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Nissan Turn Signal & Wiper Switch Replacement Guide

This guide provides instructions on how to replace the combination switch on Nissan vehicles.

Nissan combination switch has multiple switches, including the turn signal switch, headlight switch, low/high beam stalk, and wiper switch.

Nissan Turn Signal & Wiper Switch Replacement Guide
ESTIMATED TIME 2 hr- 3 hr
DIY COST $100-$240
DIFFICULTY Intermediate

The video clips in this tutorial were recorded with a 2017 Nissan Quest. These instructions should help owners of Nissan Versa, Altima, Maxima, Rogue, Murano, Titan as well.

Symptoms

If the combination switch fails on your Nissan, you will notice one or more of the following problems.

  • Nissan Turn Signals don't work
  • Wiper does not work
  • Turn signal does not cancel
  • Low or High stalk does not work

What you will need

Procedure

  1. Park the Nissan and set the parking brake. Remove the key from the ignition of your Nissan.
  2. Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery terminal.
  3. Remove Torx bolts on the side of the steering wheel. You will need to use a secure Torx bit with a hole in the center. 
  4. Unplug the wires from the back of the driver's airbag. Watch the video on how to remove the Nissan airbag. 
  5. Remove the center bolt that secures the Nissan steering wheel to the steering column. Mark the steering wheel and column before you remove the steering wheel. Remove steering wheel and spiral calbe on Nissan Quest Altima Maxima Rouge Murano Titan
  6. Unplug the steering wheel button wire harness. Watch the video on how to remove the Nissan steering wheel. 
  7. Remove the plastic trim. Watch the video on how to perform this step. 
  8. Next, you need to remove the clock spring, which is held in place with several screws. Replace the clock spring if your Nissan horn does not work
  9. Unplug the wires from the clock spring. 
  10. In this case, the clock spring and Nissan steering angle sensor are integrated together. 
  11. Remove the Nissan Quest, Altima, Maxima, Rogue, Murano, or Titan combination switch, which has the turn signal and wiper stack in it. 
  12. Install the new Nissan spiral cable/clock spring. The clock spring needs to be installed in the neutral position. Don't wind it up to the left or right. The clock spring has a limited number of turns. If you turn it all the way to one side, the ribbon can't take more steering wheel turns, or it may get damaged shortly after installation. 
  13. Watch the video on how to install a Nissan clock spring/spiral cable/steering angle sensor. Nissan combination switch turn signal wiper
  14. Install the Nissan steering column cover. 
  15. Install the plastic cover before you install the steering wheel. 
  16. Install the steering wheel and torque the center bolt to 35Nm. 
  17. Install the airbag. Connect the steering wheel and airbag wires. Torque the bolts that secure the airbag to approximately 8-10Nm. 
  18. Rember to reconnect the negative battery terminal. Ensure the airbag light is off. Test the horn and the steering wheel button operation.

 

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Notes

Safety Tips

Auto Repair Safety Notes

 

Airbag Removal Tips & Warnings


  • Always disconnect the battery terminals, press the horn twice then wait at least 10 minutes before working on airbags. 
  • Don't Probe The Airbag With Your Multi-Meter
  • Always handle airbags with care. Do not drop an airbag. 
  • Many airbags are designed to destroy the protective covers they’re concealed in, such as plastic A-pillar or B-pillar trim, seat bolsters, passenger dashboard covers, pillar or B-pillar trim, seat bolsters, passenger dashboard covers, pillar trim, seat bolsters, passenger dashboard covers, etc. 
  • Airbags deploy with significant force and can not only damage peripheral and supporting parts, but the damage may not be apparent. This can include electronics, collapsible steering columns, ignition and brake interlocks, instruments, glass and more.
  • Airbag sensors, which trigger the deployment, are often single-use designs, using a sliding, inertia-driven ball and a membrane. Once activated, these sensors will need replacement too to operate in case of another accident.
  • Accidents that are serious enough to activate the airbags will often trigger the active restraints. That means that the seat belts will also need to be inspected and possibly replaced. Many vehicle restraints use a small explosive charge to tighten the belt by a few inches in an accident. Once that retractor is activated, it must be replaced.