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Username Post: Turn signal issues        (Topic#349438)
wiz62impala 
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01-31-18 05:52 PM - Post#2722912    

Hi
I have a 62 impala 4 speed and I am having turn signal issues. I bought the car in the summer and the first issue was that when I turn the right signal on, it doesn’t cancel on its own. A few weeks ago, I felt like when I would turn on the left signal, it would give me a little hard time I would have to click the signal extra hard to engage. A few days ago, I took apart the dash to repaint it and i noticed that my right turn signal turns on, but my left signal doesn’t turn on at all. No flasher inside or outside. Today, I was looking to see if I didn’t plug in the switch properly and I turned on the car, the right signal was on and wouldn’t turn off at all. Left signal still wasn’t turning on. I couldn’t turn off the right signal at all.

Can I get some advice on what to do next to diagnose the issue?

Thanks!

1962 Chevy Impala Hardtop 2DR
327 V8, 4 Speed Muncie M21


 
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pvs409 
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01-31-18 06:11 PM - Post#2722917    
    In response to wiz62impala

Is the wire from the turn signal switch -that lays on top of the black steering column tube, hooked into the bottom of the turn signal with a special snap in clip. All so that the wire " pulls the sliding clamp front to back" to turn the signal on and off. The wire should move toward the dash and away from the dash.

The wire connector for turn signals on 61 and 62's Chevy's is a poor GM design and many times will not cancel when in use and you have to manually turn off the turn signal with the handle.

As noted above the wire needs to be adjusted correctly, and completely attached to the bottom of the switch.

Paul

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wiz62impala 
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01-31-18 06:15 PM - Post#2722918    
    In response to pvs409

Do I need to have the steering wheel off in order to see if the wire is connect to the turn signal?

1962 Chevy Impala Hardtop 2DR
327 V8, 4 Speed Muncie M21


 
pvs409 
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01-31-18 06:51 PM - Post#2722924    
    In response to wiz62impala

if the wire does not move when you turn to the right or left with the turn signal handle, it may be disconnected or loose under the steering column.

Its screwed into the turn signal housing under the steering column and has a wire with a round end & the round end connects to the turn signal arm. The arm mechanism pulls the wire up and down.

In the picture the black rubber covered wire runs on top of the column held in a small flat clip toward the dash. The rubber part that ends just before the wire that sticks out of it. The last inch of rubber & wire is attached to the column switch at the end of the rubber cover. I can take a better picture if needed.

Paul

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61 and 62 4 speed column black wire that connects to the bottom side of the switch


57 BelairHT 283/270hp 4 spd
62 ImpHT 327/300 4 spd
62 Imp CV SS 327/300HP 700R4
62 ImpHT SS 409/482 stroker 4 spd
62 Imp SS 409 - 5 spd Convertible under frameoff
Website http://paulstensland.com/
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wiz62impala 
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01-31-18 07:12 PM - Post#2722927    
    In response to pvs409

Thanks for the pic. I looked underneath and the wire does not move when I turn signal right or left. I took a little screwdriver to the wire that’s connected to the switch and moved it forward and back and the signals turn on/off.

Would the next step be to find out if the end that’s connect to the turn signal arm is loose or not connected with the screw anymore? If so how do I do that?



1962 Chevy Impala Hardtop 2DR
327 V8, 4 Speed Muncie M21


 
pvs409 
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01-31-18 07:31 PM - Post#2722929    
    In response to wiz62impala

pull the steering wheel with a steering wheel puller.
Remove the horn ring first(it has 2 hex head screws -one on each side that hold it in place). The access is from the back side of the steering wheel.
There is one hole in each arm of the painted steering wheel to access the hex screws. Using a nut driver with a magnet for the hex screws is best (for removal and replacement).


57 BelairHT 283/270hp 4 spd
62 ImpHT 327/300 4 spd
62 Imp CV SS 327/300HP 700R4
62 ImpHT SS 409/482 stroker 4 spd
62 Imp SS 409 - 5 spd Convertible under frameoff
Website http://paulstensland.com/
[image]http://chevytalk.org/sm/26453.jpg[/ima


 
pvs409 
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01-31-18 07:44 PM - Post#2722930    
    In response to pvs409

here is what your column should look like after the steering wheel is off. just to the right and above the single mounting screw is the wire connector for the turn signals -its hidden slightly by the turn signal mechanism held in by one screw.
Paul




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inside 4 column showing turn signal collar held in by one screw


57 BelairHT 283/270hp 4 spd
62 ImpHT 327/300 4 spd
62 Imp CV SS 327/300HP 700R4
62 ImpHT SS 409/482 stroker 4 spd
62 Imp SS 409 - 5 spd Convertible under frameoff
Website http://paulstensland.com/
[image]http://chevytalk.org/sm/26453.jpg[/ima


 
wiz62impala 
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01-31-18 07:54 PM - Post#2722935    
    In response to pvs409

You have been extremely helpful. I will do exactly what you have recommended and keep you posted no later than Saturday.

1962 Chevy Impala Hardtop 2DR
327 V8, 4 Speed Muncie M21


 
junky 
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01-31-18 08:29 PM - Post#2722939    
    In response to wiz62impala

A very light coating of white lithium grease will make all the parts work more smoothly. My Corvair has the same set up, and every 5 or 6 years, I take it apart, clean it, and relube. Never have a problem and it takes less that 30 minutes to complete the job. You spend more time getting all the proper tools, than anything else.

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bruno 
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02-01-18 12:13 PM - Post#2722997    
    In response to junky

I recently replaced the canceling cam thingy on mine. Both of the hooks that disengage were broken.

A little grease helps, but tightning the screw too much will just make the lever very hard to operate.

In my case, the switch on the bottom part of the column is badly held by the screws. I couldn't fit proper screws to hold it in place, either the holes are stripped or I don't have a single screw that fits there. Annnnnd, the position is just impossible for me to access it.

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wiz62impala 
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02-03-18 12:27 PM - Post#2723203    
    In response to bruno

Hi everyone,

Thanks for your help. I solved the problem. It seems like the Bowden cable was just disconnected from the lever in the column behind the steering wheel! Hooked it back on and good to go.

You guys have been very helpful!!!

1962 Chevy Impala Hardtop 2DR
327 V8, 4 Speed Muncie M21


 
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