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Unread 05-14-2001, 05:46 PM   #1
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Signal lever self destructed

The turn signal lever, which ingeniously also controls windshield wipers and high beams on my 89 wranger came apart. The steel lever separated inside the housing and the plastic sleeves broke off. Right now ive got a rubber band holding it in but im getting a cramp in my arm from flicking the stupid lever to make the windshield wipers work when it rains (it used to never rain in dallas before this broke) I believe chrysler calls this a multifunction something or other.... my question is is replacing this thing difficult? every time i take this into the dealership for anything it costs me an arm and leg.... including the cylinders gone eggs shapped advice that cost me $2500 for a new engine to cure my blowby..... help please

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Unread 05-16-2001, 03:41 PM   #2
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I helped my brother replace the turn signal/wiper stalk a few months ago. His broke off while putting the roll cage in. He too, had the little piece of stalk stuck in there. It wasn't easy!
The tool you definately need is the steering wheel puller, which is the same thing as a harmonic balancer puller. It can be used to compress the lockplate as well as pulling the steering wheel, although there is a special tool for the lockplate too. It took us all day. There is so much crap under that steering wheel. We have the Jeep Service Manual.. not the Haynes Repair Manual! It tells you exactly how to do it, but there are so many things to go wrong in there. I think we took it apart 5-6 times to get the horn to work again. But if you pay attention and remember where everything goes.. it shouldn't be too bad. We both agree that it might have been worth 80 bucks to have a little shop do it. The stalk is only $20 if I remember right.

Good luck!
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Unread 05-17-2001, 02:37 AM   #3
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Thanks for the input... sounds like something I'll find someone other than the dealership to for me..... when people start talking pullers etc..... thats were i draw the line... much as in computers im a user not a techie... same for my jeep
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