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Old 04-18-2007, 10:35 AM
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turn signal/hazard switch removal

Have a Chev van steering column (unsure of year, mid 70's maybe) - tilt, turn signal lever and hazard button only - no ignition switch. Problem is I cannot pull the hazard knob outward to activate the hazard flashers. Besides the 3 screws, is there anything else I need to remove to take the turn signal switch out.

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Old 04-18-2007, 03:21 PM
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Does it look like this ?
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yes Deuce - except I have removed all the auto trans related items and filled them in and painted. I just reinstalled the column in the car. There is nothing left on the column except the hazard knob, turn signal lever and tilt lever. The stock harness is in place but the column is bare except for the three items I mentioned. When I was screwing on the hazard knob I thought I noticed the threaded rod was also turning. The hazard contact inside is all the way towards the right (passenger side). When I connected the battery the hazard lights are not flashing so I assume the hazard contact is in the off position. The flashers (and turn signals) worked correctly yesterday when I tested everything so I screwed something up putting the knob back on I guess. When I tested I didn't have the knob on - just pulled the threaded rod. Tried double nutting the threaded rod to turn it out and when that failed I tried removing turn signal switch but it doesn't want to come out and I don't want to break anything.



here's a picture of the way it looked a week ago. I just noticed the hazard switch contact is to the left, not to the right. I can't remember what position the hazard knob was in at the time. So, guess I'm not sure which way is hazard on and hazard off.


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Whoops

You push the hazard knob into the column to turn them on
Pull it out to turn them off.

(was very sleepy this morn when I first read this----failure to comprehend)

Bryan

(edit)--if it will not push in with the billet knob, you may have to revert to the original 2-piece knob.
push in the center to turn on----pull out the outer to turn off

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thanks for straighteneing out the knob direction Bryan. I don't think the billet knob is the problem though. Right now the knob is flush with the column. What I'm calling the "hazard contact" within the column, is at the end of its travel in the off position. I cannot pull the knob out because of this. I cannot push the knob in because the knob is already flush with the column. I think the threaded rod the knob screws on to needs to be extended outward from the column a bit. Would like to get the turn signal switch out to get a better look at the hazard mechanism. Besides removing the 3 screws, is there anything you can tell me about removing the turn signal switch. For example, does the hazard mechanism come out with the turn signal switch. Is the turn signal switch just the top piece or is there a piece below attached to it as well. The wiring harness is not connected at the moment and is free to move upward. After searching this site I can find nothing addressing this seemingly simple task. I tried removing the 4 springs and disengaged the 2 tabs
(one at 3 o'clock and one at 11 o'clock) but that didn't help so I put everything back.
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Old 04-18-2007, 11:04 PM
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I'm not sure if these links will help but it might be worth a try:

http://elcaminocentral.com/article95.html

http://www.selectric.org/manuals/column/index.html
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Thanks home brew. The first link was a new one to me. Any idea how far the threaded rod for the hazard knob typically sticks out. Mine is about 1/8" and with the knob off I can neither pull it out nor push it in.
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Old 04-19-2007, 11:41 AM
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Just went out to the garage to check my Olds tilt/telescopic column but it doesn't have a threaded rod setup. It only moves in and out about 1/16 of an inch though.
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thanks for checking
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