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Unread 05-18-2009, 03:14 PM   #1
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97 TJ Turn signal switch replacement?

My turn signal switch is shot on my 97 TJ Sport and I have a new one coming tomorrow from NAPA. If anyone can point me to a good step by step for this task I will be grateful. I am a willing but fairly unskilled jeep owner/mechanic but I am going to give it a try.

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Unread 05-18-2009, 04:01 PM   #2
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This write up is pretty close to what I did on my TJ. http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/write-up-replace-turn-signal-switch-97-xj-620147-post6129430/

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Unread 05-19-2009, 09:39 AM   #3
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Thanks jdgrip. Between this write up and the below one I found I should be able to fix it. Both are for Cherokees and are a little different but maybe close enough. Sounds like I have to remove my ignition key lock cylinder which goes thru a hole in my lower shroud. I also need to "loosen the two upper steering column mounting nuts". I am not too sure where those are but may find out when I get into it. I appreciate the help.

http://autorepair.about.com/library/faqs/bl271h.htm
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Unread 05-19-2009, 09:42 AM   #4
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It's an easy swap wmphipps, I don't think there is any need to remove the lock cylinder if I recall correctly from when I did the same job on my '97 4-5 years ago.
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Unread 05-19-2009, 11:10 AM   #5
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No need to remove cylinder. Much easier on a TJ than an XJ!
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Unread 05-19-2009, 02:07 PM   #6
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If all else fails read the manual. I found a 97 TJ FSM and downloaded it. The manual says to remove the lock cylinder after disconnecting negative battery terminal ( I think this disables the airbag for safety) My lock cylinder goes thru a hole in the lower steering column shroud which will not come off unless cylinder is removed so this makes sense.

(from FSM)
DISCONNECT AND ISOLATE THE
BATTERY NEGATIVE (GROUND) CABLE FROM THE
VEHICLE BATTERY. THEN WAIT TWO MINUTES
FOR THE SYSTEM CAPACITOR TO DISCHARGE
BEFORE FURTHER SYSTEM SERVICE. THIS IS THE
ONLY SURE WAY TO DISABLE THE AIRBAG SYSTEM.
FAILURE TO DO THIS COULD RESULT IN
ACCIDENTAL AIRBAG DEPLOYMENT, AND POSSIBLE
PERSONAL INJURY.

(4) Insert the key in the ignition lock cylinder and
turn the ignition switch to the On position .
(5) Insert a small screwdriver or pin punch
through the access hole in the lower steering column
shroud and depress the ignition lock cylinder retaining
tumbler (Fig. 4).
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Unread 05-20-2009, 07:54 AM   #7
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I fixed my turn signal switch last evening in about 25 min. I did disconnect my neg. batt. term. and I did remove the lock cylinder (easy). Thanks for all the help. I did not "loosen the two upper steering column mounting nuts" (not necessary).
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