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  1. 88 escort GT

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    Im replacing the dimmer switch in my 88 EGT. Does anyone know how to remove the wiper/turn signal handle from the dimmer switch for this year and model? Thanks.
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    long chisel and a hammer tapping slowly and pray yes you must pray to god or drill it out. but good luck.
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    Thanks. Ideas from any one else? Thanks.
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    Maybe the EGT was different than the standard Escort but on the standard '88 Escort if I recall correctly there were torx type security screws with the pin in the middle. You just had to have the correct bit to remove them. I replaced the switch on my '88 Pony several times over the years that I drove it.
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    I’ve taken the screws out and have the dimmer switch out of the car. Now I’m needing to remove the wiper/turn lever that’s attached to it so that I can put it on the new dimmer. Thanks.

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    That's a different set up from the standard Escort. The standard Escort had a separate wiper switch on the opposite side of the steering column. Lever may just be held in place with an epoxy or glue. I know I had a turn signal lever come out of the switch of the Pony one time. I'm thinking I just used super glue to reinstall it into the switch. If there's anywhere to put a wrench or vice grips on it without doing damage you might be able to twist it and break loose whatever is holding it. This is provided the lever has a round end on it like my Pony had.
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    I’m hoping there’s some sort of release or something that I’m not aware of. I hate to force anything as I may break something.
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    I ended up having to cut it out of my old one.
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    The handle just pulls straight out of the switch assembly. Takes some force. Best to do it with the switch still installed in the column. You literally just yank on it. The handle rod is steel and the switch is plastic so don't worry about breaking the handle. If you have tilt wheel and wiper controls on the turn signal stalk you gotta be more careful with it
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    You are right, I should’ve left it connected to the column and yanked hard.
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