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post #1 of 17 Old 04-18-2005, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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Turn signal Lever broken?

This isn't a wiring problem so I posted here since it seems more mechanical.

Seems like my turn signal lever is broken, when I want to indicate a left turn (down), it doesn't snap into place and I have to hold it down so it doesn't come up. When I indicate a right turn (Up) it locks into place but won't shut off after I've made the turn.

Search didn't yield the results I wanted.

I'm sure something is most likely broken, but I'm not sure.

Also, is it difficult to take apart the steering column on a 97?

If this still warrants the radio & electrical please feel free to move it.

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post #2 of 17 Old 04-18-2005, 08:20 AM
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It is pretty simple to disassemble the column and replace that unit. I did it a while back when I put in a new wiper control. Takes maybe 20 minutes. Should be even easier with tilt steering.

You just have to remove the trim around the column on the dash (for clearance) and then remove the bolts holding the plastic on the column. If you do not have tilt, you might have to unbolt the steering column a litle bit (just loosed the bolts) to lower it enough to remove the top plastic. This is from emmeory, but I do not recall it being that hard.

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It is pretty simple to disassemble the column and replace that unit. I did it a while back when I put in a new wiper control. Takes maybe 20 minutes. Should be even easier with tilt steering.

You just have to remove the trim around the column on the dash (for clearance) and then remove the bolts holding the plastic on the column. If you do not have tilt, you might have to unbolt the steering column a litle bit (just loosed the bolts) to lower it enough to remove the top plastic. This is from emmeory, but I do not recall it being that hard.
Thanks, I appreciate it.

I'm assuming there is some plastic peice that is broken thus preventing it from locking in. Once I remove the column hopefully I'll be able to see what's broken.

I do have tilt, so it should be easier.

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It is pretty simple to disassemble the column and replace that unit. I did it a while back when I put in a new wiper control. Takes maybe 20 minutes. Should be even easier with tilt steering.

You just have to remove the trim around the column on the dash (for clearance) and then remove the bolts holding the plastic on the column. If you do not have tilt, you might have to unbolt the steering column a litle bit (just loosed the bolts) to lower it enough to remove the top plastic. This is from emmeory, but I do not recall it being that hard.
Yeah, what he said. I just replaced my turn signal unit a few weeks ago while installing cruise control, and it's a simple job. Hardest part for me was getting the trim piece on top of the steering column off. Even with the tilt steering, it's a very tight squeeze to get the piece on and off. Once that's done, it's just a couple of screws to remove and the new unit slides right in. Plug-n-play.

I don't know what the dealers are charging, but you can get a replacement unit for ~$32 from jeepsareus.com.

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I am having a similar issue today, except that I have to manually turn off my turn single after each turn, left or right. It's pretty annoying. Also, when I brake, the turn single light sometimes comes on as well, if I tap lever in opposite direction of the light, it turns off!

It used to be clunky before it finally broke, it seemed to have started to occur after I slid on ice and hit a curb with my wheels slightly turned going about 8 MPH, knocked something out of wack, anyone have any ideas and/or a part recco?
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If you have a local junkyard, the Neons from similar years use the exact same turn signal and windshield wiper mechanisms. If you don't already have delay wipers, you can pull a delay wiper lever at the same time since you're already going to be in the steering column.
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It's a really simple job.

This is the write up I used.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/w...-97-xj-620147/

Just type "wrangler turn signal lever" into Google and click on the shopping tab. I found one for $37 bucks with free shipping.
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Seems like my turn signal lever is broken, when I want to indicate a left turn (down), it doesn't snap into place and I have to hold it down so it doesn't come up. When I indicate a right turn (Up) it locks into place but won't shut off after I've made the turn.
That's exactly what happened to mine but in the opposite direction. Parts being pretty damn expensive in the UK, and me generally being good at things like this, I stripped the switch apart and found a broken spring. We happened to have springs just the right size at work so I got to fix it for free.

I also stripped the switch a second time, just to take pictures for a write up, to help some people on this forum with the same issue...

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/indicator-blinker-not-cancelling-switch-repair-write-up-421210/
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post #10 of 17 Old 06-26-2011, 12:16 PM
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So just as a follow up here, I go the part @ Napa for $50 and used the instructions above to replace, very wellwritten I might add. Took me all of 20 minutes to replace and it works perfectly after installation.
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Changed my TS switch out tonite. Although the small white lever that resets the turn signal was broke it still stays on after turning. After further inspection there is a white plastic ring around the steering column that looks like a tab is broken off. So there is nothing tripping the new turn signal switch. Does anyone know what this part is called and how to replace it?
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If you cant find one you can open them up and rebuild them. Mine was acting almost exactly as yours and one of the slide mechanisms inside had jumped track and allowed the detent stud and spring to pop out of place.

Its a fairly simple, yet complex () contraption but you should be able to pull it apart and fix it as long as no pieces are actually broken. Its sorta a PITA to get everything back in place as there are several pieces with spring tension and several that have to be lined up just right. If you are decently mechanically inclined you can figure it out and fix it in about 30 minutes once the lever mechanism is out of the vehicle.

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Reconditioned switch

I am a "take apart" person and have developed a method to completely disassemble these switches and recondition them. I love to do detailede work and these were a challenge to me a couple of years ago. There are a lot of internal parts and the reassembly is a little tricky, but if you are careful, it can be done.
My time is abour 1 1/2 hours to do one of these.

I am currently doing this for a local shop with 100% success.

If anyone would like a rebuild, please let me know.

Also, I would consider buying your old one to keep in stock.

Instead of throwing your old one away, I could get you $10 plus shipping for your old one....help defray the cost of a new one.
These will easily fit into a USPS Priority Mail soft envelope...$4.95 anywhere.

Email me at: pjb7@live.com for info.

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An hour and a half labour? Seems a lot. When I did the write up I posted above it took me 20 mins to remove, strip, reassemble taking pictures as I went and refit. It didn't take much longer than that when I stripped, cleaned and re-lubed it last year.
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Changed my TS switch out tonite. Although the small white lever that resets the turn signal was broke it still stays on after turning. After further inspection there is a white plastic ring around the steering column that looks like a tab is broken off. So there is nothing tripping the new turn signal switch. Does anyone know what this part is called and how to replace it?
I had the same issue when I replaced my turn signal switch, it still doesn't cancel turning left. The cancel tab is apart of the clock spring, and being that the clock spring is neither cheap or easy to replace I just deal with it.

Also I hope you guys have good luck with the cheap auto parts store switch, the one I got from advance auto a year or two ago is already acting up again and the right blinker will stay on solid when you hit the brakes. I'll be replacing it with the mopar switch this time.
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