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Gear Selector Switch Wiring

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07 Sep 2020 08:49 #40885 by Terry Cockerell
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You can remove the steering column cover tube from the car.
You must first slide the ten wires up through the steering column cover tube and solder the new switch in position. Run your tests with the column out of the car. Eventually when installing the cover tube complete with wiring make sure the inside grommet is in position. Pass the wiring through the firewall then slide the cover tube down the steering column. To refit the engine side grommet you will have to cut it radially as it won't fit over the wires coming out at the bottom of the cover tube. Place the grommet in position and superglue the cut joint. This procedure worked for me.

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07 Sep 2020 11:56 #40886 by alsancle
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Thanks. I was hoping I could use a fish tape to pull the wires back, but from reading your reply it looks like the column tube needs to come out to get the wires back down?

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07 Sep 2020 23:12 #40896 by JIM.OBRIEN
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If you are using the one piece wiring harness(which I highly recommend) you need to feed the wires up from the bottom of the steering column tube. When you feed them up the column lay them out in order they need to go into the shift housing so you don't have the wires twisting up in the shift housing.

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13 Sep 2020 13:24 #40948 by alsancle
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Jim, is it possible to feed the harness down from the top? That would allow me to temporarily connect and test the selection switch inside the arm before assembling.

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14 Sep 2020 00:31 - 14 Sep 2020 00:32 #40957 by Terry Cockerell
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NO, the cotton covering of the loom makes it too big to pass through from the top. You have to pass the separate wires up from the bottom.
Make sure you have the inside grommet fitted to the column tube as shown in the attached picture.


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14 Sep 2020 14:49 #40959 by JIM.OBRIEN
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Terry is correct you have to feed the wires from the bottom of the steering column. You want to sort them out first so when they come out on top they feed directly into the shift arm housing and the switch. I'll post the order of the wires later, all my notes are in the shop.

Originally there was a cardboard "washer" the wires ran thru that was located at the base of the shift arm (at the steering column). Your best bet is to pull in two or three wires at a time. I always use a string to pull in the wires and ALWAYS have a spare pull string in the column.
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