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Turn signal switch removal/install

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by K5_73, Feb 7, 2001.

  1. K5_73

    K5_73 Registered Member

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    I just bought my 73K5 the other day, and I'm trying to fix my turn signal problem. I've narrowed it down to the switch assembly in the steering column, but I didn't want to yank the crap out of it getting it out. Does anyone know any tricks to removing and installing it? I'm also wanting to remove my seat belts, and the retractable units behind the seats are a pain, so any ideas on those would be great. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
     
  2. Michael

    Michael 1/2 ton status

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    You have to remove the turn signal lever - 1 screw, there should be 3 more phillips screws holding the switch in place. Remove them, remove the hazard nob - another phillips, and the hole shebang will pull out. There is a long group of wires in a plastic sleve that will come out with the switch. As far as the belts, just unbolt 'em.

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    Dunno about the 73 but my 83 has got a lock prevents from getting into the cloumn. You get a lock remover from Autozone. Its part of their loan a tool program. Once thats off the turn signal cam is a snap.

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    I think jimmyjack may be refering to the "wheel lock ring" that is held in by a snap ring. This is a round steel plate with lots of holes around the edge. When the key is removed a plunger goes into one of the holes to lock the wheel. It has a pretty strong spring underneath it. I just press down on it a pop out the snap ring with a couple of small screw drivers. It requires a little dexterity, but has never been a problem. I had an '81 that was just the same.
    Good luck!

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