I noticed on the 86 I just got, the key is tight and sure it is dry inside on the tumbler. The rubber tip on the turn signal arm is also gone. I ordered a new arm this week and decided to replace switch and everything under the steering wheel. I was checking at O'Reilly's and they don't show a turn signal switch for an 86. They do show back from 85.. Is there something different about 85 to 86? Also, is the switch different from tilt to non-tilting? Getting the key and tumbler was no problem to replace....
That was not the blog but that will work... I have rebuilt Ford ones before but not the Jeep (GM) one. I took it down to the locking plate and shut it down for today. Will need to buy or fabricate me a puller to press down on the spring plate to remove lock ring... The key tumbler is tight so I will replace both switch and turn signal while I have it out.. It is 24 years old and will not hurt to change while it is down..
Twistedper, just a note for you.... The link to the Chevy column is not the same as my 86 Jeep was. The top section above the spring is the same. However, if you are doing the turn signals as well as the key, I hope you have lots of patience. The cover plate that goes down the column is two pieces. For the Chevy, there are 3 screws that secure the key part of the column to the bearing housing, key housing, etc. It shows just removing the 3 screws and the short collar comes right off leaving all the stuff accessible. On mine, there were 4 screws holding it down. When your remove those screws, the entire shaft collar all the way down to the steering column mounting to the dash area comes out. Along with that, the spring loaded pin (locking mech) flies out and it is attached to the gear going down to the ignition switch. The bottom section of the column is screwed in from the bottom side of the column. Also when it comes out, the gear that is turned when the key is turned will loose it's relationship with the tumbler. To feed the wire down to where the connector is located, you have to take the top section off to move the sleeve down enough to get the connector down the column. It took me about 45 minutes to get it back together and realized the gear was out about 30 degrees... After tearing down again, I got it all lined up and finally got it back together... It is definitely not as easy as the link described. Maybe mine being an 86, maybe they made some changes... I sure there are many guys here that have done it and had no issues.... Just a heads up if yours is different from the link........
Thank you for the info. I will make sure to follow your advice and maybe see if there is better information on what we have. I don't have to replace the key so that won't be an issue. The turn signal works just drives me nuts it doesn't work the way it is suppose to.
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