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Old 05-17-2004, 10:28 PM   #1
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Turn signal problem

So the other day I was driving around, and noticed that every time I had to turn the steering wheel to the right, a loud clicking sound would occur a few times when the wheel returned to center. Later that day, I put the turn signal on, made my turn, and as the wheel turned back, I heard a loud SNAP. Now whenever I use the turn signals they no longer automatically turn off like they used to. So, my question is how hard do you think it would be to get in there and replace the turn signal assembly? It's not really an issue, I just have to remember to turn them off manually now...


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Old 05-17-2004, 10:41 PM   #2
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Hey dude welcome to the world of the lost focus driver... I am that guy in the focus with the turn signal on for miles and miles!!! The part is really cheap to buy but to put on you must have a ford dealer stick it on unless you are really good with pulling off a loaded airbag without it going off. This problem would have never occured if ford would have used metal for this part!!! I havent had this fixed because my warrenty calls for me to pay $100 for any problem with the car to be fixed, no matter the size of the job. I guess its good if the engine goes!!!
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Old 05-18-2004, 01:03 AM   #3
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i dont think the part is too expensive from ford and it wont be that hard to replace it yourself.
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Old 05-18-2004, 04:57 AM   #4
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You don't need to take off the airbag to get to the turn signal switch. Replacing the turn signal assembly is really easy. just remove the steering column upper shroud and then the
turn signal assembly will pull up after you release the locking tab on the turn signal. My turn signal doesn't stop automatically anymore easier. I went on ebay and bought another one.
But when I installed the turn signal it did the same thing. So, after closer inspection of both turn signal assemblies they seem to work. the tongue that sticks out to stop the turn signal wasn't broken off on mine so I'm guessing it has to be something wrong with the steering column.
So, you might want to check your old turn signal assembly first to see if the tongue in the back is broken off or isn't resetting the switch.
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there is a ring that goes around the steering colum its made of plastic and that is what broke
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Old 05-19-2004, 03:57 PM   #6
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I guess this is a common problem that we should all look out for?
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yes it is. The head mechanic at my local ford dealership said its a very common place problem. I filed a complaint to try to get an investigation into this problem. It does pose a safety problem that may cause an accident. people might think your going to turn because you forget to turn off the signal.
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