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Old 11-02-2008, 01:09 AM   #1
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Exclamation 94 turn signal/indicator/wiper switch broken

my indicator switch broke...boooo
now i need to fix it, i was told to change the entire steering column and then switch out the ignition to my own...was told it would be cheaper/less work
does anyone have a clue?? i live in toronto, ON, canada...and im having problems finding the parts...anyone please....HELLLP!!
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Aha!
How do you do??
Please specify trim level of your '94 to be precise, but if it broke like my wife'* white '93 did, go for a steering column!
Hers broke right in the little retaining bracket where a pin slides through. It is a cast piece that broke. It looks like this:
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I was told it'* easier to swap the columns out too. Reason being, it'* not just a steering wheel puller you will need, but another special tool to get past the air bag and to the switch itself. So, I got lucky and found an entire column with an ignition key for $60.00. If your car is an SSEi than we need to worry about the VATS, which involves the little pellet in the ignition key.

I shall await your reply before delving into that...

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yeah...i think it broke right from the steering column...i think it will be easier to replace the whole thing...now my next problem...finding it, i have called everywhere and seems like a scarce commodity....i was told to switch the steering column, and then switch the ignition because of the chip in the key...
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heh... i've got the same problem... the thing is the previous owner actually did repair it sort of while waiting for the part (which is the switch itself, not the whole column). I bet here its even worse than in Canada when it comes to parts availability. I've got the switch and I know he actually had pulled the steering wheel off so I intend to do the same (no chance to find the whole column where I live). But I'm going to ask him how he did that, when I know anything, I'll post it.
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Reason being, it'* not just a steering wheel puller you will need, but another special tool to get past the air bag and to the switch itself.
I had mine apart ('93 SSEi) a long time back for a similar repair, and I've been racking my brain just now to try and remember what that second special tool was (other than the steering wheel puller), and just realized that it'* the Lock Plate Compressor.

Removing the lock plate (part of the assembly that locks your steering wheel when you take the key out) is what gives you access to the ignition switch, turn-signal assembly, VATS wiring to the ignition lock cylinder, and other miscellaneous stuff in there. This is not really related to the air bag; that item you'll have unplugged and removed back around Step 3 of the whole process.

The plate compressor is what enables you to press the lock plate down far enough to reveal its retainer clip on the steering shaft. You crank it down, then go at the ends of the retainer clip with a couple of pointy little tools of your choice, until you're able to pry the ends of the clip out of its groove in the steering shaft, and pull it up and off. At that point you can remove the tool and lift off the lock plate.

The lock plate compressor is not expensive and fits all kinds of cars. You should be able to find one at most any parts store -- come to think of it, you might be able to rent/borrow one for free from Auto Zone -- and I can't imagine replacing the entire steering column as an alternative, to be honest, since if you've got a wheel puller, a lock plate compressor and a service manual, you have pretty much all the specialty stuff you need to disassemble the entire steering column. Once you've opened it up, replacing the turn-signal switch isn't too horrendous a task.

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A few options here for you for sure. I'm going to get a new key cut from my wife'* car for $25.00. They will match the resistance of the key pellet, so that takes care of that. Swapping the column is 4 bolts, unplug the main harness and off you go. I got lucky, as my column came with a steering wheel!

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