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How to Replace Combination Switch 08-12 Ford Escape

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How to Replace Combination Switch 08-12 Ford Escape

Created on: 2019-05-01

Learn how to replace the combination switch on your 08-12 Ford Escape in this 1A Auto video. This switch controls wipers, turn signals, high beams, and hazards

  1. step 1 :Removing the Combination Switch
    • Remove the dash panel below the steering column by pulling it out to disengage the locking clips
    • Remove the three 5.5 mm screws from the underside of the steering column
    • Move the steering height adjuster arm down out of the way
    • Separate the top and bottom halves of the steering column panel by pulling them apart to disengage the locking tabs
    • Remove the two T20 Torx screws securing the combination switch to the steering column
    • Disconnect the combination switch electrical connector
  2. step 2 :Installing the Combination Switch
    • Reconnect the combination switch electrical connector
    • Install the combination switch with the two T20 Torx screws
    • Replace the lower steering column panel
    • Replace the upper steering column panel and press the two together to lock them in place
    • Replace the three 5.5 mm screws
    • Replace the lower dash panel by setting the hinging tabs in place and then pressing the locking tabs in place

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Sockets - Metric

    5.5mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T20 Driver

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What's up, guys? I'm Andy from 1A Auto. In this video I'm going to show you how to replace the multifunction switch on this 2012 Ford Escape. If you need parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to

We're going to grab this panel. I'm just going to pull this out. Slide it forward. There's going to be clips holding it on. Just like that, so there's these two clips and then this slides out. There's a clip right there. This one came off. It's still in there. Pull that out, just like that. Install that there. And there's some screws in here.

I'm going to use a 5.5 millimeter socket and an extension. There's two right here. There should be one right here, but it's missing in this vehicle. So, we'll take this out with a ratchet. Slide this adjuster down so it's out of the way. Then just grab this panel. This is going to separate from the top panel. Just slide it up. Pull that panel up. And just slide that panel out. So now I'm going to remove these two screws here. I'm going to use T20, extension and a ratchet. I can just grab this switch, slide it out. Disconnect the connector right here, and just push down on the lock button. Slide that out.

All right. We're going to plug in the connector. Slide that in. Slide it back in position. All right. That's good. Take the screws. I'm just going to get them started. And then get the lower one started. Then use the T20, extension, and the ratchet, and we'll tighten them down--not too tight. It is in plastic, so just snug. That's it. That's good.

All right. I'm going to slide the lower column on first. You're going to go around that bracket to the handle. It's a little bit tricky to get that lined up. Then make sure you go around the ignition cylinder on the other side. That looks good. Take the upper cover and slide this in position. It's going to line up and just lock in place.

I'm going to take my 5.5 socket and then the screws, and get these two started. If you have that third one, get that third one in. You might have to wiggle this around to get it lined up. You take the ratchet and snug them down, not too tight. It is in plastic. We'll install this lower cover, just slide these two tabs in the bottom first, just like that. Then, line it up, lock it in place.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 5.5mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T20 Driver

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