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Adjust Turn Signal / Steering Wheel

Adjusting the turn signal and centering the steering wheel:

 

After having the steering column apart on my E-type I found my wheel was a little off center. I removed the wheel and centered it but threw off my turn signal adjustment. I could make a left turn and the turn signal arm would cancel out after turning, however, making a right turn would not cancel out. It was annoying so here is what I did to readjust the turn signal on my 1970 series 2 E-type. It only takes about an hour.

 

removing etype wheel, adjusting E type turn signal, centering E-type steering wheel

Important! Your wheels need to be running straight ahead. If your steering wheel was nice and level/straight when you drive down the road, you can put the wheel in that nice straight position and you are all set to disassemble. If your wheels are turned a little it will throw everything off. If your steering wheel is not centered when you drive, you might want to drive it straight into the garage and park it like that. You will center the steering wheel in the last step. Try not to turn it out of place while you disassemble it. See that little screw on the aluminum hub? Remove all 3 of them to take the Jaguar emblem ring off.

 

removing etype wheel, adjusting E type turn signal,centering E-type steering wheel

Inside you will need to remove the lock nut and larger nut. Then the wheel can be pulled off.

 

removing etype wheel, adjusting E type turn signal,centering E-type steering wheel

Once you get the wheel off look for the half moon rings and remove them

 

removing etype wheel, adjusting E type turn signal,centering E-type steering wheel

Remove the lock ring and pull off the black adjusting hub.

 

removing etype wheel, adjusting E type turn signal,centering E-type steering wheel

Here is what you will be looking at

 

removing etype wheel, adjusting E type turn signal,centering E-type steering wheel

Pull the right side of the turn signal cover off to the right and the spring clips will disengage allowing it to pop loose.

 

removing etype wheel, adjusting E type turn signal,centering E-type steering wheel

Remove the 2 screws on the right side to take off the other half of the turn signal cover.

 

removing etype wheel, adjusting E type turn signal,centering E-type steering wheel

Take a look at the white plastic ring. Look for a small “tab” sticking out. In this photo its even with the lower “finger” that cancels the turn signal. It should be in between the upper and lower “fingers”, right in the middle where the metal tab is.

 

removing etype wheel, adjusting E type turn signal,centering E-type steering wheel

This photo shows it better. There are two small bolts that hold the white plastic ring in place. Loosen them, turn the ring until the tab is centered and then tighten back up. You can see the turn signal tab in this photo right in the center of the metal tab.

 

You might want to look and see if the white plastic ring is broken or cracked. You may be able to disassemble a little more, pull the ring out and reinforce/glue back together any problems with 5-minute epoxy or JB QuickWeld.

Then do all these steps in reverse to put back together.

The steering column (if you didn’t move it) should be in the straight ahead position so you can put the wheel back on nice and level/straight and you’re all set.

Before you tighten up the steering wheel nut all the way, take it out for a test drive and make sure you got it centered and the wheel straight.

 

 

 

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