Changing turn signal switch 1986 lincoln town car.
Do I need to take off steering wheel to change turn signal swith on the steering colum 12986 lincoln town car? thank you. The turn signal switch wand (arm or lever)was caught on my son's coat pocket and broke the switch so that it is loose (or free moving).
I bought a new turn signal switch, being told they break in the round plastic opening of the switch(the wand inserts into).
Question: Can the original wand(arm or lever)that attaches to the turn signal switch be removed from the old switch and used in the new one? If so, how do you do that?
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Re: changing turn signal switch 1986 lincoln town car.
Get a manual like chiltons or haynes to guide you through this one...Air bag needs to be disabled and yes, wheel needs to be removed.You will need a wheel puller and a tool to remove the steering lock plate. The arm either unscrews from or is screwed to the switch...either way, it's removable.
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Remove the steering wheel, turn signal reset (plastic), remove clip and spring. Remove trim to expose the entire colum. Disconnect all connectors. There are four main bolts holding the colum up. Remove the bolts and lower the colum. At the end of the steering shaft there is a bolt going through the colum. Remove the bolt. The colum can then be removed.
To remove turn switch, make sure steeing wheel is staight and remove horn button and steering wheel...Now you will need a special tool called LOCK PLATE REMOVAL tool . that will expose the turn swith.Unscrew the turn switch handle and emergency flasher switch.Remove 3 screws to remove the switch.At he bottom of the steering colum is a half-moon shaped connector that you need to disconnect and install a 3 foot piece of wire securelly so when you pull switch out the wire will be able to guide new switch wire into place and reinstall
You need to buy a new steering colum, they have snapped the steering lock and this damages the mechanism behind the steering wheel that affects the turn signals. Also you have to change it anyhow really as if you where to try and repair it, it could just lock up at any time while you where driving, this would make you crash as you wouldnt be able to steer.
check the outputs on the multi function switch (t/s switch) the brake lights and flashers all go threw this switch try to wiggle the flasher button if the lights start to work then the switch is bad to replace switch remove bottom cover by pedals if it has one bottom cover on steering colum has i beleave 4 screws that hold it on, the tilt colum lever unthreads and the cover will come off the upper colum just clips on you will have to remove the key tumbler to get it off . you need to disconnect the battery at this point and block the wheels. to get tumbler out put key in and turn to run postion there is a small silver button that pushes in with small screwdriver once its pushed in use the key to pull tumbler out the top cover will now come off you will probably have to tilt colum down and shift to 1 to get cover off there are 2 torx head screws that hold switch on plug new switch in and reconnect battery to test lights unhook battery again and reassemble please let me know how you make out