For cars of all sizes, turning the emergency flashers on to signal that you need to go to a shoulder in the event of a breakdown, starts by pressing the red triangle button on your dashboard. But sometimes, your hazard flasher switch may not work. You have to replace it immediately to avoid untoward incidents on the road. We repaired the defective hazard flasher switch on our 1995 Chevy Silverado. Here's how you can do it.
Difficulty level: Moderate
- Ensure safety first. Wear protective gears before working on your vehicle.
Tools that you'll need:
- Trim tool
- Screwdriver set
- Socket wrench
- Replacement hazard flasher switch
Step 1: Make sure your car's engine is turned off. Open the hood, and disconnect the battery using a socket wrench. This will prevent the airbags from disengaging.
Step 2: You need to remove the steering wheel. Unscrew the steering wheel cover using a trim tool. Now, disconnect the electrical connection from the steering wheel cover. Set the steering wheel cover aside.
Step 3: Remove the horn pad by tugging from its bottom, and work your way up. Disconnect its electrical connection as well. Now you can unbolt the back of the steering wheel using a socket wrench.
Step 4: Next, unscrew the underside of the dash trim panel, just above the instrument cluster where your speedometers are. Remove the dash trim panel.
Step 5: Pry the upper and lower shrouds of the steering wheel column. Next, remove the lockplate, then force the lockplate out of the steering column.
Step 6: Using a Phillips screwdriver, remove the flasher switch lever and pull it out of the steering column. By pressing the hazard flasher switch, unscrew it, and disconnect its electrical connection. Now, place the new switch into the steering column, mount the screws, and reconnect it.
Step 7: Reassemble the parts you have taken out.
This may take you an hour, but afterwards, you are now ready to hit the road (not cars) again. For any vehicle, pulling into the side of the road should be done with precaution to avoid untoward car accidents. The hazard flasher switch enables this safety measure. Always check if the red button is working properly before driving.