The problem is the housing for the turn signal is loose. I have search some exploder diagrams and some show a "locking ring" and some do not. On the assembly diagram of the column it will show one, but then another exploder diagram of the steering wheel, turn signal assembly, horn assembly it does not show that part. The part number is 3713031 on the column diagram.
My questions are: 1. Anyone have an idea of what I am describing? 2. If the pic is correct of the locking ring. I assume the locking ring fits in the assembly, but then how does the assembly cover attached to the ring so that the cover doesnt move?
There should be 3 screws holding the turn signal mech to the housing. I need to look at my manual to describe the step and nomenclature. Does the external housing (piece that surrounds the shaft) rotate? I will look at my book this pm. Or take to turn signal handle off and then the turn signal screws and look and work the turn signal out a bit. See what you have.
Turn signal housing can be adjusted if that is what has too much free play. (?). If that is the problem, there is a screw to loosen and a twist of the housing. Picture shows your 3 holed ring. I dont have a nomenclature or description.
The upper part of the outer tube is slotted. The plate turns to stop inside the tube which locks the tube in place. It is secured with the 3 screws through the TS switch & collar which holds the entire upper column together. If one or more of the lock rings are broken off the tube the retainer does not hold it in place.
So upon further discovery, It seems the mast housing of the steering column has tabs that are broken off. I tried to get a picture of what I am talking about. In the pic, there are 2 tabs on the metal shroud incasing the whole column. The one I am pointing the screwdriver too and one just south of that on the metal shroud. These missing tabs are how the turn assembly housing is locked into place on the column. I do not see anyplace where a locking plate would be nor help.
My question- Being I have looked in the assembly manual, I do not see this column. I am wondering if this is the original steering column for the truck. If it isnt, Any idea of what it might be?
It all comes apart down to individual pieces. I recently rebuilt a 3 speed column and replaced that tube. However, I'm not sure where you can obtain a good tube without buying another column. It may be possible to fabricate the broken tabs and have them welded in place. The one I replaced had one tab broken off, perhaps it could be useful. Fred