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High/low beam switch in steering column

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Justin Fleming, Sep 9, 2005.

  1. Justin Fleming

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    Does anyone have any experience of being in there and messing with one? Currently I can not swith to high beam by pulling back on the turnsignal arm. It seems like it is just dangeling there as if some spring or something is not hooked up....

    thanks

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    The actual switch is on top of the steering column, under the dash. If you get into a yoga position on the floor, you can watch the rod move as you operate the lever to see where it goes to. :wink1:
     
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    so your saying that a rod connect to the blinker arm in the column and then goes to a switch under the dash/// :doah:
     
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    Exactly! :doah:
     
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    BTW, the ignition switch operates the same way. The key cylinder moves a rod that goes to the ignition switch, which is also bolted to the steering column, under the dash.
     
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    The switch is "adjustable" via the mounting screws, hopefully that's all you need to do.
     
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    well I got into the yoga position and I have located a rod that is just dangling around. Does anyone know how it attached to the lever???? I would assume that I would have to pull all the wheel apart and what not right???

    thanks
     
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    It's fairly loose as installed, except with the pressure of the switch at the "forward" end of the rod.

    You should see the switch that the rod sits in, there's a dimple in the switch for the rod IIRC.
     
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    when I moved the blinker arm to change to high beam I do not see the rod move....same for low beam....someone had this wheel apart before and had things all messed up in there. I had thought I had fixed evrything until the other nights voyage and some a** was brighting me and I could send him my bright lights.....

    How does it hook to the blink arm side?
     
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    anyone anyone???
     
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    Somewhere I think there is an xploded diagram of the column, but not sure if it's clear enough to show.

    I certainly can't remember, but I doubt it's anymore complex than a hook in the end of the rod, that fits into a hole in the "pivot" assembly that the turn signal stalk sits in.
     
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    In desperate need....


    Ok so I have taken the column all apart and still cant seem to figure it out. I can see the push rod witch seems to be a few inches away from the blinker arm actuater. It would apper that something should be connected to the rod or the actuater arm so that when you pull back on the blinker arm it pushed againt the pushrod. I can manually push the rod and everything works well............what am I missing??
     
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    Help

    Anyone Anyone


    :confused:
     
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    I believe there should be a plastic piece that is concave to fit the dimmer lever that connects to the rod. It has been a while since I have had mine apart. I do remember that when I took it apart that piece did fall out and I had to get it back in which was the wrong way the first time.

    Here is a diagram I found it is of an older style
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    Here is a link to were I found it. The pieces are #74-#76

    link

    Ira
     
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    Humm

    :confused: That diagram is very hard to read/ understand.....

    So you think something is missing that connects the rod to the pivot arm actuator?
     
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    If you click on the link under the pic it will take you to the website that has that diagram. It also has a decoder for the numbers. I know there is something that connects or takes up the space between the lever and the rod because mine fell out when I took my column apart and I had to figure out how to get it back in there the proper way. It was either piece 74, 75, or 80 in that diagram. Check out the link.

    Ira
     
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    Yea I took a look at the link and more I look at it,,,,,it doesnt look like the same as my 86......


    I probably will have to go to the dealership tonight to take a look
     
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    Yeah I am not sure when they changed the columns plus it is a camaro sight but I would think the internals would be similar.

    Go to this site here about 1/3 way down the page is a picture of what you should see connecting the lever to the rod.


    Ira
     
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    I feel for ya.

    This diagram is all I could find. Without the part listing though, it's pretty tough to use to see anything. Number 51 looks to be the rod, but the upper section of where it attaches is unclear to me.

    Correction, I found this which has the part names, which may help a bit more.
     
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    I found the link above on a google search that had your name in the description :D

    Ira
     

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