Avalon 1995-1996

Removal & Installation

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
    CAUTION
    Before servicing components near or affected by the SRS (air bag) system, read and observe all SRS Service Precautions. Refer to Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), in the Chassis Electrical section. Failure to observe all precautions may result in accidental airbag deployment, personal injury, or death.

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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable and wait at least 3 minutes for the SRS memory to drain.
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  5. Remove the steering wheel pad. Refer to Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), Driver-s Air Bag Removal & Installation, in the Chassis Electrical section.
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  7. Remove the steering wheel. Refer to Steering Wheel Removal & Installation.

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    Fig. Steering column components-Column shift



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    Fig. Steering column components-Floor shift

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  9. Remove the upper and lower column covers:
    1. Remove the lower No.2 cover from the lower cover.
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    3. Remove the 3 screws.
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  11. Remove the clip and the cowl side trim and front door inside scuff plate.
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  13. Remove the instrument lower finish panel. Refer to Instrument Panel Removal & Installation in the Body Interior section.
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  15. Remove the 4 panel set bolts, and the lower left-hand insert finish panel.
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  17. Remove the register duct.
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  19. Remove the combination switch with spiral cable:
    1. Disconnect the connectors.
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    3. Disconnect the airbag connector.
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    5. Remove the 3 screws.
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  21. Remove the spiral cable. Do not disassemble the cable or apply oil to it.
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  23. For vehicles equipped with column shift, disconnect the shift control cable:
    1. Using a screwdriver and offset wrench (23 mm), disconnect the shift control cable from shift lever assembly and shift cable bracket.

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      Fig. Disconnect the shift control cable-Column shift

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  25. Disconnect the intermediate shaft:
    1. Place matchmarks on the intermediate shaft and control valve shaft.
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    3. Loosen the upper bolt and remove the lower bolt.

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      Fig. Place matchmarks on the intermediate shaft and control valve shaft, loosen bolt A and remove bolt B

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  27. Remove the upper bolt and remove the intermediate shaft.
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  29. Remove the steering column assembly:
    1. Disconnect the connectors.
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    3. Remove the 4 column assembly set nuts.
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To install:

  1. Install the steering column assembly. Tighten the 4 column assembly set nuts to 19 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
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  3. Connect the connectors.
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  5. Install the intermediate shaft. Temporarily tighten the upper bolt.
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  7. Connect the intermediate shaft:
    1. Align the matchmarks on the intermediate shaft and control valve shaft.
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    3. Tighten the bolts to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
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  9. For vehicles equipped with column shift, connect the shift control cable.
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  11. Install the spiral cable.
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  13. Install the combination switch with spiral cable:
    1. Tighten the 3 screws.
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    3. Connect the airbag connector.
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    5. Connect the connectors.
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  15. Install the register duct.
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  17. Install the lower left-hand insert finish panel.
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  19. Install the instrument lower finish panel.
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  21. Install the cowl side trim and front door inside scuff plate.
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  23. Center the spiral cable:
    1. Check that the front wheels are facing straight ahead.
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    3. Turn the cable counterclockwise by hand until it becomes harder to turn the cable.
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    5. Rotate the cable clockwise about 3 turns to align the red mark. The cable will rotate about 3 turns to either left or right of the center.

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      Fig. Center the spiral cable

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  25. Install the steering wheel.
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  27. Install the steering wheel pad.
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  29. Check the steering wheel center point.
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