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Old 08-01-2012, 11:04 AM   #1
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Worth the costs and effort?

Noticed on my fairly newly-purchased 1999 Sport, that the horn didn't work, and the blinkers would not automatically stop, once the steering returned to straight, after a turn was complete. It has an after-market Grant steering wheel installed, and so I took it to my mechanic, as I did not want to go snooping around in the steering column. Well, apparently the previous owner took the guts, including the airbag out of the steering column, and so there was no way, according to the mechanic, to repair the horn or blinker issue, as there were missing parts from the Grant installation. I asked about a junk yard replacement, and he stated it would be a substantial cost to replace an airbag, and it's components. My question to you folks, do you know if I can replace the horn parts, and install whatever part is required to have the blinkers turn off, without replacing the airbag also? Many thanks!

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Old 08-01-2012, 11:31 AM   #2
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My gut tells me that something is up..... You don't remove an airbag just to install an aftermarket steering wheel. Sorry..... But this is my gut talking....

You said newly purchased.... Dealer or private party?

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run a carfax on it and see if its been in an accident
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:42 AM   #4
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Purchased from an individual. I think I know where your gut is going, but after numerous inspections and a clean CarFax (I know, not ultra-reliable), I really do not believe the Jeep has been wrecked. Thank you for the comments!
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My gut tells me that something is up..... You don't remove an airbag just to install an aftermarket steering wheel. Sorry..... But this is my gut talking....

You said newly purchased.... Dealer or private party?
a lot of the aftermarket steering wheels do not work with airbags.

as for the OPs question, i dont know about a TJ, but i know on a few other vehicles, it is possible to put all the turn signal stuff back in with out the airbag. however you may have to pick up a complete set of stuff, as you might need to instal parts of the airbag system to have the other parts, but still leave the actual unit out.
it might be a good idea to get a hold of an exploded diagram of the TJ steering colum, and compare it to what you have, so you can put together a list of what you need, etc.
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