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What is the little button under the steering column on 1997 ford explorer

There is a small button just under the steering column, would like to know what it is for

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Sometimes my key won't turn in my 2001 ford ranger, I turn the steering wheel as much as I can and it helps sometimes...not this AM :-(


This is a well know problem with a ford. I am dealing with this problem now. It is either the keyed ignition or the starting module located in the steering column.. If you look under the key ignition, there will be a small hole under it. Play with it until you get it to turn to the on position and place a nail or a small round file in the hole and press up and the keyed ignition will come straight out. If this is not the problem then it will be the starting module in the steering column and is a huge headache due to having to take the entire steering column out to fix. I am taking mine to get fixed in the morning and it is going to cost me about 250.00 to get fixed.

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I have an '87 4Runner. On top of my steering column there is a small button that says "push." I pushed this button and now my steering wheel is locked and I can't get my key to turn at all. It...


Push the button while turning the steering wheel back and forth {key out}.
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How to remove steering column from a 1970-1981 firebird


disconnect the battery under the hood under the brake cylinder on steering shaft there is an 11/16 nut remove that slide the bolt out there should be a small linkage arm with a rod going to the transmission remove the clip that holds the rod to the small arm and pop out the rod it might be tough under the dash on floor unbolt the bolts 7/16 head around the black plate to the left of the gas pedal up under the dash where the column meets the dash there are 2 studs pointing down remove the nuts 9/16 head and slowly lower the column down just enough to reach in and remove the electrical plugs from the ignition switch turn signal plug and the bottom of column the neutral safety switch turn the column so the small arm clears the hole in floor and pull the column up towards you while tugging on it hope this helps

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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.

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My car sounds like knocking noise under the steerin column they dealer claim they changed the steering column but i still hear that noise what is it


It could just be some small amount of bearing play in the steering column. You could bring it to another shop for a second oppinion or take a look at it yourself. If you choose to do it then ask another person to help. With the steering unlocked and the engine of. Have that person rock the steering wheel back and forth until you can hear that noise. Take a look under the hood and try to locate the source. You may want to put your hand on different parts to feel for the sound. !be careful not to put your hand somewhere where it could get pinched or hurt! Let me know how you made out.

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i dont know if it will be the same as the 97 grand am but you can try. If you look under the steering wheel on the steering column cover. There should be a small rectangle about an inch long and a half inch wide. Remove the cover for the hole. Stick your pinky straight up then push toward you. There should be a small cylinder that almost acts as a button. As you press this try turning you key off. This should work for you. If you dont have that small home you could remove the plastic cover, four small bolts. Then depress the button that way.

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Signals or flashers dont work


hi friend,
Remove the battery cable, or you may drain the battery!
Under the steerng column, there are three phillips head screws. Remove these, lower the steering column, and remove the tilt lever, Chilton's says you may need a small wrench to remove that lever. Remove the lower portion of the steering column cowl. Insert the ignition key, and turn to the running position. Since you have disconnected the battery cable, the car should not turn over. When you look at the bottom of the steering column, under the lock cylinder, you will see a round spot with a smaller circle in the middle. Use a small screwdriver or awl to depress the center spot. You should now be able to pull the lock cylinder out, and remove the top of the steering column cowl. On the very top of the steering column, you will see the connector to the multi-function switch. If the locking clips are broken, as they probably will be, as your car is now 20 years old, you have a problem. Pretty easy to fix. If you look carefully at the connector, you will notice there are two groups of wire, one on each side, with no wires in the middle of the connector. .Here is a better idea than Fords. Pull the connector up, and get yourself some slack! Make certain that the steering column is at it's lowest position, and that when you plug the connector in, it is not being pulled on.Then using a small drill, maybe 1/8 inch, carefully drill right next to the little nub, that USED to hold the locking clip. Then put a 1" screw into the hole. That should hold it! Now reassemble the steering column. Watch for the "key in ignition sensor contact. The clip that holds that in place is very small. Mine was also broken. I put a little bit of silicone adhesive on it, pressed it back into place, and wrapped two wraps of electrician's tape around it, making sure that the tape was stuck onto itself. I know, this all sounds so tacky! Get a clue! Your car is 20 years old. You are going to need to get creative to keep it running!
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Steering column


If you no longer have your owner's manual, you can download a copy here:
http://safemanuals.com/user-guide-instructions-owner-manual/BUICK/SKYLARK%201997

I doubt if that button somehow bypasses or resets the alarm, that would be kind of self-defeating.

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