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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:39 pm 
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Hey I know Dan has made an instruction sheet on how to carefully fish the wires through the column when replacing the turn signal switch. I cant seem to locate those instructions. Anyone know where they are?? Thanks for any help.
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Disconnect the battery negative terminal.

Remove the steering wheel's central ornament. It carefully pries off; there's a screwdriver slot at the bottom of it where it meets the metal horn ring. Remove the ground wire from its terminal. Remove the three screws holding the horn ring/button and horn switch. Lift out the horn switch. Remove the steering wheel nut. Use a steering wheel puller to remove the wheel. Remove the single screw that holds the turn signal lever to the switch and remove the lever. Remove the three screws holding the switch to the column and lift out the metal retainer plate.

The switch plugs into the under-dash wiring harness with a rectangular nylon multi-connector block at the base of the steering column (inside the car). You remove the nylon connector block by releasing each individual wire from the block, one at a time. This is achieved by means of a Terminal Extractor Pick (or, if you're in a hurry and don't want to spend money, a darning needle), inserted into the slot at the "front" (connector) end to depress the terminal's lock tab. Then a careful tug of the wire pulls it out the back of the connector block.

Draw yourself a diagram of which wire goes to which slot in the connector block.

Once you've released all the terminals from the block, tie a long piece of string or twine round the bundle of wires at the very end near the terminals. Withdraw the old switch, which will pull the string up the column. Untie it, tie it round the wire bundle on the new switch, then pull the string to guide the new wire bundle down the column without any of the wires snagging and refusing to show themselves at the bottom. Insert the wires into their correct locations in the terminal block, plug it back in, reassemble everything up top (make sure to match the steering wheel's double-wide master spline with its mate on the steering shaft)...and you're done!

The new switch will seem VERY stiff and "clicky" compared to the sloppy old one. That's normal.

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Step 1 disconnect the battery
Step 2 follow Dans instructions

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