The steering column includes three important features in addition to the steering function:
Use care when working around the steering column. Disable the SIR (air bag) system before working on or around the steering wheel and column. Please see for the procedure. Do not hammer on the steering column for any reason. The plastic fasteners which maintain column rigidity can be sheared or loosened by using an improper steering wheel puller, striking sharply on the end of the steering shaft, or, if the column has been removed, dropping the column or handling it roughly.