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Offline HawkenEagle

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For awhile it's been getting more difficult to switch on the right hand turn signal. Sometimes it wont hold in place. Is this a part which can be corrected with adjustments or is this a part which wears out and requires replacement.
Either way, is a simple steering wheel puller the only tool needed to get in there?
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Re: Turn Signal Switch - Not locking on right Turn - Repair or replace?
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2013, 01:16:31 PM »
Yeah, sounds like you could use a new turn signal switch. You can still get them at part stores, I know RockAuto has two brands listed. You do need a steering wheel puller to get into the guts of the steering column. With a little time, the part, a steering wheel puller, and a service manual, this is a pretty straight forward job, and I'm sure the folks on here will be more than helpful if you run into a snag.
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Re: Turn Signal Switch - Not locking on right Turn - Repair or replace?
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2013, 01:51:41 PM »
Hey - thanks for the assurance!! Im ordering RockAuto today as this last 1300 mile trip wore out my pitman arm finally.
And nice Eagle by the way!!

 

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Re: Turn Signal Switch - Not locking on right Turn - Repair or replace?
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2013, 06:56:58 AM »
You need a lock plate depressor in addition to the steering wheel puller. It's a U-shaped bar with a threaded rod through the middle that screws onto the steering column shaft. A nut is then tightened to force the lock plate down and allow the retainer ring to be removed.  :eagle:
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Re: Turn Signal Switch - Not locking on right Turn - Repair or replace?
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2013, 11:18:16 AM »
Hey - thanks for the assurance!! Im ordering RockAuto today as this last 1300 mile trip wore out my pitman arm finally.
And nice Eagle by the way!!

 

Thanks for the compliment. And yeah you will need a tool to get the retainer ring for the steering wheel lock out. Mine is a homemade one that gets the job done, or they are pretty reasonable to buy.

Also, I've had to change my pitman arm a few times as well. Seems like every 35-40k miles, I don't understand why they wear out so quickly. Could be AMC trying to use Concord parts to move the extra half shafts and heavier front end equipment of the Eagles.  ???
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