Turn Signal Switch Came Off! - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


Everything Electrical & Electronic Have an electrical problem? Lighting, Alternators, gauges, DIC, HUD, etc? Post it here. Please post Audio problems in the Audio forum, and Engine control problems in the appropriate Mechanical forum for your year.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-11-2008, 05:14 PM   #1
Senior Member
Posts like a 4 Banger
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 113
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
ukie eagle is on a distinguished road
Default Turn Signal Switch Came Off!

Greetings!

Yesterday I let my buddy borrow Bonnie for a week while his car is in the collision shop [he had a little run-in with a deer ]...
Of course, not long after he got the car, the turn signal came off in his hand as he was trying to signal!
I spoke with him [very briefly] late last night & he says he was able to re-attach it, but now cannot signal.
I will get more details later tonight, but I believe that after he got it re-attached, he may have been able to use the wiper/washer functions: just not the turn signals.
He did say that the Cruise Control works still.
[I don't know if the high beam function works.]
What sucks is that he lives 45 minutes away, so I can't just go over & troubleshoot this myself: I have to rely on what he tells me & what I ask him to try to do...
Like I said, I don't have all the details/facts, but wanted to get any ideas I could now, before I talk to him: has anyone ever experienced this?

Thanks
ukie eagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2008, 05:18 PM   #2
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: _Phoenix, AZ_ _WCBF '05, '06, '07 Survivor_ ____NEBF '07 Remnant___
Posts: 3,448
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Echo SSEI is on a distinguished road
Default

The turn signal stalk itself does "pull out" of the sterring column. But no directionals may mean that the cam inside the steering column is broken.

All he can do right now, is reinsert the stalk and make sure the electrical connections are connected.
Echo SSEI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2008, 05:41 PM   #3
Senior Member
Posts like a 4 Banger
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 113
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
ukie eagle is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks for the quick response, Echo SSEI

So there is hope that he may have just re-inserted it wrong?
Any advise on what I should ask him to do as far as troubleshooting goes?
I feel helpless because of the distance involved
What electrical connections should I [try] to have him check to see if the cam inside may be broken?...& how hard would that be to fix/replace if it turns out to be the cam?
ukie eagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2008, 05:51 PM   #4
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: _Phoenix, AZ_ _WCBF '05, '06, '07 Survivor_ ____NEBF '07 Remnant___
Posts: 3,448
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Echo SSEI is on a distinguished road
Default

There is always hope , but.....

It is really hard to say. The cam inside the stearing column is nylon( plasitc) and if something broke in there, then a replacement is the only true way to fix it and it involves pulling the steering wheel off. Not exactly a quick fix.

I mentioned insuring that elecrical connections are intact as a place that he can begin examination, but since the wipers and cruise control are functional, it sounds as if they didn't get pulled out.

I would still see if he can carefully pull it back out and see if he can see any obvious broken peices where the stalk inserts. Maybe, just maybe, it needs to be seted in better and with any luck, it may function again.
Echo SSEI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2008, 06:21 PM   #5
Senior Member
Posts like a 4 Banger
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 113
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
ukie eagle is on a distinguished road
Default

Kewl!...At least that gives me something to go on
It'* just frustrating to not have access to it myself
But, on the other hand, I don't want him getting into a wreck because the turn signals don't work
Is the stalk held in place inside the steering column with any special kind of bolt/screw/connector/clip?

And if it turns out that I do need to replace the whole thing, is it a Dealer only/ Big $$ item? :(
ukie eagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2008, 06:37 PM   #6
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: _Phoenix, AZ_ _WCBF '05, '06, '07 Survivor_ ____NEBF '07 Remnant___
Posts: 3,448
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Echo SSEI is on a distinguished road
Default

Ya know, I am not exactly sure how it stays in there, but I sust=pect it is a friction clip.

Here is a picture that shows some of the internals of the stalk from another post.

http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...light=#1012876

Hopefully this helps.

Not sure if this is a dealer only item.
Echo SSEI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2008, 11:41 PM   #7
Senior Member
Posts like a 4 Banger
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 113
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
ukie eagle is on a distinguished road
Default

OK, talked to my Buddy & here'* the skinny:
The stalk is in place just fine & the wiper/washer & cruise control functions work OK, so we know the electrical connections are still OK...
He says that as far as he can tell, the 'module' that the stalk snaps into is no longer bolted/being held in place...In other words, if he really tries, he can get the turn signals to work, but it appears that there is play where there shouldn't be where the stalk attaches, like something has come loose and so the part the stalk attaches to moves around instead of being fixed...
Does this make sense?
Could it be as simple as some bolt[*] loosening up after 15 years?
ukie eagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 06:43 PM   #8
Senior Member
Posts like a 4 Banger
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 113
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
ukie eagle is on a distinguished road
Default

How Frustrating!

My buddy still has the car [hopefully I get it back this weekend, when his comes back from the collision shop], & he reports that a couple times it has totally died....
From what I've been able to get out of him, it sounds like symptoms of a bad battery/cable connection or grounds...I don't know if he'* taken the time to thouroughly take apart/clean the battery cables & grounds like I would do: he seems to think it'* related to the turn signal stalk issue [that where the turn signal stalk attaches is loose]...
Could that possibly be true?
Of course if/when I get the car back this weekend I'm gonna tear apart/clean the battery connections/cables/grounds, but what else should I look for?

Thanks!
ukie eagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2008, 01:36 AM   #9
Senior Member
Posts like a 4 Banger
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 113
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
ukie eagle is on a distinguished road
Default

Update: Finally got Bonnie back, replaced the wiper switch [the part where the Turn Signal stalk snaps into] which cost $60 at the dealer & all is well...while I was at it, I replaced the battery cables & that took care of the car dying issues
ukie eagle is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
just had turn signal switch installed and- celtic35fpo 1992-1999 2 01-24-2009 12:25 AM
94 turn signal/indicator/wiper switch broken dchk100 1992-1999 5 11-10-2008 01:59 PM
turn signal arm is loose and high beams wont turn on!! artofwar215 1992-1999 2 03-16-2007 09:38 PM
Turn signal/multifunction switch Part No. needed rixak 1992-1999 1 10-10-2006 02:00 PM
Turn Signal Problem....Maybe the switch? Black Mammoth Everything Electrical & Electronic 4 09-22-2004 12:22 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:33 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.