Once the steering column is removed from the car, the column is extremely susceptible to damage. Dropping the column assembly on its end could collapse the steering shaft or loosen the plastic injections which maintain column rigidity. Leaning on the column assembly could cause the jacket to bend or deform. Any of the above damage could impair the column's collapsible design. If it is necessary to remove the steering wheel, use a standard wheel puller. Under no condition should the end of the shaft be hammered upon, as hammering could loosen the plastic injection.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
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- If your vehicle is equipped with the SIR system, follow the instructions in Chassis Electrical to disable the system before proceeding.
- Remove the left instrument panel sound insulator. Next remove the left instrument trim pad and steering column trim collar.
- If column repairs are to be made, remove the steering wheel.
- Remove the steering column to intermediate shaft connection.
- Remove the deflector and bracket.
- Disconnect the shift indicator cable.
- Disconnect all wiring harness connectors. Remove the dust boot mounting screws and column mounting bracket bolts.
- Lower the column to clear the mounting bracket and carefully remove from the car.
If a service replacement steering column is being installed, do not remove the anti-rotation pin until after the steering column has been connected to the steering gear. Removing the anti-rotation pin before the steering column is connected to the steering gear could damage the SIR coil assembly.
- Install the column into the vehicle and raise it into the mounting bracket.
- Attach the shift cable to the actuator and housing holder.
- Loosely install the column mounting bolts and all wiring harness connectors.
- Attach the shift indicator cable, along with the deflector and brackets.
- Connect the intermediate shaft to the steering column upper shaft pinch bolt. On SIR systems, tighten the steering column bolts to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm), steering column lower support nut to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm), steering column upper support stud to 21 ft. lbs. (29 Nm) and the intermediate shaft bolt to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm). On non-SIR systems, tighten the support bolts to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm), and the upper pinch bolts to 34 ft. lbs. (46 Nm).
- Inspect the shift indicator adjustment.
- Install the anti-rotation pin, if a service replacement steering column is being installed.
- Install the steering wheel. Attach the steering column trim collar and the left instrument panel trim pad.
- Replace the left sound insulator.
- Enable the SIR system, then connect the negative battery cable.