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Replaced the wiper switch on my 85 C10 with non tilt column. I have this extra metal piece now. I remember seeing it just not where.

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If I remember correctly, it goes under the rack, to hold it up against the pinion gear at the end of the key lock. The rack and pinion operate the rod to the ignition switch.
If I understand your post correctly, you swapped out the complete column since the wiper switch was bad, so you would be good if the column is together and operates properly.
 

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He is correct...I just did mine a few weeks ago, and that's where it came from: It fell out when I removed the rack, keeps the two pushed together so the teeth engage.
 

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this part actually goes under/beside the key in ignition switch. it is the little plastic piece, with the two copper tangs sticking out, in your picture. You need to pull it out, and put the plastic switch, and the little metal part together, and push them back in.
 

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#46 in the last pic, is the part that they are talking about, however, this ISN'T the part that you have in your pic. Look at the pic that you originally posted of the top of your column. You need to pull the plastic part, with the two copper tangs sticking, out of the column, and reinstall the two parts together. I will try to get a better pic for you, so you can install it correctly. Do not take your column back apart, to get to the rack, and gear. It isn't that part.
 

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#46 in the last pic, is the part that they are talking about, however, this ISN'T the part that you have in your pic. Look at the pic that you originally posted of the top of your column. You need to pull the plastic part, with the two copper tangs sticking, out of the column, and reinstall the two parts together. I will try to get a better pic for you, so you can install it correctly. Do not take your column back apart, to get to the rack, and gear. It isn't that part.
Well I did say , IIRC.. Whoops.
You're referring to the key in ignition contacts.
Too many days since I was into a column.
 

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I thought those two tangs provided power for the horn? Now that you mentioned it, though, I don't have a key in ignition buzzer, so I wouldn't know if it was gone. And if I didn't replace that piece, I wouldn't miss it. Mine is also a tilt column, though, but i don't think that makes a difference.
 

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So is that contact a ground? The one with the tangs sticking out of the column?
 

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I believe, that it is switching ground. If you open the door, the dome light switch grounds. That ground signal goes up into the column. If the "Key in ignition" switch closes, the ground signal goes to the buzzer, causing it to turn on.
 

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Makes sense...although I don't get why they had to make it so complicated. If the signal only needs to go as far as the ignition lock, why do they need all that wazoo engineering...I thought it wa for the horn, because that would need to have a contact that wouldn't be broken as you turn the steering wheel back and forth. Learn something new every day....
 

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Makes sense...although I don't get why they had to make it so complicated. If the signal only needs to go as far as the ignition lock, why do they need all that wazoo engineering...I thought it wa for the horn, because that would need to have a contact that wouldn't be broken as you turn the steering wheel back and forth. Learn something new every day....
Everything has to go to the turn signal switch wiring harness. Key in ign switch, goes UP to the turn signal switch, and the horn circuit goes from the steering wheel, Down to the turn signal switch. The horn circuit is a spring loaded button, riding on a copper ring, that turns with the steering wheel.
 

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I think it's probably good that I just leave my horn unhooked. I would probably get myself in trouble if it worked. Teaches me patience.
 
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