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Unread 10-18-2008, 01:52 PM   #1
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Write Up: Replace the Turn Signal Switch on 97+ XJ

How to Change the Turn Signal Switch: 1997 and up XJ
I didn't see a write-up on replacing the turn signal switch so I made one.

Symptoms:
My hazard lights would not work when the switch was activated.
When activating a left hand turn signal, the hazard flashers would go on.
On occasion, nothing would go on when the left turn signal was activated.

Solution:
Time for a new switch. This is a very common issue on 97+ XJ's. I got my switch from ebay for $40 shipped.

Tools:
T-15 Torx bit
Phillips screw driver

Time:
1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

If you have a tilt steering wheel, adjust the steering wheel to the top position.
Remove the 3 screws on the bottom of the plastic shroud with a Phillips screwdriver. Two are in front, one is way in the back on the ignition side.
Remove the bottom half of the plastic shroud.



If you have a tilt steering wheel, adjust the steering wheel to the bottom position.
Remove the top half of the plastic shroud.



Remove the 3 screws that hold the rubber dust guard using the T-15 Torx bit. There are two on top and one on the bottom (on the turn signal side of the column).





The tilt adjust lever blocks the removal of the turn signal switch so you will have to remove the cable from the adjster so that you can rotate the adjuster out of the way.



There are 2 electrical connectors, remove the top one first - I used a screw driver to depress the connector lock and pulled the top wiring harness out.


Then remove the bottom electrical connector. I had to move the turn signal switch towards the roof so that the wiring harness could be removed. In the picture - they red bracket prevents the yellow part of the wiring harness from pulling out completely. Raise the switch and the harness will clear the red portion of the other component.



Remove the old switch. Put in the new switch. Installation is exactly the reverse of removal.

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Unread 10-18-2008, 05:51 PM   #2
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Perfect timing with the write up. My 2000 turn signal switch is hanging up on right turns. It won't shut off all the way.
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Unread 10-18-2008, 10:18 PM   #3
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Nice writeup!
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Unread 10-19-2008, 12:00 PM   #4
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kind of a similar question...my hazard lights, if i dont push the switch back and then over only one side of my turn signals will go on, if i push back on the switch then all four will work, is this something that could fix that as well?

edit, i read more about what you said at the top, but my symptoms are opposite of yours...haha
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Nice writeup. If balloo doesn't sticky this, shoot him a PM. This should be in the Tech/FAQ.
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Unread 12-06-2008, 09:43 PM   #6
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Excellent writeup...will be replacing the switch on my XJ tomorrow.
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Unread 12-07-2008, 11:06 AM   #7
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Just finished installing my new switch. I would recommend that you take off the upper and lower dash covers as well (left them on when I disassembed the column covers...very hard to get the column covers off; took the dash covers off, made reassembly much easier). Only skinned one knuckle in the process, but well worth it to have a fully functioning turn signal switch again.
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Unread 12-15-2008, 11:21 AM   #8
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Does this also apply for the Wiper stalk switch, or do we need to remove the steering wheel.
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Unread 05-31-2009, 06:07 PM   #9
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I just replaced the switch and combination flasher in my "00 xj and everything is working fine now except that when i open my door the front blinkers/dash lights flash for about 15 seconds after i close the door. could this be the security system? any ideas on how to solve this?
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Unread 05-31-2009, 06:08 PM   #10
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the whiper and signal switches use the same steps for replacement.
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Unread 05-31-2009, 06:09 PM   #11
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Good writeup

if this ever happens to me in the future, I know where to look
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Unread 05-31-2009, 07:45 PM   #12
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I've done it a few times and I've managed without taking the cable off of the tilt lever, though I'm sure that doing so makes it much easier.
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Unread 06-01-2009, 06:39 PM   #13
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Good write up!

Only thing I think you should add is:

When removing the lower shroud, you have to pop off the black plastic on the ignition.

I just took it all apart yesterday and I didn't realize that it just popped off and I spent like 20 minutes trying to work around it, until I pulled so hard bc I was so pissed off, that it finally popped off on its own. After that, it was smooth sailing
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Unread 10-16-2009, 12:07 PM   #14
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Can someone add in a pic of this part so when 'm ordering one from the tards at the parts store I dont get the wrong thing? My 97TJ doesnt have any turn signals at all right now and I've ruled out the fuses and put in a new relay.
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Unread 10-16-2009, 02:56 PM   #15
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Here's a link to what the assembly looks like (from RockAuto): http://info.rockauto.com/getimage/ge...tex/1S1814.jpg

I did this last winter in a '98 TJ. I remember it being much easier with the wheel tilted all the way down.
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