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Old 07-07-2010, 01:00 AM   #1
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Turn signals won't turn off

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On my '97 TJ I have a peculiar problem, that is both turn signals will turn on and operate normally(mostly), but when the steering wheel is turned back to the center position they don't shut off. The left signal is worse, because sometimes while the signal is on, the light will turn solid and stop clicking, and I have to tap on the switch to get it to keep blinking. It sounds mechanical, but I'm afraid to mess with the steering wheel for fear of the airbag going off. Has anyone had this problem before? Is it possible to fix on my own?

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Old 07-07-2010, 09:07 AM   #2
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Wow never have I heard of this problem. I am sure someone has though.

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Old 07-07-2010, 09:25 AM   #3
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There is a little spring inside the MFS ( turn stalk) that looses it's springiness and won't pull the stalk back to position after the turn. You can get one for about $70 new and it's like 3 screws to replace. I have the same issue but it doesn't bother $70 worth yet, I just use my pinky as a canceler!
Oh and you don't have to pull the wheel it comes of from under the cover on top.
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Old 07-07-2010, 12:39 PM   #4
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I had the same problem on my 98 with the turn signal light staying on and not blinking. I fixed it by taking the turn signal stalk out and replacing it. My problem was that the 4 way flasher switch was bad and it screwed up the turn signals. I bought the new turn signal stalk (which also includes the flashers) for like $60 at NAPA. It was really easy to replace. Just remove the steering wheel column covers and unscrew the stalk screws, disconnect the two plugs and replace the unit. No need to worry about the airbag. it will be fine. Just disconnect the battery before you do the job.
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:29 PM   #5
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dan do you have the problem of the turn signal staying on? If so I will be relieved. $60 is inside my price range.

One detail I should have mentioned is that the steering wheel no longer clicks while you're turning the wheel and the signal is on, if it makes any difference.
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:58 PM   #6
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and here I thought I was the only with a pinkie canceller...luckily it's on the left turn signal so I hit on the way back up!
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Old 09-10-2010, 08:13 PM   #7
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DAN188 - Thanks for the info, changed mine out today and cured the problem. NAPA - 62 bucks for the part, about 25 minutes (your details help!) and on the road!
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Hey all. Really good post. Wasnt looking foreword to doing this job but it turned out pretty simple. The part was $39 at o'Reily auto parts. Found lost of dirt and some just against he bottom plate, but everything cleaned up well and now feels Bette knowing it's clean back there. Turn signals work like they are supposed to! Thanks everybody.
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Another pinky cancel here.
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:14 AM   #10
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<---pinky canceler here! but after reading this i wont be for long , great info !i love this forum!!
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my 98 did that but it wasn't that big a deal to me.

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