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The Gentleman's Express: Tech-Tips from the JIOC

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Turn Signal Lever Problems

Author: Bernie Saul

When the turn signal lever arm fell off, our friendly auto mechanic Bob Gowdy of Jensen Specialties Inc looked at the problem and temporarily fixed it, showing me where the fitting pin fell out. A week later the arm fell off again and Bob suggested I try to fix it myself, giving me some telephone instructions. I decided to tackle the job, removing the top dashboard panel, the under panel and the lower panel surrounding the steering wheel shaft. I was then able to see the hollow pin and a strange plastic button-top pin.

It didn’t take me long to realize that the plastic button-type pin fit into the hollow pin which was meant to hold the turn signal arm in place. Also, while I had the chance to look around in the turn signal mechanism, I noticed a tiny spring hanging by itself in an inoperative fashion. This was the reason that the turn signal arm was not snapping back when the car’s turn was completed. This I hooked onto the proper tiny plastic knob just like the other spring for the other hand (left) signal. I returned all the panels. pieces and screws to their proper places, the arm works perfectly, snapping back to center just as it should.

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