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    1. Junior Member shawkur16v's Avatar
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      09-30-2012 07:20 PM #1
      Having issues with my turn signals so I took off the switch and its pretty grimy. Does anyone know how to take it apart and clean it?

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      10-01-2012 03:02 AM #2
      Undo the center nut and remove the steering wheel.

      Then remove the 2 screws holding the steering column cowling, and carefully unclip and remove that. If yours has all it's tabs and clips un broken, count yourself lucky!

      Then there are 3 machine screws running parallel to the column that hold the turn signal and wiper stalks to the ign switch housing.

      Once undone, you can pull away and remove the various plugs off the back and take off both stalks as one unit.

      The 2 stalks are clipped together, but are easily separated, there's just 1 clip, easily identified.

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      10-01-2012 12:07 PM #3
      Clean the reed switches with fine emery cloth...do not use nasty solvents like carb or brake cleaner.
      Blow out with air.
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      10-01-2012 03:48 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by polov8 View Post
      Undo the center nut and remove the steering wheel.

      Then remove the 2 screws holding the steering column cowling, and carefully unclip and remove that. If yours has all it's tabs and clips un broken, count yourself lucky!

      Then there are 3 machine screws running parallel to the column that hold the turn signal and wiper stalks to the ign switch housing.

      Once undone, you can pull away and remove the various plugs off the back and take off both stalks as one unit.

      The 2 stalks are clipped together, but are easily separated, there's just 1 clip, easily identified.
      I actually have it off already. I want to know if it can be disassembled further.

      Quote Originally Posted by sciroccohal View Post
      Clean the reed switches with fine emery cloth...
      Blow out with air.
      What are the reeds?

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      10-02-2012 10:26 AM #5
      They look like little leafs with anvils on them...just like points in a distributor.

      simple observation would tell you what the switches look like.
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      10-04-2012 12:29 AM #6
      So I cleaned all the built up gunk off all of the contact points with rubbing alcohol and dried it with air. Then I cleaned all the plastic on the outside. Unfortunately I am still having the same problem so I will have to buy a new switch from GAP.

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      10-04-2012 10:09 PM #7
      Before you do that....
      What, exactly, is the issue with the car?

      Most turn signal problems in 'older' VWs are caused by something that's not the turn signal switch (those are quite robust.)
      Hazard switches, for example, are a common failure point - and, will usually kill the turn signals when they crap out.
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      10-01-2012 12:14 PM #8
      I can see that those stalk switches are pretty cheap (less than $10-$15) and available online for an '88. I would just get a new one. Check the connectors closely for bare wires when you disassemble it.

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