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tbirdmike63
08-14-2017, 09:03 AM
Hey everyone, I need to replace my turn signal cam, I have the cruise control steering wheel, is this an easy process, I know the are some wires that go to the cruise control switches, is there anything I need to know to not mess this up? Thanks!

OUR5T8BIRD
08-14-2017, 11:48 AM
Hey everyone, I need to replace my turn signal cam, I have the cruise control steering wheel, is this an easy process, I know the are some wires that go to the cruise control switches, is there anything I need to know to not mess this up? Thanks!

If I may ask , does it cancel on left turns but not right turns , Then the most likely problem is the sleeve that goes around the upper steering shaft bearing . they have a habit of breaking down over time and will allow the steering shaft to drop a bit . If you can take the steering wheel and notice vertical play, that is most likely the problem . The wheel has to come off, the turn signal switch has to lifted up over the shaft and then the bearing lifted off and a new sleeve put around the bearing . Hope this helps .

tbirdmike63
08-14-2017, 11:51 AM
Actually, it's when I make right turns.

tbirdmike63
08-14-2017, 11:59 AM
Oops, yes it cancels on left turns not on right, can I check it by pulling up on the steering wheel while turning right and see if it cancels?

OUR5T8BIRD
08-14-2017, 12:11 PM
Oops, yes it cancels on left turns not on right, can I check it by pulling up on the steering wheel while turning right and see if it cancels?

Sure , Just try to hold it upward while bringing the wheel back. If it then cancels, it is the bearing sleeve. If no different it could be the switch arm upper section broken off . That means a new switch .

tbirdmike63
08-14-2017, 01:26 PM
Should I replace the bearing while I'm in there? Is this basically an easy job to do?

OUR5T8BIRD
08-14-2017, 01:35 PM
Should I replace the bearing while I'm in there? Is this basically an easy job to do?

A bit tricky getting the bearing off of the shaft spline . Also a snap ring in front of it. I never replace the bearing, just clean it and re-grease it considering the number of revolutions it makes it should never wear out . (be sure to keep the bearing seal on the bottom .) Once the shaft is clear of wheel, signal switch, you have to lift the shaft enough to get the bearing out of the pocket, slide something under it and tap down on the shaft to free the bearing . Have done many this way.

tbirdmike63
08-14-2017, 02:26 PM
I will give it a shot. Thanks!

tbirdmike63
08-14-2017, 02:32 PM
I heard on this forum that you must remove the steering shaft to get the bearing off, do you think it will be necessary? Or can I leave the bearing on since I probably won't be replacing it.

tbirdmike63
08-14-2017, 02:41 PM
Oh, I see, in your description you mention removing the steering shaft. Thanks

OUR5T8BIRD
08-14-2017, 03:11 PM
Oh, I see, in your description you mention removing the steering shaft. Thanks

No, do not remove the steering shaft . With the wheel off and the signal switch out of the way ( lift it up and over the shaft end ), lift on the shaft enough to have the bearing clear the pocket that it sits in with the sleeve around it ( sleeve probably gone ) . The rag joint On the bottom will let you lift it a bit , then slide a small shim or the like under the bearing and with the nut back on the threads of the shaft and the snap ring removed from in front of the bearing, tap on the shaft/nut to drive it down and the bearing should clear the spline on the shaft and lift out . Do the repair and reverse the procedure with bearing and new sleeve , snap ring and shaft back in pocket . Hope this is clear for you .

Parts venders should have this bearing sleeve .

tbirdmike63
08-16-2017, 10:26 AM
Do you think I will need to buy anything besides the sleeve, I don't want to get only the sleeve and realize I need other parts? Thanks!

OUR5T8BIRD
08-17-2017, 09:29 AM
Do you think I will need to buy anything besides the sleeve, I don't want to get only the sleeve and realize I need other parts? Thanks!

You only mentioned the canceling of the turn signal cam. You could also replace the bearing if you wish . While you are in there, you could pull the yoke and replace the detent , the selector lever, check the tension spring for the selector lever , Replace the indicator bulb , etc.,

tbirdmike63
08-30-2017, 04:42 PM
I'm having a hard time with the signal switch it comes about half way out, the top of it comes out but the the bottom seems to be hung up on something, I don't want to force it, it seems fragile.

tbirdmike63
08-30-2017, 05:09 PM
The wires to the switch are too short, I can't clear the steering shaft, is there a way to remove the housing? Should I pull on the wires to try to clear the shaft? Thanks!

tbirdmike63
08-30-2017, 05:45 PM
You know, there wasn't a spring under the steering wheel when I removed it, is a spring absolutely necessary? Thanks!

OUR5T8BIRD
08-30-2017, 05:56 PM
The wires to the switch are too short, I can't clear the steering shaft, is there a way to remove the housing? Should I pull on the wires to try to clear the shaft? Thanks!

At the bottom of the steering column where the wires come out , by the brake pedal area , there are two or three clips. undo them and that will allow the wires to come up higher to clear the column .

OUR5T8BIRD
08-30-2017, 05:58 PM
You know, there wasn't a spring under the steering wheel when I removed it, is a spring absolutely necessary? Thanks!
Ifl not mistaken , the spring type is on the '64 Bird column . Not the '65 and '66 . One of the reasons that you can not used a '64 wheel on the '65 and '66 Bird .

OUR5T8BIRD
08-30-2017, 06:02 PM
You know, there wasn't a spring under the steering wheel when I removed it, is a spring absolutely necessary? Thanks!

Just remembered, did you mention you had cruise control , that may change the picture a bit . Have not worked on one of those columns to change the bearing sleeve . Hope I did not answer too soon .

tbirdmike63
08-30-2017, 06:13 PM
Yes I have cruise, I got the turn switch out of the way, I can pull on the steering shaft a little, but the bearing won't clear the place where it sits, it only comes up a tiny bit, don't know how to get the bearing out, I got the retaining clip off, try to get something under the bearing while tapping the shaft, no luck so far, should I attempt to remove the steering shaft at the rag joint? Don't want to if I don't have to.

OUR5T8BIRD
08-30-2017, 08:34 PM
Yes I have cruise, I got the turn switch out of the way, I can pull on the steering shaft a little, but the bearing won't clear the place where it sits, it only comes up a tiny bit, don't know how to get the bearing out, I got the retaining clip off, try to get something under the bearing while tapping the shaft, no luck so far, should I attempt to remove the steering shaft at the rag joint? Don't want to if I don't have to.

With the nut on the shaft for lifting and tapping you may have to get a second person to lift while you try to get a small pry bar behind the bearing and then give the shaft a good hard tap. The bearing race is on a spline on the shaft once you get it to move it will come easy . You have to go through the reverse when you put the bearing back with the new sleeve . I have never had to remove or loosen the rag joint but if you have to , so be it . Not an easy item to get at.
Perseverance is the word .