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I NEED TO REPLACE MY TURN SIGNAL/HAZARD SWITCH,MY PROBLEM IS THE LOCK ACTUATOR IS BROKEN DOWN INSIDE WHERE THE ACTUATOR WOULD SLIDE DOWN INTO THE COLUMN. AND I CAN'T FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET THE TURN SIGNAL PLUG OUT TO INSTALL THE NEW SWITCH AND PLUG IN. I HAVE A 1986 FORD F-150 SUPERCAB 351W/5.8L WITH TILT WHEEL AND CRUISE CONTROL.PLEASE HELP

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  • James Resenbeck Nov 10, 2010

    IF THE PLUG WON'T GO THROUGH THE COLUMN HOW DO I GET THE OLD ONE OUT & THE NEW ONE IN THROUGH THE COLUMN.

  • James Resenbeck Nov 10, 2010

    OKAY ,THANK YOU FOR YOUR SOLUTION ON THE TURN SIGNAL/HAZARD SWITCH. NOW, HOW DO I GET OUT THE BROKEN LOCK ACTUATOR . THE LONG PART IS BROKEN DOWN IN THE SLIDE PART OF THE COLUMN.

  • James Resenbeck Nov 10, 2010

    OKAY, THANKS FOR THE SOLUTION ON THE TURN/HAZARD SWITCH.NOW ,HOW DO I GET THE BROKEN LOCK ACTUATOR OUT.THE LONG PIECE IS BROKEN OFF DOWN IN THE SLEEVE WHERE IT IS SUPPOSE TO SLIDE DOWN INTO. PLEASE HELP!!

  • James Resenbeck Nov 10, 2010

    I HAVE THE LOCK ACTUATOR OUT.MY PROBLEM IS GETTING THE NEW ONE IN.IT IS THE RIGHT ACTUATOR BUT,IT WON'T SLIDE IN.I HAVE THE UPPER CASING OFF.IHAVE THE IGNJTION ROD OFF.MY PROBLEM IS GETING THE LOWER CASING OFF.I HAVE THE 3ALLEN SCREWS OUT BUT,THE LOWER CASING WON'T SLIDE OVER THE INTERNAL COLUMN,IT LOOKS LIKE A SMALL UNIVERSAL JOINT.I HAVE TO GET IT OFF SO THE ACTUATOR LOCK WILL SLIDE IN.IF I FORCE IT IT WILL BEND/BREAK.IDO HAVE A TILT STEERING WHEEL.PLEASE HELP

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Hi!
Here are the instructions to remove the turn signal/Hazard switch:

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2. Remove the steering wheel.
  3. Remove the turn signal lever by unscrewing it from the steering column.
  4. Disconnect the turn signal indicator switch wiring connector plug by lifting up the tabs on the side of the plug and pulling it apart.
  5. Remove the switch assembly attaching screws.
  6. On trucks with a fixed column, lift the switch out of the column and guide the connector plug through the opening in the shift socket.
  7. On trucks with a tilt column, remove the connector plug before removing the switch from the column. The shift socket opening is not large enough for the plug connector to pass through.
  8. Install the turn signal switch in the reverse order of removal. Check turn signal switch for proper operation.

Here is an exploded view of the steering column to help with the task at hand.


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  • Rene J Solis Nov 10, 2010

    On trucks with a tilt column, remove the connector plug before removing the switch from the column. The shift socket opening is not large enough for the plug connector to pass through.






    YOU MAY WANT TO TAKE A PICTURE AND LABEL THE WIRES AND THE CONNECTOR TO AVOID CONFUSION.



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  • Rene J Solis Nov 10, 2010

    I Think what happened to your vehicle is the same thing that happened to mine, (88 F350) the Ignition rod broke where the lower and upper actuator mate, (check the circled drive gear in above diagram) to fix this you'll need to remove the Lock Cylinder, do the following:





    1. Make sure Shift Lever is in the PARK position.

    2. Turn lock cylinder to "RUN" position. Insert a 1/8" (3.18 mm) diameter wire pin or punch in access hole and depress retaining pin. Pull out on lock cylinder.

    3. On models with standard column, access hole is located inside column near base of lock cylinder housing. On models with tilt column, hole is located on column housing adjacent to hazard flasher button.

    4. Remove Ignition Switch form column, and slide it down to clear the Ignition Rod from column cover.

    5. Remove Ignition Rod from Switch and Replace w/new Rod

    6. To install, reverse removal procedure.

  • Rene J Solis Nov 10, 2010

    Click on the following link for step by step directions and pictures on how to remove and install the lock/start actuator and everything else in the tilt column.




    Let me know how it goes.

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Disconnect the negative cable on the battery.
Remove the horn button by unscrewing from the rear of each of the steering wheel spokes, and then disconnecting the wires.
Mark the position of the steering wheel on the column and on the steering wheel itself so that you can lign up the steering wheel to the correct position on reassembly.
Unbolt the steering wheel centre nut and pull the wheel off with a puller.
Remove the turn signal lever buy unscrewing.
Disconnect the switch wiring plug.
Record the wire position on the connector plug on a seperate piece of paper.
Remove the plug from the wiring. Insert a small screwdriver into the opposite end of the wiring to release each wire from the connector. Use a draw wire taped to the wiring before drawing the wiring out. This will help when drawing the wires back in.

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    Rene Rossouw Nov 10, 2010

    Once the wires are out and the switch removed remove the 2 halves of the extention shroud.(unsnaps at 9-o'-clock position)
    Remove the lock cylinder :
    Unplug key warning switch connector.
    Turn the key to "On"
    Have a look at the underside of the lock cylinder casting there is a hole. You will need a 1/8" thick wire or similar to insert into the hole. This releases a retaining pin in the lock cylinder so that the lock cylinder can be pulled out. On refitting depress the pin, insert the cylinder and be sure that the cylinder is fully seated before turning ignition to the "Off" position.
    Remove the upper column shroud by undoing the 4 screws to expose the actuator.
    The last notch on the gear engages with the last notch on the actuator on reassembly.

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