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I tried to do a search on this topic but the Search function doesn't want to cooperate??

Anyway, I lost turn signals and four ways the other day and am trying to troubleshoot. Fuses are fine. I then thought to replace the flasher unit, but was told that since the four ways and turn signals are on seperate circuits, that it was extremely doubtful that the problem would be the flasher and was much more likely to be the turn signal assembly.

I have the new signal assembly but need to know if you have to take off the steering wheel to replace? The concern is dealing with the airbag.... don't want to! Also, does the airbag absolutely have to be put back in, if worse comes to worse?

All input very appreciated! (This is a 91 Taurus GL)

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Hi Rachelle.

Fortunately, you don't have to remove your steering wheel to remove your Multifunction Switch (MFS). All that is required is that you remove the lower dash panel (the one by your knees) and then the two steering column halves.

I outline the removal of the column halves in my LED instrument cluster mod article ( http://www.taurusclub.com/modules.php?name...=article&sid=57 ). Pay particular attention to steps 3 and 5.

To remove the MFS, remove the two screws securing it to the steering column, and then the two harnesses from the swtich itself. Check the connectors for overheating. If they're fine, attach them to the new switch, and install everything in the reverse order you took it all apart.

You can get a new MFS from AutoZone for just under $50.

And if no one else has said so already...
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Originally posted by Racer X@May 1 2004, 11:25 AM
Hi Rachelle.

Fortunately, you don't have to remove your steering wheel to remove your Multifunction Switch (MFS). All that is required is that you remove the lower dash panel (the one by your knees) and then the two steering column halves.

I outline the removal of the column halves in my LED instrument cluster mod article ( http://www.taurusclub.com/modules.php?name...=article&sid=57 ). Pay particular attention to steps 3 and 5.

To remove the MFS, remove the two screws securing it to the steering column, and then the two harnesses from the swtich itself. Check the connectors for overheating. If they're fine, attach them to the new switch, and install everything in the reverse order you took it all apart.

You can get a new MFS from AutoZone for just under $50.

And if no one else has said so already...
...welcome to the club!
Thank you so very much! I didn't expect such an awesome reply! Exactly what I'm needing.

Thank you, too, for the welcome... Very nice board you have here.

Rachelle
 

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I've always had to remove the ignition cylinder to get the lower half of the steering column trim off.

Not hard, disconnect the battery, insert key and turn to run.

Under the cylinder there is a hole (without a screw). Push a small drill bit up in and release, then pull out the key and cylinder.

More than likely the switch is just gunked up. Get some WD 40 and soak the switch down really good and work all the actions. Spray down again and let drip dry.

You can then reconnect the wiring and see if it works.
 

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Paul, I outlined all of that in my LED tutorial, ergo the reference.

I'm slow, but not that slow. :p
 
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