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Old 09-22-2010, 01:53 PM   #1
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Hello, all! I am new to the Forum and will get around to filling out my profile tomorrow. In the meantime I have a question/s that I am certain someone here can answer: My, new to me, 1997 TJ was purchased to be towed behind my motorhome, but I discovered that while driving the Jeep for the first time yesterday, the turn signals do not self-cancel. They come on and will stay on once the steering wheel is "centered" after a turn. I called the individual from whom I purchased the Jeep and he told me in a follow-up phone conversation that he was under the impression that this model did not have self-cancelling turn signals; I was sure he was "misinformed", but did not pursue the matter. What is involved in replacing the mechanism that actuates the turn signal return action, and is it something I can do, or should it be left to a mechanic? My next question involves the directions for towing the Jeep that are included in the Owners' Manual: It states to put the transmission in one of the gears after putting the transfer case in neutral. I would think that one should leave the transmission in nuetral, but what do I know? That is why I am asking the question/s. Please excuse the lengthy post and thank you in advance for your assistance.

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He was BS'ing you when he tried to claim it didn't come with self-canceling turn signals. That they don't self-cancel could be from either the turn signal switch itself, or a broken cam on the steering wheel mechanism. My bet is the turn signal itself which is a one-banana job to swap out. All you need is a phillips head screwdriver to do the swap, I changed my '97 TJ's turn signal in about ten minutes from start to finish. I think I paid $30 or $39 for a replacement from Autozone and it was identical to what came out... down to the initials of the QC inspector scribbled onto the little blue QC sticker on the mechanism.

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My TJ does the same thing, you get used to switching it off, but if it's only going to coast me 40 bucks I'll just replace it
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My next question involves the directions for towing the Jeep that are included in the Owners' Manual: It states to put the transmission in one of the gears after putting the transfer case in neutral. I would think that one should leave the transmission in nuetral, but what do I know? That is why I am asking the question/s. Please excuse the lengthy post and thank you in advance for your assistance.

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I tow mine quiet often and you are supposed to put the transfer case in neutral and the transmission in gear. I always use 3rd gear but I don't think it matters. It has to do with the lubrication of the gears. You don't want them turning with the engine not running as they will not get oil to them properly. That is my understanding.
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I tow mine quiet often and you are supposed to put the transfer case in neutral and the transmission in gear. I always use 3rd gear but I don't think it matters. It has to do with the lubrication of the gears. You don't want them turning with the engine not running as they will not get oil to them properly. That is my understanding.
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