re-attach the steering wheel column cover and recheck operation.

Hope this helps.

Jun 14, 2011 | Lincoln Town Car Cars & Trucks

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I have an 86 astrovan.the turn signal wont work,i check all bulbs And flasher they all good.what else can i check?


The actual switch is under the steering wheel. You have to use a steering wheel puller to get the steering wheel off. You also need a special tool to compress the shifter locking plate spring. Then you can check the switch to see if it's working. I have pasted the instructions below if you want to go at it. Let me know if you have questions.

The following procedure requires the use of the GM Lock Plate Compressor tool No. J-23653 or equivalent.
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Refer to the Steering Wheel, Removal and Installation procedures in this section and remove the steering wheel.
  3. If necessary, remove the steering column-to-lower instrument panel cover. Disengage the electrical harness connector from the steering column jacket (under the dash).
  4. Using a small prytool, insert into the slots between the steering shaft lock plate cover and the steering column housing, then pry upward to remove the cover from the lock plate.
  5. Using the GM Lock Plate Compressor tool No. J-23653-A or equivalent, screw the center shaft onto the steering shaft (as far as it will go), then screw the center post nut clockwise until the lock plate is compressed.
  6. Using a small prybar, carefully pry the snapring from the steering shaft slot.

If the steering column is being disassembled on a bench, the steering shaft will slide out of the mast jacket when the snapring is removed.
  1. Remove the GM Lock Plate Compressor tool No. J-23653 or equivalent, and the lock plate.
  2. Remove the multi-function lever-to-switch screw and the lever.
  3. To remove the hazard warning switch, press the knob inward and unscrew it.
  4. Remove the turn signal switch assembly-to-steering column screws.
  5. Lift the turn signal switch assembly from the steering column, then slide the electrical connector through the column housing and the protector.

If the steering column is the tilting type, position the steering housing into the Low position.
  1. To remove the harness cover, pull it toward the lower end of the column; be careful not to damage the wires.
  2. To remove the wire protector, grab the protector's tab with a pair of pliers, then pull the protector downward, out of the steering column.

Sep 24, 2010 | 1986 Chevrolet Astro Cargo

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How to change a tumbler we changed the ignition cilinder and it will turn but only in the direction of acc and not start position. is there a pin or something we are not seeing


Ignition lock cylinder removal


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WARNING On vehicles with air bags, disable the SIR system. The vehicles wheels must be in the straight ahead position and the key must be in the LOCK position when removing or installing the steering column. Failure to do so may cause the SIR coil assembly to become uncentered and may result in otherwise unneeded SIR repairs.


  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. If equipped, properly disable the SIR system, as outlined in Section 6 of this manual.
  3. Remove the left side lower trim panel.
  4. Remove the steering column-to-support screws and lower the steering column.
  5. Unplug the dimmer switch and turn signal switch connectors.
  6. Remove the wiring harness-to-firewall nuts.
  7. Remove the steering column-to-steering gear bolt and remove the steering column from the vehicle.
  8. Remove the combination switch.
  9. Place the lock cylinder in the RUN position.
  10. Remove the steering shaft assembly and turn signal switch housing as an assembly.
  11. Using the terminal remover tool No. J 35689A or equivalent, label and unplug the wires F and G on the connector at the buzzer switch assembly from the turn signal switch electrical harness connector.
  12. With the lock cylinder in the RUN position, remove the buzzer switch.
  13. Place the lock cylinder in the ACCESSORY position, remove the lock cylinder retaining screw, and remove the lock cylinder.
  14. Remove the dimmer switch nut/bolt, the dimmer switch, and the actuator rod.
  15. Remove the dimmer switch mounting stud (the mounting nut was attached to it).
  16. Remove the ignition switch-to-steering column screws and the ignition switch.
  17. Remove the lockbolt screws and the lockbolt.
  18. Remove the switch actuator rack and ignition switch.
  19. Remove the steering shaft lock and spring.
To install:
  1. To install the lockbolt, lubricate it with lithium grease and install the lockbolt, spring and retaining plate.
  2. Lubricate the teeth on the switch actuator rack, install the rack and the ignition switch through the opening in the steering bolt until it rests on the retaining plate.
  3. Install the steering column lock cylinder set by holding the barrel of the lock cylinder, inserting the key and turning the key to the ACCESSORY position.
  4. Install the lock set in the steering column while holding the rack against the lockplate.
  5. Install the lock retaining screw. Insert the key in the lock cylinder and turn the lock cylinder to the START position and the rack will extend.
  6. Center the slotted holes on the ignition switch mounting plate and install the ignition switch mounting screw and nut.
  7. Install the dimmer switch and actuator rod into the center slot on the switch mounting plate.
  8. Install the buzzer switch and turn the lock cylinder to the RUN position. Push the switch in until it is bottomed out with the plastic tab that covers the lock retaining screw.
  9. Install the steering shaft and turn signal housing as an assembly.
  10. Install the turn signal switch. Install the steering wheel to the column, and tighten the steering shaft nut to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm).
  11. Install the steering column in the vehicle. Connect all electrical leads. Install the lower trim panels.
  12. Connect the negative battery cable.
  13. If equipped, properly enable the SIR system, as outlined in Section 6 of this manual.
  14. Check steering column operations.

May 09, 2010 | 1993 Buick Regal

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How do u chang the ingition switch


Removal & Installation

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Park/lock cable removal

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Ignition lock cylinder removal

WARNING On vehicles with air bags, disable the SIR system. The vehicles wheels must be in the straight ahead position and the key must be in the LOCK position when removing or installing the steering column. Failure to do so may cause the SIR coil assembly to become uncentered and may result in otherwise unneeded SIR repairs.


  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. If equipped, properly disable the SIR system, as outlined in Section 6 of this manual.
  3. Remove the left side lower trim panel.
  4. Remove the steering column-to-support screws and lower the steering column.
  5. Unplug the dimmer switch and turn signal switch connectors.
  6. Remove the wiring harness-to-firewall nuts.
  7. Remove the steering column-to-steering gear bolt and remove the steering column from the vehicle.
  8. Remove the combination switch.
  9. Place the lock cylinder in the RUN position.
  10. Remove the steering shaft assembly and turn signal switch housing as an assembly.
  11. Using the terminal remover tool No. J 35689A or equivalent, label and unplug the wires F and G on the connector at the buzzer switch assembly from the turn signal switch electrical harness connector.
  12. With the lock cylinder in the RUN position, remove the buzzer switch.
  13. Place the lock cylinder in the ACCESSORY position, remove the lock cylinder retaining screw, and remove the lock cylinder.
  14. Remove the dimmer switch nut/bolt, the dimmer switch, and the actuator rod.
  15. Remove the dimmer switch mounting stud (the mounting nut was attached to it).
  16. Remove the ignition switch-to-steering column screws and the ignition switch.
  17. Remove the lockbolt screws and the lockbolt.
  18. Remove the switch actuator rack and ignition switch.
  19. Remove the steering shaft lock and spring.
To install:
  1. To install the lockbolt, lubricate it with lithium grease and install the lockbolt, spring and retaining plate.
  2. Lubricate the teeth on the switch actuator rack, install the rack and the ignition switch through the opening in the steering bolt until it rests on the retaining plate.
  3. Install the steering column lock cylinder set by holding the barrel of the lock cylinder, inserting the key and turning the key to the ACCESSORY position.
  4. Install the lock set in the steering column while holding the rack against the lockplate.
  5. Install the lock retaining screw. Insert the key in the lock cylinder and turn the lock cylinder to the START position and the rack will extend.
  6. Center the slotted holes on the ignition switch mounting plate and install the ignition switch mounting screw and nut.
  7. Install the dimmer switch and actuator rod into the center slot on the switch mounting plate.
  8. Install the buzzer switch and turn the lock cylinder to the RUN position. Push the switch in until it is bottomed out with the plastic tab that covers the lock retaining screw.
  9. Install the steering shaft and turn signal housing as an assembly.
  10. Install the turn signal switch. Install the steering wheel to the column, and tighten the steering shaft nut to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm).
  11. Install the steering column in the vehicle. Connect all electrical leads. Install the lower trim panels.
  12. Connect the negative battery cable.
  13. If equipped, properly enable the SIR system, as outlined in Section 6 of this manual.
  14. Check steering column operations.

Oct 18, 2009 | 1993 Pontiac Grand Prix

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Where's turn signal switch? on c280 1994 mercedes


The switch is the stalk assembly on steering column. The hazard switch is the relay(FLASHER). To replace switch r&r LF under dash and unplug 2 connectors at base of steering column(electrical). You will need a long t20 socket to remove airbag and then a 10mm allen to remove steering wheel. There are a series of screws to remove the c.c. switch steering airbag contact and blinker switch. I would recommend replacing the hazard switch first unless you are certain that the blinker switch is bad.

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Assembly that blinker arm sets in


CAnt explain that one.. Ive replaced millions.. but words cant describe..

Mar 17, 2009 | 1993 Pontiac Bonneville

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My blinkers are going off.


I had a SIMILAR problem for months. I thought the solenoid in the emergency blinker button was broken (because that was where the abnormal blinking would come from) but that wasn't the problem.

Take the top cover off of the steering column.

Remove the three screws from the underneath side of the column and remove the bottom cover.
(this may be a pain in the **** to get back on later!)

there is one screw on the top of the column that you must remove and then the whole blinker assembly will slide right off the top.

Disconnect the harnesses at the back of if it and take it to a workstation...here's where your problem is.

On the blinker side back side remove the cover screws and notice that the copper plate the blinker switch moves across is probably full of dirty grease that is probably preventing good contact or abnormal blinking. Take care to remove the grease from the plate and from between the different gaps along it's path.

Re-assemble and take care to push in a couple little switch/buttons when placing the blinker assembly back on the column.

I hope this helps. Since you are having a problem with irregular timing on your issue then, IN MY OPINION, you have something that must be making irregular contact. This really isn't too bad of a repair and if you'd rather just buy new parts (though I don't know why you would) it's about 60 bucks at autozone or probably around 15-20 at a U-pull-It type auto salvage.

Good luck!!!

Feb 15, 2009 | 2000 Oldsmobile Alero

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Changing an ignition cylinder on a 1995 buick century


There is a special spring compressor used to compress the lock plate spring underneath it, then you will be able to remove the snap ring holding the lock plate down, and lock plate spring. You will then need to remove the blinker multi function switch. You will then have access to the bolt holding in the ignition cylinder. There are 2 wires attached to it that run down the inside of the steering column that will need to be unplugged at the base, and new wires threaded down through the steering column when installing the new ignition lock cylinder.

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Blinker/light stem fallen out of steering column


CENTER the steering wheel/wheels straight ahead. Remove the air bag using the proper Torx driver. Unplug the wiring connector. Using the proper socket, undo the big nut that holds the steering wheel on. Now, bang the steering wheel left/right/left/right hands until the steering wheel comes loose. Now, here is where it gets a little tricky. There is a round black circle with a yellow tag with red letters. Put tape on it to keep it from rotating right or left. Remove the 4 screws. DO NOT TURN THE ROUND THING. If you turn it, you may damage it. Now, remove the screws that hold on the headlamp switch. Unplug the connector & bolt in the new switch. Easy, as long as you do NOT move the setting on the round thing. This is the air-bag "clockspring".

Jun 20, 2008 | 1998 Toyota Celica

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Blinker problem


I would suggest an internally shorted multifunction switch. It should not be very expensive at a dealer and really easy to replace.
MULTI-FUNCTION SWITCH REMOVAL
  1. Disconnect battery negative cable.
  2. Remove the upper steering column cover. Refer to steering column cover removal procedures below.
  3. Remove multi-function switch mounting screws Multi-Function Switch
  4. Disconnect wire connectors. Lift the switch straight up to remove.
INSTALLATION For installation, reverse the above procedures.
  1. Tighten multi-function switch to column retaining screws to 2.3 N·m (20 in. lbs.) torque.
  2. Tighten steering column cover retaining screws to 2 N·m (17 in. lbs.) torque.

Jun 19, 2008 | 1998 Chrysler Sebring

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