If the trafficator harness has already been replaced at some time, the
problem is most likely where the 4 wires have to splay out and connect to
the 4 screws/terminals inside the switch assembly. Because the replacement
harness has somewhat larger eye terminals at the ends, they tend to cause
the wires to do a very sharp 90 degree bend to go down the tube. The tight
90 degree bending of the wires plus if the rubber insulation at the end of
the wire/eye terminal is a bit short, causes some bare wire to be exposed
and can make contact with the base plate or tube.
The bending of the tab to rotate the base plate....sounds like you're
looking at the wrong tab. The tab you need to bend is at the outer
circumference of the flat thin disc that has the 3 cutouts to line up with
the 3 screw holes. Just ease up on the little tab enough to be able to
rotate the flat disc around. Suddenly the 3 screw heads will come into view.
----- Original Message -----
To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, August 05, 2006 5:15 PM
Subject: Trafficator disassambly
> Hi, Listers,
> I'm in the final throws of solving my "mystery horn" blowing. It is
> internal to the trafficator and its harness. The trafficator and stator
> are out of the car, and I'd like to disassemble the unit. I have an old
> email from email@example.com, and one from firstname.lastname@example.org. Both talk
> of "bending" the tab on the bottom locating plate of the trafficator to
> allow rotating the base mounting plate for access to the securing screws.
> Steve cautions "don't actually bend it. You can pry it up out of it's
> "slot" enough to rotate the plate." Wow! The tab on mine sticks through
> the base mounting plate by 5/16in. Does the base mounting plate actually
> bend to allow the tab to come out and can I bend it back after for
> I've gone through diagnostics of all of the wires up to the strg.
> column. I've also checked the air horn system and can't find a fault. I
> can't imagine what in the trafficator/harness is sensitive to brake
> applications/decelleration, but hopefully I'll find it! Thanks in advance,
> I'm contemplating disconnecting it and shouting loudly!
> PANDORA has treated me well until the trip to conclave and I don't
> remember opening any box, either.
> DON BJ8 Pandora