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Trun Signal erratic

When the adjustable steering column is down, the left turn signal does not function. When it is up and I release the adjusting lock and push it slightly above the normal setting, it works but only as long as pressure is applied.
How is this fixed? I think it is in the wiring. How do I access this and fix it myself?

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  • Anonymous Jul 29, 2008

    have same problem with my explorer sport,when steering column is tilted up,everything works find,if it is down,brake lights signals flashers dont work.what is the fix is the problem im having.



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Wire harness for the turn signal switch is loose and just needs to be pushed in again

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