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Turn signal weirdness
Posted 09 October 2012 - 01:34 PM
My turn signals are acting odd, the left signal specifically. At first I thought I had a bad bulb because when signaled left, it would click fast, but no light on the dash. But, thanks to my laziness, I did nothing about it. At some point I noticed that this was intermittent.
This is where it gets weird...it isn't intermittent. I can wiggle the stick and make it work. It's like there's an issue with the contacts inside the stick.
I did a search and couldn't find this discussed. Has anybody dealt with this in the past? Any ideas on the problem, how to diagnose or fix?
Posted 09 October 2012 - 03:16 PM
Yes it is a DIY provided you are sufficiently limber to lay on the driver's seat, on your back, with your head under the dash.
Posted 09 October 2012 - 04:18 PM
Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:18 AM
Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:51 PM
I could also use a new passenger side seat heater switch ( or my wife could), the heated mirror switch, and a functioning auto dimming mirror
Regardless, I'll take the stick, thanks! Pm me to work out paying for it.
$24 shipped Priority mail if you want mine or I could send it FedEx Ground for less. I have an extra from my 2001 Outback parts car.
Posted 13 October 2012 - 06:43 PM
How hard is it to replace the stalk?
So yes need to get that patched up before next spring because that could be a major safety issue. Now I find myself looking down every time I left signal to make sure it's actually flashing.
I remember seeing someone else post about this issue with the turn signal some years back, I thought they said they cleaned it out somehow, like there was a dried out grease inside or something?
Driver's side power window up switch is also really funky, it only works sometimes and you have to really fiddle with it.
Posted 13 October 2012 - 07:11 PM
I haven't dug into the column yet, but I would imagine it involves removing the plastic covers and, because it's never that easy, there's probably something that needs to be moved out of the way. Then, based on photos of the new part that I've seen, it's a couple screws holding it to the column and really big plug.
I hope it's that easy!!!
Posted 13 October 2012 - 07:24 PM
That post I'm thinking of, it *might* have been referring to the power window switch, but I just can't remember, I thought it might have been to do with the turn signals. I remember burying that in the back of my mind in case it happened to me, which it now has.
Posted 13 October 2012 - 11:50 PM
Posted 15 October 2012 - 10:17 AM
Having done this job, and priced the new stalk, I would not be inclined to install a used one unless I knew it was quite new.
Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:46 AM
I bought a new one because it sounded like it would be a horrible job and the risk of having to do it twice was too great. I could have bought a used turn signal switch on eBay for $35, shipped. Instead I paid $120 to buy a new OEM one. Buy th eBay one!
Here's what you do...
Remove the one screw holding the plastic trim under the column and remove the trim. You will have to flip the column adjuster lever under the column down to get it off, that took me a bit to figure out.
Locate the two screws holding the top plastic trim piece and remove them. This may require you to look underneath the column.
Remove the two screws holding the turn signal switch to the column and unplug.
Put it back together with the new one and you're done. Really really simple!
Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:52 AM
Edited by porcupine73, 17 December 2012 - 01:21 PM.
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