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Gear Selector Switch Wiring

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22 Jul 2020 22:50 #40585 by uconn_1965
Replied by uconn_1965 on topic Gear Selector Switch Wiring
The switch is held in with snap ring. Also the shift body only comes out one way. ( side towards 10 wires)
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22 Jul 2020 23:56 #40588 by JIM.OBRIEN
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A couple of points on this thread - Terry, the switch you have there is an aftermarket switch - very different from the original but functions the same.
AJ - the housing has a keyway cut in it and the switch has a square on it so it will only go in one way.

The original snap ring was just a circular piece. This makes it hard to get out. There are updated ones out there that have a ring on the one end that makes it easy to grab and remove the snap ring.

My next article for the Newsletter will be on this subject. Will also include testing the switch to make sure it will work in the car.
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23 Jul 2020 21:01 #40594 by alsancle
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Thank you! Any idea who might have the updated snap rings?

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23 Jul 2020 22:42 #40595 by alsancle
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Ok, so examining the snap ring (see picture) I have no idea how to compress that. Any suggestions?

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24 Jul 2020 00:35 - 24 Jul 2020 00:38 #40596 by 1748 S
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nOT ABLE TO SUGGEST A WAY TO REMOVE THE SNAP RING BUT i'M TOLD ITS very DIFFICULT. i BET A SPECIAL TOOL IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE MADE. i NOTICED THE SWITCH APPEARS TO HAVE WLWCTRICAL TAPE WRAPPED AROUND IT. bE SURE TO WRAP THIS AGAIN OR USE SOME SHRINK WRAP IN THE EXPOSED CONDUCTOR AREA. tHEY GET REALLY CLOSE TO THE HOUSING AND A SHORT IS NOT SOMETHING YOU WANT IN THIS AREA.


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Last edit: 24 Jul 2020 00:38 by 1748 S. Reason: Sorry for the above post. Wife left computer on caps and I did not notice. I two finger type watching the keyboard

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24 Jul 2020 01:20 #40597 by JIM.OBRIEN
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Hi Al, If you look closely at the housing there is a notch (like a keyway) in the housing . This area allows you to get behind the snap ring and pry it out. If you are lucky the end of the snap ring is near the notch. I use a long thin screwdriver to get behind the snap ring and pry it out of the groove. At the same time I use a O-ring tool or a dental pick to grab the snap ring and pull it out.

If the end of the snap ring is not near the notch try and a use the screwdriver to move it around so it is near the notch.

This is one job I would rather be lucky then good. I have had this job take me as long as 4 hours to get the ring out. I've done it enough lately I can get it out in less then 5 mins.

If you are having problems call me
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