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Mar 10, 2015, 11:00 AM

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I need to replace a turn signal switch and to do this I need to remove the steering wheel. I know how to do the steering wheel part, but I cannot figure out how to take off the horn pad. There are no screws in the back only 2 (what look like pins) on both sides. It does not pop off as I have tried this already. I am stumped.

1986 Plymouth Reliant SE
2 door 2.2 L Engine
66000 miles

I have a Haynes manual and all it says is to remove the horn pad, but does not say how.

Any help please?

Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 10, 2015, 11:16 AM

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Re: Removal of horn pad 1986 reliant Sign In

? Just some idea for an old "K" car I called them and never had one with this issue so guesses.

1st - what is wrong that you need to do anything? I ask because you have already determined it needs this part but might not at all. Is the lever all broken, doesn't cancel blinking on turns or not blinking on one or both side? It matters what is the approach but will suggest what you might find to get at it:

Remove pad? Either it is just friction fit with maybe nylon pegs and you just gently pry it off or hidden screws behind everything out of sight and probably deep in a hole?

Then you see what's next in order up to pulling the wheel, tool for that required.

Possible that this is all doable from the collar of column - should see where it's two parts of plastic and again hidden screws on bottom and it would come apart in two pieces maybe have to move some rubber thing near dash?

Those would be common so many cars of the vintage and newer. Still want to know if you are sure you need to go there at all and why you are so sure,


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Mar 10, 2015, 11:26 AM

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Re: Removal of horn pad 1986 reliant Sign In

Hi Tom,

Thanks for the reply. The turn signals were working intermittently and I had it checked and that is what I was told is failing. Sometimes the left one would work sometimes the right one and sometimes both would not work. They do not work at all now only a solid green light when I turn on a signal. Checked all fuses and bulbs and connections where the bulbs are everything is fine Also, the wheel is loose where it tilts so I need to go in and tighten the screws.

I tried to pry/pop it off and ended up cracking the back plastic piece on the back of the steering wheel. It would not budge. The only thing on the back of the steering wheel (is what looks like) 2 rivets. One on each side.

Hope this answers your remaining questions

Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 10, 2015, 12:35 PM

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Re: Removal of horn pad 1986 reliant Sign In

OK - Actually I'd be looking for the flasher nothing in the column! If dash green indicator light then what's in column probably is fine.

For broken plastic stuff - save the pieces and a very useful glue is by brand GOOP - home centers - ask - good and will be strong enough but give it time.

! Real "pop" rivets? IDK - you might be looking at an early Torx headed something. My guess is real rivets where you are working are not intended to be drilled out to do anything and replaced especially if plastic to plastic?? Not seeing it hurts but if fixing that I'd find something other than another rivet that will work.

So - I'd be looking for a flasher problem. Any color and two used in this one for hazards by kick panel above it and think near parking brake pedal and directionals you need to stand on your head and look up at column area over brake pedal I think? Round looking things like this....

Low mile old now vehicle and a Mopar at that this is much more likely IMO. Just looked, same part # so you could switch them out if hazards work!

Check that out first before I dig into the selector switch and how to for this. If you do go there and it does require pulling wheel do take note to put wheel back on in EXACT same spot you took it off! Shaft is marked with just a ding for top of straight ahead and do anything with wheel pointing straight ahead first and back on that way last perfectly - other issues can happen if all wrong but for later - check flasher,


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