I fixed my turn signals today. And the choice I made was to use the new turn signal lever part with the new contact spring loaded plates on it, and replaced the old one. And I still haven't figured out why my turn signal cancelling thing won't turn my signal off after a turn.
And I hate fooling with that dog gone lock plate!!! I had to take it off three times and take it out to the shop so I could put it in the vise and straighten it out. You know when you put that tool on it, it has the tendency to push the tabs back bending them out of place. So I took my hammer and tapped the bars on the tool down so they were only making contact with the center of the locking plate in hopes the plate would reach the groove in the steering shaft and not bend before I could get the ring in place. I could only get part of the ring in the groove, but well enough to hold the plate. I did have it shoot off the shaft one time and hit the seat back. Thank God it didn't hit me in the face! I was waiting for it to happen that's why I had my head leaning off to one side as I carefully took the tool off, then sprang!!
Then I knew the lock ring was stretched. I tried to tap it closed a bit more so it would snap into the groove on the steering shaft, but it just stretched out again. I need to get a new one and I guess I'll get a new locking plate to. But God! I hate taking that locking plate off!!
Sorry for the blurry pic. But you know what this is if any of you have taken your steering wheel off you know what a pain it is.
On the far left is the lock ring, then moving left to right is the locking plate, this is what the steering wheel locking pin goes into when you turn the engine off and give your steering wheel a little turn and it "clicks" in place locking the steering wheel, that locking pin will fall into one of the slots in the outside edge of the plate, next is the spring that places pressure on the bearing seat on the steering shaft, then the spacer that sits under the spring, and finally the upper bearing seat. You only have to remove the locking plate to get to the turn signal switch assembly.
Not shown in the order of things is the cancelling cam. It sits on top of the spring, then the locking plate goes on over it.
I just read the maint. book and it says to remove the plate just like I've been doing it. I guess my locking plate is another one of those fifty year old parts in my truck that needed to have been replaced a long time ago, especially the ring that holds the locking plate. The book says to replace that ring any time it's been removed. Did I? Nooo.
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