2001 Impala: DIY MultiFunction stalk?

Hello All: It has finally happened to me; the high beams in our 2001 Impala will not stay on. I assume that the MultiFunction switch is the cause. There is no detent (click) when I pull back on the stalk.
I read through the factory service manual and understand that the steering wheel needs to be removed. The manual mentions a special tool to get the air bag module off the wheel. Of course, I do not have this special tool. Is this something I can tackle myself, or should I let a mechanic do the job? Do you think most independant mechanics will have this airbag tool? Thanks for any help/advice. Take care, Bill
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Not knowing you experience doing these repairs, but I would have this done based on your questions.

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Shep wrote:

on some gm cars you pull back to flash the lights, you push fwd to keep high beams on on some, there is no detent on the pull motion
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Did you try pushing the stalk in? Both my GM cars have high beams go on by pushing forward, just flash when pulling back. If you drive another make of car also, it may be different and you may be getting confused.

I don't have a clue if you can handle it, but I know the part is expensive and labor is high. A fellow at work had his replaced by the dealer and it was hundreds of $$$. Get a price first so you don't go into shock when you get the bill.
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Others seem to think that you must be confused about how the stalk works; I can attest that on my Impala it does indeed click into high beam when you pull the stalk towards you and clicks off if you pull it again.
I know nothing about the repair itself, but thought you might appreciate someone here not treating you like an idiot.
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How is giving the guy a couple of pointers treating him like an idiot? Many newer GM cars do as others have said. Perhaps the Impala doesn't, but many do.
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Also, the Impala has a flash feature by partially pulling the stick towards you but not so far to click into high beam. This works whether headlights are on or off. Roy

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ROY BRAGG wrote:

Exactly when are the headlights (i.e. DRL) ever off on any GM vehicle? How could one recognize when the flash feature was being used?
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The DRL is not the headlight. Depending on the model, it may be the high beams on a low setting or a secondary light. Flashing the lights works well and is easily visible.
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The little blue light on your instrument cluster flashes when the high beams do...
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