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Old 12-22-2004, 11:44 AM   #1
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This morning, on the drive to work, it just broke. The lever is hanging by the wire (a broken plastic part also fell out) . Luckily, the wipers still work. I have searched on the forum and found out that I will have to take the steering wheel off (and that it is not a very fun job, especially in below freezing temperatures).

My question is: is there any way to work the turn signals until I can get to it? I don't want to get a traffic ticket.

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Yeah, you could probably pull the appropriate wires and rig up a switch. But operating this could create a distraction while you are driving that could lead to a lot worse than a ticket or a shop bill. And realistically, it will take you nearly as much time as it would to get a replacement stalk from a junkyard, pull the wheel and do it right. Get a good book for your car that shows how the wheel comes apart, then rent or borrow the special tool kit from your local auto parts store. With the tool in hand, and a good diagram, it will not take you that long to change it out. Be careful to disarm the airbag as described in Chilton'* or the factory service manual before you start fussing around the wheel.

This work is not easy in the cold, but if you can start the car and run the heater for a while, you can warm up the parts and stay warm yourself. I would advise against trying this with cold parts. Plastic gets pretty brittle in this weather and the wires you will have to handle will be very stiff.
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Default Re: Broken Turn Signal Lever

yo i got the same ***t lol i just use the hazard lights to turn for now
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