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beetleman217 Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:07 pm

My turn signal works but does not cancel when returning the steering wheel. Even though the signal mech seems perfect, I swapped it for another and that didn't help. So if two turn signals don't work, it must be the cancellation ring on the steering wheel. But that seems to be intact as well with no signs of breakage or other flaws. So what could be the problem?



Wildthings Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:09 am

Buy a loud flasher. :wink:

BayCreamPuff Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:56 am

What's the clearance between your switch housing and your steering wheel?

Shouldn't be more than a few millimeters.


a-marshal Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:57 am

the entire plastic pod that houses the signal and wiper arms can slide down the column, try sliding it back up. Don't know about other years but my 73 has two Philips screws that hold the pod together, one accessed from either side, slide pod up tighten screws problem gone..

Tcash Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:57 am

beetleman217 wrote: My turn signal works but does not cancel when returning the steering wheel.
If they never cancelled. The cancel ring may have been put on wrong?


busdaddy Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:44 am

How about a pic of your signal switch looking down into it when the wheel is off?, there's a few plastic parts and a spring that break often.

beetleman217 Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:45 pm

a-marshall's point was interesting- -perhaps the tang on the ring simply doesn't reach the white cancellation piece in the mech. So I took out the hex head screw that holds the entire unit in place and it did slide up, decreasing the gap. I then tightened it back and was sure my troubles were over, but unfortunately it still doesn't cancel.

Busdaddy - the mech is not the issue, I have two and they both are good with all the plastic bits that tend to break intact and the spring in place.

Bentley says to install the wheel with the tang to the left - but I don't see why. It should cancel in any position as the steering wheel is turned, shouldn't it?

kreemoweet Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:14 pm

beetleman217 wrote: Bentley says to install the wheel with the tang to the left - but I don't see why. It should cancel in any position as the steering wheel is turned, shouldn't it?

"On the left" only applies up to 73 or 74 or whenever it was VW changed the mechanism design. Subsequently, I believe it goes on the right. And it
does matter, especially when you're just turning the wheel enough to make a normal turn

Tcash Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:46 pm

So you have the Turn signal Switch from ch. no. 2142 164 060 1974-79


Maybe the switch just needs a good cleaning?



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