Broke part when removing steering wheel. Need replacing?

Broke part when removing steering wheel. Need replacing?

Postby blendergasket [OP] » October 8th 2020, 7:07pm

I originally posted this to interior then realized there was a forum for steering, so I deleted it and am reposting here.

While trying to remove the steering wheel to replace the turn signal switch, I compressed the lock plate trying to get the clip off but pressed too hard and I accidentally cracked the yellow piece that was underneath the cover. Does this need to be replace? Or is it OK to just use a cracked one of these. If it needs replacing, does anyone know the name of it? I wasn't having much luck finding Coil ASM, which I guess is the name of the piece. I only found 1 hit for the astro and it was very expensive. I'm hoping there are more under a different name or something. Thank you for your help!

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The crack is the diagonal line on the yellow piece.
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Re: Broke part when removing steering wheel. Need replacing?

Postby AstroWill » October 8th 2020, 7:26pm

I mean, as long as it's functional it shouldn't be an issue. it's your airbag clockspring, worst case is your airbag doesn't deploy ;)

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Re: Broke part when removing steering wheel. Need replacing?

Postby Mmusicman » October 8th 2020, 10:05pm

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Re: Broke part when removing steering wheel. Need replacing?

Postby AstroWill » October 8th 2020, 11:57pm

Mmusicman wrote:Sorry this doesn't help or answer you question.. but it should be noted (for others seeing this) that the switch "can" be replaced without pulling the steering wheel. I've done it along with others...


Depends on the year.

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Re: Broke part when removing steering wheel. Need replacing?

Postby sixsix » October 9th 2020, 12:59am

The other day - it was:

Mmusicman wrote:
markmitch wrote:It depends on what year your van is...

Ooops... sometimes I forget to look and see what the OP is driving! :banghead:


posted in this thread:
Is this the tool I need to replace turn signal wand/switch?
https://www.astrosafari.com/viewtopic.p ... 6#p1539960

Implication was that Music thought they were talking Gen II.

...but it's a '94 ... hmmm

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So today - it was:

AstroWill wrote:
Mmusicman wrote:Sorry this doesn't help or answer you question.. but it should be noted (for others seeing this) that the switch "can" be replaced without pulling the steering wheel. I've done it along with others...


Depends on the year.



Van obviously has an airbag and is one of those "Cross-Over" ( '94-'95 ) years.

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Re: Broke part when removing steering wheel. Need replacing?

Postby blendergasket [OP] » October 9th 2020, 2:39am

Cool. Thanks for the info. I'm glad I don't need to get yet another part.
Turns out it wasn't the switch but the switch arm actuator. Sadly, it won't be coming until mid week next week. None of my LPS had one.
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Re: Broke part when removing steering wheel. Need replacing?

Postby Mmusicman » October 9th 2020, 12:32pm

sixsix wrote:Music wrong TWICE ?

I should learn to post only after I've had my first cup of morning coffee.... :o
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Re: Broke part when removing steering wheel. Need replacing?

Postby blendergasket [OP] » November 22nd 2020, 1:04am

If anyone has this issue in the future, this is the part that fixed the problem: Genuine GM 7827038 Turn Signal Switch Actuator Arm

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000Q ... UTF8&psc=1
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