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Old 08-27-2009, 12:36 AM
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turn signal not cancelling

I have a 34 ford with power rack and pinion steering and when turning right my turn signals cancel properly,but turning left ,unless it is a sharp turn,the turn signal doesn't cancel, the column is a chevy tilt column, needless to say this is very dangerous, could the rack and pinion steering unit not be centered??? Thanks for any help

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Sounds like the rack & pinion wasn't centered when the steering wheel was hooked up.
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I have a 34 ford with power rack and pinion steering and when turning right my turn signals cancel properly,but turning left ,unless it is a sharp turn,the turn signal doesn't cancel, the column is a chevy tilt column, needless to say this is very dangerous, could the rack and pinion steering unit not be centered??? Thanks for any help
More likely, the cancel spring on the turn signal switch is broken. This is a common failure and replacement springs are available from Dorman Products in the HELP! line sold at most auto parts stores.

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Turn signals have nothing to do with the rack it is all in the column. Hopefully it is just the spring, had the whole plastic collar break on a newer car and the dealer wanted $120 for this small plastic ring, so I went to the junkyard and spent a couple hours extracting it from a car only for the guy at the counter to want $80 for his little plastic ring (racket ) So I came home and milled one out of aluminum took longer but it was the principle of it.
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Thanks For The Tips, I'll Pull The Wheel Off And Check Out That Ring First.
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The solution to your problem is this; when the column was mounted for the first time someone neglected to install the steering wheel in the correct position. What you have to do first is, center the front wheels so that they are in a neutral position, disconnect the column from the idler shaft to the steering box, remove the steering wheel.

The Chevy column has a chisel mark at the steering wheel end of the shaft which matches to a mark on the steering wheel, there is also a flat area on the shaft without spindles, this corresponds to a similar one on the wheel, both these areas MUST BE ALIGNED to fit properly. Install the wheel on the column shaft as indicated above, and place the wheel in a neutral position (wheel spokes at 9 and 3 if two spoke, 10 and two and 6 if three spoke.). If there is a ignition lock on your column, lock it in place now.

Where the shaft exits the column, you should find a Double D shaft, if it is a chevy column. Move the universal joint on the idler shaft you disconnected earlier so that it connects up to the Double D shaft from the column. If the shaft is out of sync by more than a couple degrees, go to the bottom of the idler shaft where it connects to the steering rack, disconnect it. If the U-joint is a splined type, move it a couple of splines to get it to line up.

Go back into the car and check for steering wheel correctness, by moving the wheel left and right, and allowing it to go back 'to rest position". Re-tighten all your bolt work and take the car for a test drive. Try you signals, left and right, see how they cancel. Any further steering corrections will have to be done by moving the tie rods and should be done by a front-end alignment shop.
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I seriously doubt the guys problem is the steering wheel not being centered properly. My money is on the broken spring.

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The solution to your problem is this...
Thanks, this is a noteworthy run-down on the procedure- in any event.
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