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'97 Chevy S-10, Directional Switch Location

Q: We have a ‘97 Chevy S-10 and our directional signals aren't working. We've purchased a new switch. The problem is-where the heck does it go? No one seems to know...Please Help!

- Tom

A: Before you replace the switch, have you checked the fuse for the turn signals? If the fuse is okay, have you checked the flasher for the turn signals? There are two different flashers, one for the turn signal and one for the hazards. This leads to the next question; any chance the switch for the hazards is on the wrong position? The reason I ask? The hazard switch/button cancels out the turn signal switch, preventing the operation of the directionals/turn signals. I would suggest switching/cycling the hazard switch a few times to confirm it is correctly positioned. If none of the above works and you’re asking where the turn signal switch goes, there are some concerns. It is not that the turn signal switch is that difficult to service. It is the items such as the air bag system, which just happens to be in the same area and could create, should we say, an interesting automotive repair experience. I would suggest just a little reading to familiarize yourself with the do’s and don’ts of the repair. To find the turn signal switch only requires following the turn signal lever to the steering column. Remove the steering column trim covers, this will expose the screws that hold the switch into place. You’ll find, that there is a plastic strap that holds the wiring harness to the column. This repair usually takes under an hour to perform. But, if you find yourself unsure, pay to have the work performed.

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