Chrysler Concorde/Intrepid/LHS/New Yorker/Vision 1993-1997

Steering Column

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



The Saginaw steering column has been designed to be serviced as an assembly, less wiring, switches, shifter assembly ignition park interlock, shrouds and steering wheel. Note that most steering column components can be serviced without removing the steering column from the vehicle. If the vehicle is equipped with a floor shifter and center console, the center console will have to be removed before proceeding with the steering column removal.

  1. Straighten the front wheels the position the steering wheel upside down and lock steering column. This is to ensure that no damage occurs to the air bag clock spring electrical connector assembly when the steering column is removed from the vehicle. If the steering column is not locked prior to its removal, damage to the clockspring assembly will occur.
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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable and isolate the cable from the battery by wrapping the cable end with quality electrical tape. Disable the air bag system.
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  5. Remove the speed control switches from the side of the steering wheel. If the vehicle is not equipped with speed control, remove the side covers from the steering wheel.
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  7. Remove the two screws that attach air bag to the steering wheel, disconnect the wiring and remove the air bag assembly.
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  1. Remove the steering wheel retaining nut and the steering wheel using a steering wheel puller tool. Do not strike the steering column shaft to remove the steering wheel.
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  3. Remove the instrument panel left and right end covers.
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  5. Remove the two air bag fuses from fuse panel.
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  7. Remove the trim panels from the left and right lower cowl area.
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  9. Remove the ash tray and lower knee bolster panel.
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  11. Remove the center instrument panel cover.
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  13. Remove the radio and heater/AC control assemblies from the dash.
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  15. Remove the center upper air outlet assembly. Outlet bezel is removed by prying right side of air duct from dash panel first. If equipped with traction control, remove the switch.
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  17. Remove the lower knee bolster panel from the upper instrument panel and disconnect wiring from lighter.
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  19. Remove the two ash tray receiver mounting screws and remove the receiver.
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  21. Open glove box door and pushing sides to allow glove door to fully open, remove six bolster panel mounting screws.
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  23. Carefully remove the complete lower dash panel. Be sure to disconnect wiring and remove from passengers side of vehicle.
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  25. Remove the two under steering column heat and A/C ducts.
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  27. Tilt the steering column to the full up position and remove the 3 shroud-to-shroud attaching screws.
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  29. Tilt steering column to the full down position. Remove the upper shroud.
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  31. Tilt steering column to the full up position. Remove the tilt lever and the three mounting screws to the lower shroud and remove the shroud.
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  33. If equipped with column shifter, remove the shift cable assembly by prying shift cable from attaching pin. Disconnect the cable retaining clip and remove the cable.
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  1. If equipped with floor shifter, turn the ignition key to the run position and depress tab to remove the floor shifter interlock cable from steering column socket.
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  3. Remove the steering column coupler bolt pin and bolt. Loosen but do not remove the two bolts that attach steering column to bracket assembly.
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  5. Support steering column and remove mounting bolts and bracket assembly. Lay column on floor of vehicle.
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  7. Remove the wiring harness connectors and remove the complete steering column from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Ensure that the ground clip is installed on the left capsule slot of the steering column upper mounting bracket. Before installing the steering column, the plastic capsules should be pre-assembled in the bracket slots.
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  3. Position the steering column assembly on the floor of vehicle and reconnect wiring. Be sure to position wiring through proper clips.
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Yellow color connectors are for the air bag, use care to ensure proper connections.

  1. Position steering column onto mounting bolts while aligning coupler to shaft.
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  3. Ensure that coupler is fully seated and tighten upper mounting bolts to 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm). Install coupler bolt and tighten to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm). Install retaining pin into the coupler bolt.
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  5. If equipped with floor shifter, turn the ignition key to the run position and insert interlock cable into steering column socket. Be sure interlock cable is fully engaged with socket.
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If vehicle being serviced is equipped with a column shifter, a new interlock cassette must be installed.

  1. If vehicle being serviced is equipped with a column shifter, route shift cable through support bracket and attach to shift mechanism. Adjust the interlock cassette by pushing in the adjustment tab until it stops. The tab will click as it moves into position ensuring that it is fully depressed.
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  3. Install upper and lower steering column shrouds.
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  5. Install ventilation duct work and secure.
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  7. Install the lower dash panel and feed wiring through center console.
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  9. Install wiring connectors to glove box light and trunk release.
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  11. Install lower knee panels and secure with mounting screws.
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  13. Install and secure ash tray receiver. Install screw attaching center of lower knee bolster panel to upper instrument panel.
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  15. Reconnect wiring to ash tray lighter and lamp.
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  17. Install center upper air outlet and connect traction control switch.
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  19. Install radio and heater/AC controls, be sure to reconnect wiring.
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  21. Install center instrument panel cover and install ash tray.
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  23. Position the steering wheel upside down and lock steering column.
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  25. Install the two air bag fuses to fuse panel.
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  27. Install the instrument panel left and right end covers.
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  29. Install the steering wheel assembly and tighten retaining nut to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
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  31. Reconnect the air bag assembly, reconnect wiring and install retaining screws. Be careful not to pinch any air bag system wiring. Install air bag module retaining screws on each side of the steering wheel.
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  33. Install speed control switches or side covers to each side of the steering wheel.
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  35. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  37. Check the operation of all steering column operated components for proper operation. Road test the vehicle to ensure proper steering column operation and speed control operation, if equipped.
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