Ripped off turn signal stalk '01 lw300

Discussion in 'Saturn L-series' started by Oppie, Aug 21, 2006.

  1. Oppie

    Oppie Guest

    Found out the other day a good reason to only reset the trip odometer when
    I had just filled the tank and gotten underway when it occurred to me to
    reset the trip odometer. On the L series, the most convenient way to reach
    the reset button is by putting your hand through the opening of the steering
    wheel. I was going straight so no problem (so I thought). Just as I put my
    hand out, an idiot coming the other way dips in front of me and into a
    driveway. I had to take evasive action and didn't pull my left hand out of
    the enter opening fast enough. Got the hand pinned between the wheel and
    turn indicator stalk. Quick evaluation of whether to loose the front end of
    the car or the turn indicator... wound up snapping of the stalk but did miss
    the SOB.

    Good news is that I removed the column top cover behind the steering wheel
    and found that the stalk had merely popped out of a well and was held in by
    two small plastic pins. Pushing the stalk back in untill it clicked into
    place seems to be holding. And here I was worrying about having to buy a
    new switch and take the whole column apart.

    I have had other cars in the past where the turn indicator switch was so
    fragile and easilly damaged - not to mention expensive and involved to
    repair. This was a pleasant surprise.

    Oppie, Aug 21, 2006
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