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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:01 am    Post subject:  Broken Multifunction Switch Reply with quote

So I was on my way up to my mom's house to drop off my older brother(who just got kicked out of my dad's house) while on a date with a lady friend, I'm on a back country road and go to turn on my high beams as this road is notorious for having deer playing frogger on it. The lever to turn on the high beams has always been finicky, like you have to pull back hard to get the high beams to stay on. I guess I gained more muscle than I thought in boot camp and the thing snapped right off. So I am currently without high beams, turn signals, windshield wipers, and cruise control. I have done some searching around and found out that this thing is $300 and was wondering if it might be possible to repair it using epoxy and also wondering if you all could help me out with replacing it.



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:01 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

300 Shocked I'd just go to the junk yard and rip one out of there they cant charge more then 20 buck i would think if there cheap grab 2 just incase 1 doesnt work. someone else will chime in on replacing it.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:49 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Damn, you ripped that thing straight off. Never seen that before.

FWIW, you can get an aftermarket replacement from Rock Auto in the 150 dollar range and replacing it isn't too bad provided you are comfortable taking the air bag and steering wheel off the car. I wouldn't even attempt to fix it, since several of those controls are absolutely vital to safe driving...

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:34 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Basic Training FTW!!! What branch are you in?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:03 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Navy, I just finished Gunner's Mate A school. I'm currently at home on 15 days of leave, my twin brother managed to pull the thing out while I was asleep today so all we have to do now is get a new one and put it in. Also, an AC Delco one of these things cost like $450, my brother found one for like $150, didn't seem like a big pain in the ass to do.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:58 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Well, good luck to ya sailor, hope ya fix the car before ya get shipped back out, and don't sleep away too much of your leave, although it's hard not too Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:51 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

IffyG wrote:
Damn, you ripped that thing straight off. Never seen that before.

FWIW, you can get an aftermarket replacement from Rock Auto in the 150 dollar range and replacing it isn't too bad provided you are comfortable taking the air bag and steering wheel off the car. I wouldn't even attempt to fix it, since several of those controls are absolutely vital to safe driving...


Some where, either in this forum or another, I found a procedure to remove and replace the multi-function switch without removal of the steering wheel (or air bag)... There are one or two partially buried screws that require carefully using a short bit driver with an open end wrench to remove... Other than that, it's an easy task... But I don't remember where I located that procedure...

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:55 pm    Post subject:  broken multifuntion switch. Reply with quote

Should of tied a pull string to the old one b 4 pulling it out. The pull string would aid in getting the new wire down the steering shaft. Cool Now you got a job on your hand. Take your time and loosen the column and whatever covers there are on it so u can work the new wire and connector down the shaft. Cool

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