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Postby Chevette Girl » 27 Feb 2008, 05:04

So, last night as I was driving a friend home, whatever it was that used to cancel the left turn signal after the turn is complete stopped doing its job. It's such a little thing, but so damned annoying. :roll: And it's one more thing for my hubby to roll his eyes at, since he doesn't much care for my decrepit old Beast. It's like missing a hubcap, it makes it that much closer to seeming like a junker to the unenlightened...:oops:

Does anyone know if this is one of those $.10 parts with a $1000 labour kind of thing as I suspect it is?

I'm presuming it's something in the steering column, and I've never gone messing around in there.
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Postby Gordo » 27 Feb 2008, 06:38

Not sure about your particular model but they're usually a couple of plastic springy clips that are flicked by a notch in a collar on the shaft.
Usual fault is the plastic clip breaks - I assume it still works from the other direction.
Try contacting some of the other American/Canadian folks - if you've a workshop manual, it should be in there.
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Postby Doive » 27 Feb 2008, 17:49

The fix *should* be as simple as pulling the steering wheel off, undoing a few screws and a wiring connector, and replacing the turn signal stalk. In theory. In practice it may be possible to fabricate a new stub which catches on the steering wheel on it's way past, and cancels the signal.
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Postby CancerWagon » 28 Feb 2008, 07:59

The diesel stopped cancelling the left signal too in the last month I ran it. Bits are not too hard to come by in scrap yards as pretty much any other 70's / 80's RWD GM car from north america had the same steering coloum internals.

Fix it yourself? Not a incredibly difficult task, but will take an afternoon, and a pot of tea.

Pull wheel center, remove snap ring and remove nut [#40,#1]. (a 4 way wheel wrench is handy for the nut) pull wheel off or use a steering wheel remover if neccessary. (princess auto has just the thing :wink: )

Compress the steering lock plate [#2/#4] against the spring [#6] and remove the snap ring [#3] from the steering shaft. Plate [#2,#4] will slide off, exposing the good stuff you need to get at. [#12]

[#10 and #11] connect the arm to the switch, [#12]



Green plastic bit with copper plate on it [#5], this has two bumps on it, this is what clicks the signal off. It goes against two little springs integral to [#12] and when the signal is clicked on, one spring is close enough to press on the bumps on the green plascic bit. Rub past it one way the spring springs, and the other it presses the indicater toward center (off)

It's likely a spring has gone missing or broken, and if this is the case, I'll mail you a couple for naught.

Getting the snap ring off is harder than just switching out the whole steering coloum. Seriosuly. Making a bent piece of metal you can use to compress the locking plate using the steering wheel bolt on the shaft, will make it rather easy. Again, I think princess auto has something for that.
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Postby Chevette Girl » 02 Mar 2008, 21:53

Awesome, Chris!! Thanks!

That's what I like best about the enthusiast's repair description over the manual's description. The manual never mentions that the snap ring holding the brakes on is easier to cut through than get off properly, and they always want you do do things the hard way, like draining the radiator to change the heater core... :P

I think I'll just suffer with the nuisance until it's warmer, I need to officially have a car day one of these weekends... actually I think I need a few of them, gotta do something about the falling headliner, a few bondo patches need replacing, need to reset the valve cover gaskets AGAIN, the heatproof paint I used on my aircleaner wasn't, and I need to clean the whole interior out again and vacuum it and stuff, which hasn't been done since the last major bodywork repair 3 years ago... and I'll investigate Princess Auto's abilities as well as Part Source's abilities to help BEFORE I get started, as opposed to trying to drive myself there with a pair of visegrips instead of the steering wheel (it's not far, Officer, honest)... (did that with my first Acadian, granted there was no more driving it at that point, just pushing it around to get it out of the way)

While I'm down there, I wonder if there are any connections I can check for the horn... Seems it's getting kind of intermittent again...

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Postby CancerWagon » 02 Mar 2008, 22:10

The bit of metal poing out of the signal switch is the horn electrical contact, it rubs on the plastic green bit (that also cancels the signal) and that green bit has the protrusion that makes it through the steering wheel :wink:

so just clean up everything while you're working on the signal and the horn will cost you no extra time. :)
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