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Turn signal switch and hazard warning switch

DESCRIPTION

The turn signal and hazard warning switches are integral to the multi-function switch unit, which is secured to the left side of the steering column (Fig.

1). The only visible parts of the multi-function switch are the control stalk that extends from the left side of the steering column, and the hazard warning switch push button that protrudes from the top of the steering column. The multi-function switch control stalk has both nomenclature and international control symbols on it, which identify its many functions.

The hazard warning switch push button is identified with a double triangle, which is the international control symbol for hazard warning. The remainder of the multi-function switch is concealed beneath the steering column shrouds.

The multi-function switch also contains circuitry for the following functions:

  • Headlamp beam selection
  • Headlamp optical horn
  • Windshield wipers
  • Windshield washers.

Fig. 1 Multi-Function Switch Fig. 1 Multi-Function Switch

1 - WINDSHIELD WASHER BUTTON

2 - CONTROL STALK

3 - HAZARD WARNING BUTTON

4 - WINDSHIELD WIPER CONTROL

5 - MULTI-FUNCTION SWITCH

The information contained in this group addresses only the multi-function switch turn signal and hazard hazard warning functions. For information relative to the other systems that are controlled by and circuits that are integral to the multi-function switch, see the group in this service manual that covers that system.

However, the turn signal and hazard warning switches cannot be repaired. If these switches or any other circuit or component of the multi-function switch unit is faulty or damaged, the entire multifunction switch unit must be replaced.

OPERATION

TURN SIGNAL SWITCH

The multi-function switch control stalk that extends from the left side of the steering column just below the steering wheel is moved up or down to activate the turn signal switch. When the control stalk is moved in the upward direction, the right turn signal switch circuitry is activated; and, when the control stalk is moved in the downward direction, the left turn signal switch circuitry is activated. The turn signal switch has a detent position in each direction that provides turn signals with automatic cancellation, and an intermediate momentary position in each direction that provides turn signals only until the multi-function switch control stalk is released.

When the turn signal switch is in a detent position, it is turned off by one of two turn signal cancelling cam lobes that are integral to the rotor of the clockspring mechanism. Turning the steering wheel causes the turn signal cancelling cam lobes to contact a cancel actuator in the multi-function switch, and the turn signal switch automatically returns to the off position.

HAZARD WARNING SWITCH

The hazard warning switch is controlled by the hazard warning switch push button. Push the switch button in to unlatch the switch and activate the hazard warning system, and push in on the button again to latch the switch and turn the system off. When the hazard warning switch is latched (hazard warning off), the push button will be in a lowered position on the top of the steering column shroud; and, when the hazard warning switch is unlatched (hazard warning on), the push button will be in a raised position.

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