Chrysler Front Wheel Drive Cars 4-CYL 1981-1995 Repair Information

Combination Switch

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1990-95 Models

CAUTION
On vehicles equipped with an air bag, the negative battery cable must be disconnected, isolated and a period of at least 2 minutes allowed to pass before working on the system. Failure to do so may result in deployment of the air bag and possible personal injury. Read all air bag precautions in Chassis Electrical before servicing this component.

The New Yorker, Dynasty, Imperial, Fifth Ave., LeBaron sedan, Spirit, Acclaim, Shadow, Sundance and TC by Maserati vehicles have turn signals which are part of the multi-function switch (combination switch). The multi-function switch contains electrical circuitry for the turn signals, cornering lamps (if equipped), hazard warning lights, headlamp beam selection, headlamp optical horn (if equipped), windshield wiper, pulse wipe (if equipped) and windshield washer system. This integrated switch assembly is mounted to the left-hand side of the steering column.

The LeBaron coupes and convertibles, as well as the Daytona models are equipped with a turn signal switch (named the dual-function switch), which also functions for the hazard warning light system. These vehicles also utilize a second switch, called the remote turn signal switch, which actually contains the actuating lever to work the turn signals. The dual function switch receives the message from the remote turn signal switch and controls the turn signal system accordingly. Both types of switches, multi-function and turn signal (not the remote switch), are, however, removed from and installed into the 1990-95 models in essentially the same fashion.

MULTI-FUNCTION AND DUAL-FUNCTION SWITCH

See Figures 1 and 2

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Fig. Fig. 1: The multi-function switch controls many of the vehicle's systems, such as the windshield wipers, hazard lights, headlamps and turn signals



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Fig. Fig. 2: The dual-function switch found on Daytona and LeBaron coupe/convertible models, controls the turn signals and hazard lights only

This procedure covers all steering column mounted turn signal switches (multi-function and dual-function switches-all models).

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the tilt lever, if so equipped.
  4.  
  5. Remove the steering column covers.
  6.  
  7. Remove the combination switch tamper-proof mounting screws and pull the switch away from the steering column.
  8.  
  9. Loosen the connector screw; the screw will remain in the connector. Unplug the connector from the switch.
  10.  

To install:
  1. Attach the connector back into the switch, then tighten the connector retaining screw until snug.
  2.  
  3. Position the switch on the steering column, then install and tighten the mounting screws until snug.
  4.  
  5. Install the steering column covers.
  6.  
  7. Install the tilt lever, if equipped.
  8.  
  9. Connect the negative battery cable and check all functions of the combination switch for proper operation.
  10.  

REMOTE TURN SIGNAL SWITCH

See Figure 3

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Fig. Fig. 3: The Daytona and LeBaron coupe and convertible models utilize a second turn signal switch to activate the primary switch (dual-function switch)

Only the Daytona and LeBaron coupe (AJ Body) and convertible models are equipped with this second turn signal switch, which is mounted in the switch pod.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the panel vent grille above the switch pod assembly and remove the 2 revealed pod mounting screws.
  4.  
  5. Remove the 2 remaining screws under the pod and pull the pod out to disconnect the wiring harnesses. Remove the pod from the instrument panel.
  6.  
  7. Remove the turn signal switch lever by pulling it straight out of the pod.
  8.  
  9. Remove the inner panel from the pod. Unplug the switch from the printed circuit board.
  10.  
  11. Remove the turn signal switch mounting screws and slide the switch out of the slot.
  12.  

To install:
  1. Slide the new switch into the slot, then install the turn signal mounting screws.
  2.  
  3. Attach the new switch to the printed circuit board.
  4.  
  5. Install the inner panel of the pod.
  6.  
  7. Push the turn signal lever into the switch.
  8.  
  9. Install the pod to the instrument panel, after attaching the wiring harness connector.
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  11. Install the 2 lower mounting screws and the 2 upper pod mounting screws.
  12.  
  13. Install the panel vent grille into the switch pod assembly.
  14.  
  15. Connect the negative battery cable and check the turn signal switch and dimmer function for proper operation.
  16.  

Premier

See Figures 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8

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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the 3 lower instrument panel retaining screws, then remove the panel from the dashboard



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Fig. Fig. 5: Remove the air duct from underneath the dashboard



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Fig. Fig. 6: Cut off the old wiring harness straps-new ones will be needed upon installation



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Fig. Fig. 7: Loosen the steering column connector hold-down nut, then unplug the connector



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Fig. Fig. 8: Remove the 2 lower mounting screws, but do not remove the 2 lower rivets


CAUTION
On vehicles equipped with an air bag, the negative battery cable must be disconnected, isolated and a period of at least 2 minutes allowed to pass before working on the system. Failure to do so may result in deployment of the air bag and possible personal injury. Read all air bag precautions in Chassis Electrical before servicing this component.

The windshield wiper, turn signal, headlight and dimmer switches are all combined in the combination switch on the left side of the steering column.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the lower instrument panel cover retaining screws, then pull the panel down and away from the instrument panel.
  4.  
  5. Remove the screws and remove the support rod. Pull the air duct aside.
  6.  
  7. Cut the plastic tie-wrap straps around the wiring under the dashboard.
  8.  
  9. Loosen the hold-down nut in the center of the steering column electrical connector and separate the connectors.
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  11. Separate the left side pod switch connector from the steering column connector by placing a flat bladed prytool between the connectors to disengage the locking tab. Push on the wire side of the left side pod switch connector and slide the connector out of the channels of the steering column connector.
  12.  
  13. Unplug the electrical connector, then remove the bottom 2 screws (not the rivets) from the pod assembly.
  14.  
  15. To gain access to the inside of the pod, remove the screws from the back of the left side switch pod assembly and remove the switch pod housing back cover.
  16.  

There are small retaining clips on the left side pod that may fall off when the switch is removed.

  1. Carefully pull the switch pod far enough from the housing to expose the 2 screws, remove them and gently pull the switch forward and pull the harness out through the housing to remove the switch.
  2.  

To install:

There are small retaining clips on the left-hand and right-hand switch pods that must be in place when the switch pods are installed.

  1. Route the switch assembly connector through the housing and along the underside of the steering column.
  2.  
  3. Attach the switch connectors.
  4.  
  5. Attach the steering column wiring connector and install the connector retaining nut. Secure the wiring with new ties.
  6.  
  7. While holding the switch in position, secure it with the mounting screws. Tighten the screws securely.
  8.  
  9. Install the air duct under the dashboard.
  10.  
  11. Install the lower support bar and tighten the mounting bolts until snug.
  12.  
  13. Install the lower instrument cover.
  14.  
  15. Connect the negative battery cable and check all functions of the combination switch for proper operation.
  16.  

 
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