How to Replace My Turn Signal Lever


Your turn signal lever, or stalk as some call it, attaches to the turn signal switch inside the steering column. The lever itself allows you to easily turn the switch on or off by moving the lever the up or down, which activates the turn signal system. While the switch and lever assembly, often called a multi-function switch, is anything but cheap, you can save yourself the labor charge by tackling this relatively easy automotive repair job yourself if you possess basic mechanical repair skills.

Things You'll Need

  • Trim tool
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Pry the top clamshell off the steering column with the trim tool. You may need to remove some screws with the Phillips screwdriver depending on the year, make and model of your vehicle. Usually, plastic ears that protrude from the edges where it connects to the lower clamshell hold the upper clamshell in place directly behind the steering wheel.

  • Remove the wiring harness from the switch body by hand. You can depress the retaining clip with one finger while pulling the clip outward.

  • Remove the retaining screw with the Phillips screwdriver and set it aside. Lift the switch and lever assembly up and out of the steering column. Position the new one in its place and then thread the retaining screw in by hand.

  • Tighten the retaining screw with the Phillips screwdriver. Connect the wiring harness to the new switch. Reinstall the clamshell by screwing or snapping it back in place.

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