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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 11, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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69 Turn Signal Switch Replacement

How to remove steering shaft lock plate clip once steering wheel has been removed
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Re: 69 Turn Signal Switch Replacement

You have to press down on the lock plate and hold it, then use a scribe to remove the retaining ring. Then lock plate comes right off.

I bought a Harbour Freight tool for $2 - had a coupon.
Well, this one does both, remove the s/wheel and lock plate:
http://www.harborfreight.com/steerin...set-42031.html

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Re: 69 Turn Signal Switch Replacement

Thank for the information, I will have to try to make some type of press off the steering shaft. could not press down with hand enough to remove clip. but will try harder.
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Re: 69 Turn Signal Switch Replacement

AutoZone or Advance most likely has a kit like Everett linked that they'll rent to you. Just pay for it up front and they refund all of your money when you return it.

Getting it out with a small screwdriver isn't very hard without pressing it down but getting it back on is tough. I had my wheel off and on a half dozen times in one day when troubleshooting the horn circuit and my fingers were shot after that.

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Re: 69 Turn Signal Switch Replacement

Save on special tool...find a use for the wife or one of the children
you push down real hard and have them flick it out with a screwdriver....
Its alsop quicker than ordering the tool or going up the road to rent.

If it hasnt been off in a few decades..it may need a thump with a small mallet and bit of wood just to intially free it up if u cant press it down.

Similar thread to one a few weeks back asking the same thing.

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Re: 69 Turn Signal Switch Replacement

I own the tool and wouldn't do it any other way. I've done a few Caddilacs with tilt/telescopic wheels and the tool doesn't work on those, major pain if you ask me.

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Re: 69 Turn Signal Switch Replacement

Jeff,
On the T&T column you have to install a #12 allen screw into the threaded end of the upper shaft to prevent it from telescoping. Then the tool works just fine.

Here is a picture of the tilt column locking plate and the retaining ring. If you deform the ring (similar to the picture) you are going to have to purchase a new one. The GM part number for the ring is 5694191. I would think that it is probably available at most automotive supply stores as well (probably cheaper than the dealer price.)

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Re: 69 Turn Signal Switch Replacement

Have not been able to get back to the job of switch replacement, but with all of the good information I sure I,ll get something done even if it,s tearing it up. then I just buy one of the new tilt columns. but would like to stay original. THANKS AGAIN
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Re: 69 Turn Signal Switch Replacement

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Jeff,
On the T&T column you have to install a #12 allen screw into the threaded end of the upper shaft to prevent it from telescoping. Then the tool works just fine.

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