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Old 04-18-2008, 09:27 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks Schultz.

I do have a manual for the truck.

They do have instructions in there for replacing the turn signal, but I didn't see anything about the hazard.

If that was all just one single unit, that would make sense as the how the turn signals have been behaving.

I did see the holes underneith the steering wheel, but they are very deep and narrow - I couldn't get my eyes and a flashlight staring in there at the same time.

This should make it much easier! Thanks!

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Old 05-05-2008, 02:13 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Grrr - Rant!

GRRRRRRR!

Stupid hazard button.

Had to take off the entire steering wheel (rented a steering wheel puller) and then pull off the bottom dashboard (kneeboard?) and STILL can't get at the end of the stupid turn signal switch wire harness!!!!

I am begining to enjoy the simplicity of my motorcycle more and more.

The turn signal switch at the dealership was $300, it's $150 at the auto parts store, and $75 at the junk yard.

The junkyard is pulling one off a truck for me right now.

I would say to heck with this, but $75 for the darn part is still a lot cheaper than somebody hitting me at an intersection not knowing I was turning, or a traffic ticket for failure to use directional signals.
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Old 05-05-2008, 02:25 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Airbag removal - not for the timid


Steering wheel pulled


How much crap do I have to take off to get to the turn signal switch!?!!?!?!?


Anyways, since I have everything torn up anyways, the upside is this:
I have access to all the ignition wires. Wouldn't now be a good time to install a kill switch?

Which wire do you suppose I should interrupt to kill the engine? Red? Yellow? Something else?


This photo is looking straight up from below the ingnition (black thing on the right.) It seems to offer the best view of the wires.
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Old 05-06-2008, 09:18 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Finally Fixed!!!

This has been a real GRRR project. But it is finally fixed.

I went and got a replacement turn switch at a salvage yard. Got it home before I realized the connectors were right, but which color went where was wrong.

Tried it anyways. Squirters go when your turn the wipers on, and don't stop...
Had to return that one, then wait to see if they had a different correct one. Nope, they didn't...thanks for making me drive out there.....again.

Went to another salvage yard. They wouldn't sell me a turn switch, but would sell an entire steering column. This one was from an automatic with the gear selector on the column and cruise control. The wire harness connectors are right, and the colors of the wires are in the right order too.

Took apart the column, pulled the turn signal, installed it in the truck, reinstalled my steering wheel, reinstalled my airbag.

Dear God! It works!

For the first time since I bought the truck (back in January) I have a working radio, working turn signals, and legal plates all at the same time!!!

In the end, I paid the same amount for the steering column (and an electric lawn mower I found at the salvage yard!) as I would have for just a new turn signal switch ordered in at the auto parts store.

Who knew the hazard button was the most complicated thing in the steering column!?!!??

If anyone needs a steering column, tilt steering wheel, airbag, or ingnition and key for a Chevy S10 - let me know! I have them!



Same price as just the cost of the blinker switch


New Switch installed. Note that it has cruise control on it. Does this give my truck cruise control? No. It does not.


I think it was less work to remove the Geo Metro engine than it was to replace the switch on this thing.
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Sorry this turned inta such a grrrrrrr project
Glad you have it fixed though.
Call the local body shops to see if anybody wants that air bag, they are worth there weight in gold around here.
Maybe sell it on E-Bay?
find out what it is worth from the dealer first so you know what to ask.
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Old 05-08-2008, 09:24 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Yeah, that airbag has gotta be worth something.

Not sure about SHIPPING it though. They might arrest me as a terrorist. Those things are basically bombs.

I was a little nervous removing and installing it.
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You did yourself a favor using the junkyard part. The aftermarket switches are garbage. Usually there is a 90 day(max) replacement warranty only. My sunfire went through about 4 switches before it got totalled. The headlights would go out and you could jiggle it to make them work. After wasting $70 at autozone, I got one used that was nearly worn out for $30, it lasted longer than the autozone part. After that I went to the pick and pull and got 2 for $20 each. It sounds like the sunfire switch was easier to replace.
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Yeah, that airbag has gotta be worth something.

Not sure about SHIPPING it though. They might arrest me as a terrorist. Those things are basically bombs.

I was a little nervous removing and installing it.
Its a lousy bomb though. Try craigslist.

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