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Buick Grand National Turn Signal Stalk Replacement (Project Blackout)

There’s several different versions of the turn signal stalk, depending on if you have cruise control, delay wipers, or not.

[we have all of those options in this 1987 Buick Grand National]

Regardless, all of these units have a chrome base with a black head on them from the factory.

The Blackout Series we’ve been posting lately is all about changing chrome parts over to black pieces.

This one is next up on the list.

We bought this item off ebay for under $25 shipped.

[this is kind of a generic GM part, which was used in many different vehicles]

[note that the new part we got is slightly longer than the OEM version, by about 1/2″ – not an issue, but worth stating the fact]

The job may or may not be difficult for you, some people have a hard time, some easier. Expect 30 minutes at a minimum.

The hardest part is fishing out the old cruise control wire, and snaking down the new one.

We’re showing you a diagram of how this process is done below.

If you break the old wire (like we did) somewhere in the steering column (like it gets snagged inside along the way up), you’ll have a tough time pushing the new wire down thru the column.

We heard people say use a metal coat hanger, starting from the bottom and thread it up to the outlet hole.

Others said take the steering wheel off, and the inner plate underneath that, and you may be able to get the wire through.

Then some said just cut the old wire at the switch, and attach the new wire to it (that’s realistically the easiest way to do it).

We gave up and just run the wire down the bottom side of the steering column.
Not exactly the right way to do it, but it works (when you don’t have a choice), and you really can’t see it unless you’re specifically looking for it.

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