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Old 12-10-2012, 03:36 PM   #1
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Does anybody elses turn signal not turn off by itself?

Just wondering if this is normal, I have a 97 Tj 4.0 and my blinker doesn't turn off automatically after making a turn.
Does everyone else out there have to turn theirs off manually too?

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Old 12-10-2012, 04:24 PM   #2
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My 98 tj does the same thing

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Old 12-10-2012, 04:27 PM   #3
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My left turn signal does the same thing on my 97, right one works fine...no idea why
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:28 PM   #4
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I haven't had a TJ column apart, but there is usually a pin in there that returns the lever to the neutral position. I have seen them break or come loose before on many other vehicles. The lever also could be broken inside where the pin makes contact. You may have to remove the steering wheel to find out. If you have airbags ... be certain that you unhook the battery before attempting to remove the wheel, and I would strongly suggest that you consult a service manual beforehand just to be on the safe side.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:30 PM   #5
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There is a little mechanical cam (protrusion?) on the steering wheel that trips an external release button located in the turn signal switch after completing the turn. The usual broken part is on the turn signal switch itself which is easily replaced in just a few minutes. I don't know that I've ever heard of the problem being with the cam parts on the steering wheel itself. I had the same problem on my previous '97 and replacing the turn signal switch itself fixed it.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:00 PM   #6
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Mines been broke for 3 years. I'm to cheap to part with the 75 for the stalk...
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:07 PM   #7
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Mine dose the same thing too. Dosent really bother me enough to fix it.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:14 PM   #8
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I thought it required removing that steering wheel and replacing the clock spring?

If it's as simple as replacing the signal stalk...I'd be willing to do that on my 97 TJ.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:18 PM   #9
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Nah it's stupid easy to do I'm just cheap. 4 screws hold the plastic cover together over the column then one screw IIRC holds the stalk in place.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:32 PM   #10
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There is a little mechanical cam (protrusion?) on the steering wheel that trips an external release button located in the turn signal switch after completing the turn. The usual broken part is on the turn signal switch itself which is easily replaced in just a few minutes. I don't know that I've ever heard of the problem being with the cam parts on the steering wheel itself. I had the same problem on my previous '97 and replacing the turn signal switch itself fixed it.
How much is the part to fix it would ya think?
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:36 PM   #11
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I replaced mine, was about $60.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:30 PM   #12
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This is good info, and timely too. We just bought a TJ on Saturday and on he drive home noticed that after I used the left turn signal I would get the turn signal indicator when I used the brakes. If I used the right turn signal the brakes would work normally. It's like the stalk is bent to the left and doesn't return completely to neutral. I'll just replace the stalk assembly if the price is that reasonable and removing/replacing the assembly is that easy. I was fearing I'd have to remove the steering wheel, something I never want to do with an airbag-equipped car!
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:10 PM   #13
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My left signal works, kind of. I have to turn the wheel to the right to have it shut off. I've been too lazy to try and fix it.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:34 PM   #14
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Easy to replace, I just did mine this past summer. Was $35 at Autozone, part# SW1940

Duralast/Turn Signal Switch (SW1940) | 1998 Jeep Wrangler 4WD 6 Cylinders S 4.0L MFI | AutoZone.com
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This will definitely be my next project
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IslandTJ, what island were you living on? We lived in the Caribbean for two years, loved it.
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IslandTJ, what island were you living on? We lived in the Caribbean for two years, loved it.
It's in the West Pacific - Guam

It was nice living in the tropics, but I kinda like having four seasons, and the beer in Oregon is awesome
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I was the other direction - Guantanamo Cuba. Wife is NCIS.
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I was the other direction - Guantanamo Cuba. Wife is NCIS.
Nice

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