Hi I'm new to the group. I bought an 88 Dodge Daytona to save on gas.
I was adult owned and not hacked up. The vital stats : 2.5L / 3spd
auto / cruise / delay wipers/ t-top / 145k miles. So far it's not been
too bad, except of this last problem. I flashed (with the high beams)
a lady to let her merge into traffic and my high beams broke up and
on!!! I believe that the switch in the steering column in broken - it
is loose and no longer "clicks". My mechanic says it requires a
special tool to work this problem and he is not interested in getting
I'm fairly mechanically inclined and I have no idea what "special tool"
he is talking about. I've also never had a steering column apart. the
car is not drivable as it is, so please help! Thanks
I recently let my '88 Daytona turbo go to another home, I'd
had it for 9 years, and it provided excellent transportation.
Regrettably, the body was beginning to go and it was entering "nickel
and dime" mode, which I just don't have luxury of being able to deal
with. Besides, my 1998 Monte Carlo Z-34 is almost as much fun to
drive - and has more raw power.
Anyway, back to your issue.. First thing to determine is
whether or not this car has an air bag. If it does, I would not even
begin to mess with it. If there's NO air bag, I'd say you should dig
right in and see what the story is yourself. The center wheel
padding/emblem is held on by screws in the back of the wheel. Start
from there and just remove one piece at a time. You will need a
steering wheel puller. I purchased mine for a whopping $10.00. If
you're familiar with the design and purpose of such a tool, you could
even make your own out of some bar stock.
If you get to a certain point and can go no further, that is
where you'll need the "special tool." Many car parts stores will lend
you tools with a cash deposit. When you buy your replacement part,
inquire about the tool.
I've done several steering wheel pull/turn signal repair jobs,
and while they were admittedly on older, less complicated cars, I can
assure you that with the exception of the air bag issue, they haven't
changed all that much...
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