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Old 10-07-2009, 03:44 PM   #1
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Smoke coming from steering column

My left turn signal never quite worked right, so I found myself holding it down to work. Te other day I had to pull over because smoke was billowing out from the column. I stopped and purchased a small extingusher and sprayed the insde of the blinker. My right blinker still works lol, but my left one doesn't really work at all, but my hazzards work. The odd thing is that my headlights DO NOT WORK AT ALL. Another wierd thing is I hear allot of fast clicking like the hazzards are on but they are not.
I am guessing because the signal switch has multi fuctions including the brights. Is it possible that it burnt out?
Someone mentioned too that replacing stock headlighs with high wattage lights could cause this burning too. Which I replaced my bulbs with H4 but I dont think these are considered HIGH WATTAGE bulbs, although I am not sure.
In any event what would my next step be to get my headlights to work? Is the headlights and turn signal on the same switch? if so how hard is it to replace. I hace the whole thing apart basically now.

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Old 10-07-2009, 05:31 PM   #2
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In my line of work we have a saying, "don't let the smoke out". Yeah, that means you have burnt the switch up. The same can happen with the a/c fan switch. They cannot handle the amperage of the components, they heat up and short out. You can add relays to hanle the amperage and step it down to help the switches.Get it fixed or you could let more smoke than that little fire extinguisher can handle. I believe there are some wiring diagrams around here somewhere in my library of mags..

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Old 10-08-2009, 07:03 AM   #3
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I removed every thing and have the 2 plugs exposed. the top ome i think controls the hazzards & or blinkers. the bottom one is the one that is burnt. what is this for? what does it control?
Can this be why my headlights dont work?
Also therd is a clicking noise even though the hazzards & blinkers are off. I think it burnt it out ughh! How hard is it to replace? Is everything on one unit, or is it seperate or what? Thanks for your help
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Old 10-08-2009, 02:20 PM   #4
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Replacing the switch on the steering column is easy - you can get it at any auto parts store. However, you're going to burn it up again. Change your headlights to lower power or try to get a relay, but relays are expensive as hell.
I'd say replace the switch, get regular headlights, and then buy some driving or fog lights and put them on the bumper. That would be easier.
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