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re: high cost high beams

>From: immike@ix.netcom.com (michael mueller )
>Date: Sat, 25 May 1996 09:36:32 -0700
>Subject: high cost high beams-& idle prob. fixed
>On my 88 90 Q. sedan my high beams keep coming on  when I have my
>headlights on. It seems that the spring [?] inside the steering column
>is weak . Any way to fix it , the dealer wants 285. just for the
>parts. Also about a month ago I posted a prob. with the idle and
>starting of same car.{car would only start sometimes with starting
>fluid and die at lights } well it turns out to a vacume leak. I fixed
>it and it runs great.

The "spring" is internal to a switch pod which includes all four 
stalks (turn, lights, wipers and hazards).  It (the pod, don't know 
if it is possible to fix the "spring") is not very difficult 
to replace.  Remove the steering wheel, find the hidden screw(s?) below 
the steering column, losen, remove cover, slide pod off.  Time is 
maybe an hour.  Oh yeah, mark the alignment of the steering wheel 
_before_ you remove it.

Check the archives for dealers (I think it is dealer only) who will 
sell you the switch pod - should be about $110 -$130, as I remember.  

A. D. Morris
Phoenix, AZ
1988 90Q