Hazard light switch

Tiny
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  • 1995 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN
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I have a 1995 K1500 chevrolet suburban. The hazard light button on top of the steering wheel column has broken off and therefore the hazard lights are stuck on. I found which fuse is connected to them and have pulled it, but unfortunately this fuse also controls the turn signals as well as the brake lights.

I'm wondering if there is an easy fix to be able to just disengage the hazard lights without having to take the car to an auto repair shop and having them completely disengage the steering column.
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Monday, June 24th, 2013 AT 7:14 PM

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Tiny
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There are is no easy way to do that it's better just to replace the combination switch. Here are the instruction and diagrams below.

REMOVAL
Remove or disconnect the following:
1. Make sure the lever is in the center or "Off" position.
2. Negative battery cable.
3. Disable the SIR system.
4. Inflator module.
5. Tilt wheel lever.
6. Horn contact (if equipped with SIR).
7. Horn pad assembly (if not equipped with SIR).
8. Steering wheel nut.
9. Steering wheel using a steering wheel puller.
10. Knee bolster.
11. Loosen steering column bracket nuts.
12. Two TORX(R) head screws from lower column cover.
13. Lower column cover. Tilt cover down and slide back to disengage locking tabs.
14. Two TORX(R) head screws from upper column cover.
15. Steering column lock set.
16. Upper column cover.
17. Two wire harness straps from steering column wire harness.
18. Retainer CPA and connector from BTSI.
19. Steering column bulkhead connector from vehicle wire harness.
20. Gray and black connectors of switch from column bulkhead connector.
21. Two TORX(R) head screws on switch.
22. Multifunction turn signal/hazard switch.

INSTALLATION

CAUTION: Always use the correct fastener in the proper location. When you replace a fastener, use ONLY the exact part number for that application. The manufacturer will call out those fasteners that require a replacement after removal. The manufacturer will also call out the fasteners that require thread lockers or thread sealant. UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED, do not use supplemental coatings (paints, greases, or other corrosion Inhibitors) on threaded fasteners or fastener joint interfaces. Generally, such coatings adversely affect the fastener torque and joint clamping force, and may damage the fastener. When you install fasteners, use the correct tightening sequence and specifications. Following these instructions can help you avoid damage to parts and systems.

Install or connect the following:
1. Multifunction turn signal/hazard switch.
- Use small blade screwdriver to compress electrical contact and move multifunction switch into position.
- Electrical contact must rest on cancelling cam assembly.
2. Two TORX(R) head screws on switch. Tighten to 6 Nm (53 lb in).
3. Gray and black connectors of switch to column bulkhead connector.
4. Steering column bulkhead connector to vehicle wire harness.
5. Connector and retainer CPA to BTSI.
6. Two wire straps on steering column wire harness.
7. Upper column cover.
8. Steering column bracket nuts. Tighten to 30 Nm (22 lb ft).
9. Knee bolster.
10. Steering column cylinder lock set.
11. Two TORX(R) head screws to upper column cover. Tighten to 1.4 Nm (12 lb in).
12. Lower column cover.
13. Two TORX(R) head screws to lower column cover. Tighten to 6 Nm (53 lb in).
14. Make sure the lever is in the center or "OFF" position.
15. Steering wheel onto the steering shaft.
16. Steering wheel nut. Tighten to 40 Nm (29 lb ft).
17. Horn pad assembly (if not equipped with SIR).
18. Horn contact (if equipped with SIR).
19. Inflator module.
20. Tilt wheel lever.
21. Negative battery cable.
22. Enable the SIR system (if equipped).

Check out the diagrams (Below). Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.

Cheers
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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 AT 12:20 AM
Tiny
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So removing this fuse will only disconnect the hazard lights? I read online and it said the fuse would also disconnect the brake lights
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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 AT 2:40 PM
Tiny
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Don't remove the fuse. Remove the flasher that will stop the hazards lights and all the other things will work properly. Just follow the clicking noise to the flasher and remove it. But if the switch is broken the turn signal may not work either.
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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 AT 4:42 PM
Tiny
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Could you be a little more specific about the clicking noise and how to remove the remaining piece of the flasher so that the brake lights and turn signals will work properly?

My worry is that if I remove the remaining piece of hazard flasher, it will exacerbate the problem and will not resume the "default" position of the hazard flasher as "off" with fully functional turn signals and brake lights.

Any kind of schematic about how the hazard flasher is designed would be extremely helpful.
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Thursday, June 27th, 2013 AT 6:15 PM
Tiny
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I'm trying to make this as easy as possible for you. Do you hear the clicking noise when the flasher is bllinking?Go to the inside fuse panel. There should be a round flasher there just remove it. If it's not there follow the clicking noise to the flasher and unplug it. This is as easy as I can make it!
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Thursday, June 27th, 2013 AT 7:27 PM
Tiny
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I was Able to find the flasher underneath the drivers side dash. However, upon removing it I found that the brake lights and turn signals(with the exception of the center mounted light stopped working). There are a lot of wires coming out of this inside fuse panel. Is there any way one of these would disable just the flasher?
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Friday, June 28th, 2013 AT 6:55 PM
Tiny
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Then this problem is in the turn signal switch you will need to replace it.
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Saturday, June 29th, 2013 AT 1:19 AM
Tiny
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You were right, removing the flasher underneath the drivers side dash does still allow the brake lights to work. However, the switch in the steering column has to be in the correct position to permit this to occur, and since my switch has broken, the only way for me to accomplish this is by wedging something in between to keep the switch in that position.

Do you know if there is a wire that goes directly to the switch behind the steering wheel, that I can gain easy access to that will allow me to disengage this switch?

Ultimately I do realize that the steering column needs to be disassembled and the turn signal assembly replaced, I'm just looking for a temporary fix thats better than the "wedging" I've been doing, so that I can get the car back to my mechanic without getting pulled over for not having proper signaling.
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Saturday, June 29th, 2013 AT 2:25 PM
Tiny
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I am sorry there is really nothing you can do except replace the turn signal switch.
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Sunday, June 30th, 2013 AT 9:51 PM

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