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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old June 25th, 2005, 23:39 Thread Starter
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Post Having trouble with your lights or high beams? Here are instructions and pics

First of all, let me extend thanks to Aaron Phelps for sending me instructions.

My high beam switch was not working. The low beams worked fine and if I pulled the stalk to me then the lights would raise and the high beams would turn on. But if I pushed the stalk forward, the lows would turn off and the highs be off also.

I read about this problem on the board and the general consensus was that the contacts in the switch needed cleaning.

Here we go

First disconnect the battery.

Pop off the two covers on each side of the steering wheel. There are 2 Torx screws under each cover. The screws are in harnesses and do not come out.





Take the airbag off.



There is a tricky electrical connector for the airbag.



Push the sides in and flip it up. Unplug the blue connector if you have cruise control.

There is a 19mm nut that holds on the steering wheel. I didn't have a 19mm socket so I used a 3/4"



Break loose the nut and remove the steering wheel.

You probably will not need a steering wheel puller. I hit the back of the steering wheel a couple times with my palm and it popped off easily.

A good tip from John Santesson is when you go to take the steering wheel off, loosen the 19 mm nut then put it back on hand tight(just a few threads) then pull the wheel with both hands toward you to get the steering wheel off without hitting yourself in the face. It almost happened to me so that is a very good tip.

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Now remove the 4 screws holding in the clockspring.

Here is the turn signal stalk.



There aren't any contacts in the stalk so here is no need to remove the stalk.

Remove the 4 screws holding the switch on the column.



And carefully pull the switch over the steering shaft. There is just enough wire.

Here is the back of the switch.



Remove the 3 screws holding the yoke shaped plate.



The grey box on the left holds the high and low beam switches. Remove the four screws and the box will come loose.

Remove the covering and you will see the contacts.
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(1) is a copper strip that holds the disk that needs cleaning. You can see a disk at the top of the strip. The disk that needs to be cleaned in under the strip.

(2) is the other copper strip that holds a disk that need cleaning.

(1) is over top of (2)

(3) shows what needs to be cleaned.

If you look at arrow (3) it shows what the contacts (the little circular disks) look like.

Under contact (1) there is a disc that matches up with a disc on top of (2). That is what needs to be cleaned.

You can use sandpaper or just scrape the contacts clean.

Once the contacts are clean you can put the switch together and test everything before you assemble the steering column completely.

Just reverse the instructions to put everything back together.

Everything is really easy and there isn't anything really complicated to cleaning the contacts.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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Nice writeup!! I don't need to do this but was good to read in case it happens to me. One thing I would add is when you go to take the steering wheel off, loosen the 19 mm nut then put it back on hand tight(just a few threads) then pull the wheel with both hands toward you to get the steering wheel off without hitting yourself in the face. John
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i need to fix my lights, but if you unplug the airbag and plug it back in, will it still work? i thought i read somewhere a while ago that you arent supposed to tamper with that. good writeup though, ill have to give it a try one day, its annoying to hold down the stick to keep my brights on!!!
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i need to fix my lights, but if you unplug the airbag and plug it back in, will it still work? i thought i read somewhere a while ago that you arent supposed to tamper with that. good writeup though, ill have to give it a try one day, its annoying to hold down the stick to keep my brights on!!!
No problem with unpluging and pluging the airbag back in. Nothing weird will happen.
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i need to fix my lights, but if you unplug the airbag and plug it back in, will it still work? i thought i read somewhere a while ago that you arent supposed to tamper with that. good writeup though, ill have to give it a try one day, its annoying to hold down the stick to keep my brights on!!!
No problem with unpluging and pluging the airbag back in. Nothing weird will happen.
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thanks for clearing that up...twice jk, thanks for telling me though, ill feel safer doing this now
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DPuett,

Thanks for the great instructions and pictures. I hope to use this to help me solve my turn signal woes. Would you happen to have any idea how to fix a glitchy turn signal lever? When turning on the left turn signal, more than half of the time, I just get a buzzing and no signal. I've seen other threads about this problem but no pictures.
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great! u should also advise that this is a good time to check your wiper switch if the intermittent setting isn't working, and also advise on how to put the wheel back on
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hmm .. i am not sure if this is the problem .. when i try to leave the head lights on regular beam it POPS right back out to high beam .. seems more like a spring problem .. or am i wrong?
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That should be the problem.

The end of the stalk is hollow and there is a spring and a small ball bearing. The factory positioning of the stalk is the high-beam position. When the stalk is in the middle position that ball bearing catches that little bent piece of metal (held on by two screws). If the stalk isn?t catching I would think you have a problem with the ball bearing, spring, or maybe that piece of metal has straightened and the ball bearing isn?t catching.

Just don?t turn the key unless the airbag is connected or your airbag light will turn on.
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oo thanks
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alright i worked on the lights today .. i did everything the instructions said i cleaned the contacts with sand paper and turned on the light both high beam and regular beam doesnt work .. than i pushed down on the copper strip .. it turned on the high beams than i tried turning off the lights, now the head light wont pop back down .. after cleaning the lenses some more i turned back on the light and i pulled back the stalk facing my face it says it is on regular beam but, the thing is that it pops back to the middle which has no lights at all and pushing the stalk away from my face which is suppose to be my high beams, now the high beam doesnt work either ..

1. head light pops up with no beam
2. pushed the copper strip, which turned on the high beam
3. if i push on the higher end of the copper the high beam stays on, if i push on the lower end of the copper reg beam stays on.
4. head light will not pop back down
5. tested the light didnt fix the problem but i put everything back
6. after installing everything back together now head light and high beam doesnt work. the only time the head light goes on is when i pull the stalk all the way to my face, the only problem is that the stalk pops back out to the middle.

what am i doing wrong ? why my head light wont pop back down and how come cleaning the lens didnt fix the problem?
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the middle disc = high beam*
the one stacked on each other was the reg*
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hmm .. i am not sure if this is the problem .. when i try to leave the head lights on regular beam it POPS right back out to high beam .. seems more like a spring problem .. or am i wrong?
^Sounds like a problem I had with a turn signal I pulled from a junkyard. I removed the two screws at the end of the stalk and removed the metal spring/clip and ball (be careful not to lose this). I readjusted the ball and clip and then tightened up the screws. Now my beams work just fine.
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^Sounds like a problem I had with a turn signal I pulled from a junkyard. I removed the two screws at the end of the stalk and removed the metal spring/clip and ball (be careful not to lose this). I readjusted the ball and clip and then tightened up the screws. Now my beams work just fine.
how did u re-adjust the ball and clip? be a bit more specific thankyou
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finnaly working and exploring for three days have paid off! i found the reasons why the head light doesnt work .. But my head light still wont pop up/down the fuses are not dead cant find any solutions
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went to get my car inspected yesterday and the only thing that didn't pass was the high beam switch. I remembered seeing this on the message board and searched for it.

It works!

It took me about 3 hours (it was dark, my covers are a little on the broken side, and the wiring harness mount in the console was preventing the wires from extending far enough to get the assembly over the steering wheel post).

Also took off the stalk, and wouldn't recommend it. It doesn't move as well now.

Nice Writeup!
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