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After removing the snap ring and the nut below it on the steering column; what do I remove next in order to get the turn signal switch replaced?

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  • lightnotes Aug 28, 2010

    New to this e- help game too. Do I keep threading the tool on the shaft when it looks like it bottoms out? Is that bottom plate supposed to move? I'm worried about using too much torque and stripping out the tool.

    Thanks much,

    Todd

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You need a steering column lock plate compressor it threads onto the shaft and pushes the lock plate in compressing the spring and allows you room to remove the lock ring around the steering column shaft then you remove the tool , ring , lock plate , then you can see the turn signal switch sometimes you can push the plate in with your left hand and pry the lock ring out with the right hand

Posted on Aug 28, 2010

  • dkrippa Aug 28, 2010

    ok i take it you have the steering wheel removed ? yes turn the lock plate tool down so it pushes the lock plate in just enough to get at the clip 1/8 - 1/4 inch its not an e clip or a snap ring its a round circular clip with a gap sometimes you have to use 2 small screwdrivers pry one end up and hold it and work it up and around till it comes up

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