Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:52 pm Post subject: Turn Signal Switch
I'm in need of, I believe a turn signal switch (MFS) for my Impala. I'm not liking the prices I'm getting locally on this part, so I'm wondering if anyone has tried an ebay seller for this part? What's the consensus about used vs new? I tried a search on this subject but didn't turn up as much as I thought I would. Thanks.
Including labor it was something obscene like 525ish. I could have tackled the job myself, but I refuse to do anything that involves transmission internals or air bags. If you don't mind working around the air bag wiring, you should be in the clear.
Protip: If you don't know what you're doing, don't do it.
I've called the stealer for reference points on a couple parts lately, so I may be off but I thought that was around a $500 part from the dealer. I about fell off the chair. Maybe it was 4-something? I don't recall now. Insane either way. Napa's version was about $150 less but $150 off a lot money is still a lot of money for a turn signal switch
Is the wiring in the column THAT sensitive??
They're actually pretty easy to replace. There's 2 torqs bolts underneath the collumn that screw the bottom half of the plastic to the top half. Before removing the bottom half, pull out the lever for the tilt, then pop off the front of the bottom half, pushing away to seperate it from the top half. There is one or two inverted torqs bolts holding the top half to the column. Remove those and the top half will come off. Unplug your battery to reduce the risk of a shock or accidentally setting off an air bag (its not going to go off). Remove the kick panel to gain access to the wiring connectors. I believe there are only 2 that you need to remove. To remove the actual switch, there are 2 torqs bolts, on on the top and one on towards the steering wheel on the left side. For that one, I put the torqs drive into a set of small vice grips at an angle so I can fit it in there. Its a lot simpler than I'm making it sound.
I've been successful finding them at the local pick n pull when mine have broken. I think they charge $25.
As long as the battery is disconnected, you should be fine. I pulled my Cavy's stalk several times and the bag never once blew up in my face. (I did junkyard switches at first, but finally bit the bullet and bought new). Peace, John
outonthetiles - Thanks for the run down. I was hoping to find something like that in a thread when searching but as I mentioned, I came up way short on info. Haven't done one of these yet so it's all new, and my Haynes manual left me a bit confuzzeled The only thing that is covered a couple times is warning to disconnect the airbag system. No clue how to go about that other than pulling a fuse maybe? Or is it even necessary if the battery is already disconnected, like John mentions. I thought about trying this on a bone yard car first so I know how and don't break something on my car.
I must have looked under the wrong section because I tried RA initially and didn't find one. I see 'em now. Wonder how well that OE Pro brand holds up. 2yr warranty is nice I guess. Hope I'd get more than that out of it though
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