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Old 07-13-2002, 08:08 PM
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I am the ultimate amateur here, so please have mercy!

I just bought a 66 nova ss. The turn signals do not work. I bought the car from a dealership, so it would seem that if it was something as simple as a fuse, it would have already been fixed!

So my worry is that the fix will be something more complicated than that.

Does anyone have any idea how I should approach this?

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Do the brake lights work? If so would check the flasher if that is good the switch in the coloum could have gone bad. Its a place to start hope it helps
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Old 07-14-2002, 06:47 AM
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Thanks for the help. Its a good place to start!
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Does all your turns don't work? (front,rear and dash). Like what was said before, check the flasher. Also you can check the 4way flashers just to see if you have good light bulbs.
You can check and see if you have power to the turn flasher by a trouble light. (at the flasher)
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Old 07-14-2002, 03:42 PM
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That's right, none of the flashers work. Also, there is very little resistance moving the turn signal lever up and down (usually there is some sort of a reassuring "click" feel/sound).
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Oops!, by "flasher" I meant turn signal.
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If the flasher is ok, I suggest taking the steering wheel off and inspecting the switch. There is a spring detent for the turn signal you should feel; if that is broken, the switch may have other problems. Looks like a daunting task but GM columns are fairly easy to get into. You will need one specialized tool to depress the spring to take the tension off the main shaft C-clip (auto parts store should have one) and a hub puller to get the wheel off the splines (Harbor Freight has a super universal kit for less than $10 that will pull 99.999% of the hubs you come across - great tool to have). Get a Chiltons and tear into it!
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I'm looking at the Chilton's manual for Chevy II/Novas for '62 - '79. Not a whole lot of information there for the steering column (1 page). Frankly, I'm disappointed with the level of detail in this Chilton's manual. Hopefully it will be enough to get me through the job.
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I wonder if it has something to do with the steering wheel being an aftermarket item (its not a Nova steering wheel, it actually says "Power Grip" on it). I'm thinking maybe the guy who put this steering wheel on broke the switch.
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get a new turn signal cam and have a pro fix the wiring for you...not enless your good with wiring but if you plan on doing this rem dicconnect your battrey
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anytime somethings been apart it may have been put back wrong, first i would check for good CLEAN grounds at the signals. no rust/oxidation/or paint!or dirt clods/dead spiders etc check both connections and the condition of the wires
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i dont know from nova's or 66's but my 79 chevy truck has only one turn, tail, brake light and the turns and stops go through the switch in the steering column/wheel, so if someone took it apart you need a pro to put it back together right, esp. one with locking wheel (which you don't have)sfb
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I believe this falls under a saftey item that the dealer is required to have working prior to selling the car, at least in California anyways.
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