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The PO broke the hazard switch. Do I need to go through the column? Is there an easy way? Dont want to send to a Garage, 100.00 to "Diagnose"! 8)
 

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I only know about 2nd generation Escorts - but its not too hard to get to it. You have to remove the 'clamshell' around the column. This involves 3 or 4 screws you remove from the bottom, then can usually pull the clamshell halves off. It may be necessary to lower the column to get the upper one back on, I cant recall. If so, there are 4 bolts (12mm socket) holding the column up, visible by looking up from a below it.
then you are looking at the 'multifunction switch'. Its available as a single item, but is made up of at least 3 assemblies, one of which is the hazard switch. It may be necessary to pull the steering wheel - I was harvesting parts from an Escort whose steering wheel was already pulled off. I was then able to un-connect the several connectors on the sides of the column, and remove the complete 'multi-function switch'. I was able to see that a single screw held the hazard sw. in place, along with the other side of that sw. being a plastic tab that I could wiggle out.
Be very careful, the multifunction switch is maybe $250 for a 94, and about $350 for an earlier - like a 91-92 Escort. (the wiper function changed during those years, so a different multifunction switch).
 

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Aso be gentle when putting the top half of the clamshell back over the top of the column - its easy to snag the hazard switch and break it. That may be easier if you have lowered the steering column.
I make it a point to use only my fingertips to operate the turn signal lever, wiper switch, etc. ... Because having seen how spindly the guts of the expensive multifunction-switch are - I definitely can see them getting broken if I yanked the levers too hard.
The prices I found at www.rockauto.com.
 
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