How to Change the Turn Signal Lever on a 1988 Chevrolet Camaro

The 1988 Chevrolet Camaro uses a multi-function lever that contains the cruise control, windshield wipers, dimmer and turn signals. Replacing the switch requires taking part of the steering shroud down to access the switch comfortably. The switch can malfunction for several reasons, as any of the attached components could have shorted out, thus making the switch inoperable.

Tools Used: Phillips-head screwdriver, New turn signal lever

Change the Turn Signal Lever

Open the hood of your vehicle. Disconnect the negative battery terminal.

Open the driver's side door for easier access to the steering column. Locate and remove the screws that hold the steering column shroud in place, using a Phillips-head screwdriver. Place the shroud to the side.

Disconnect the wiring harness. The wiring will be locked in a connector. Separate the tabs and separate the connectors.

Twist the lever toward the driver's seat and pull out. This will unlock the retainer ring that holds the switch in place.

Push in the new lever, apply pressure and twist counter-clockwise. This will lock the lever in place.

Connect the wiring harness by locking the connectors. Tighten the shroud back in place. Connect the battery by attaching the negative cable to the terminal.

Start the car to test the switch. Test the switch by using all of its features: Activate the right and left signal; drive the car over 30 miles per hour and set the cruise control.

Tips & Warnings

You can purchase a replacement turn signal switch at any local automotive parts store.

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