GM S10/S15/Sonoma Pick-Ups 1982-1993 Repair Manual

Steering Wheel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 8

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Position the steering wheel so that it is in the horizontal position and the front wheel are straight.
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  5. If equipped with a horn cap (most late models), pry the cap from the center of the steering wheel. If equipped with a steering wheel shroud (most early models), remove the screw from the rear of the steering wheel and remove the shroud.
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If the horn cap or shroud is equipped with an electrical connector it must be disengaged in order to remove the cap/shroud from the steering column.

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Fig. Fig. 1: On vehicles equipped with a steering wheel shroud, loosen the retainer and remove the shroud



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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the snapring retainer clip from the steering shaft



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Fig. Fig. 3: Once the clip is removed, loosen and remove the wheel retaining nut



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Fig. Fig. 4: Use a suitable threaded puller to loosen the steering wheel from the shaft



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Fig. Fig. 5: Exploded view of a late model steering wheel mounting



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Fig. Fig. 6: If the shroud is equipped with a wiring lead it must be disconnected in order to remove the shroud



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Fig. Fig. 7: When the wheel is removed, be careful not to loosen the horn spring (if equipped)



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Fig. Fig. 8: Steering wheel alignment and installation

  1. Remove the steering wheel-to-steering shaft retainer clip (snapring), then loosen and remove the nut.
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Since the steering column is designed to collapse upon impact, NEVER hammer on it!

  1. Matchmark the relationship of the steering wheel to the steering shaft. Some late model vehicles may already be equipped with one or more alignment marks. If not, make your own using a permanent marker.
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  3. Using a suitable steering wheel puller, such as No. J-1859-03 or equivalent, carefully draw the wheel from the steering column.
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To install:

Before installing the steering wheel, be sure that the turn signal switch is in the Neutral position. DO NOT misalign the steering wheel more than 0.8 in. (20mm) from the horizontal centerline.

  1. Align the matchmarks and carefully fit the wheel onto the steering shaft splines.
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  3. Install the retaining nut and tighten to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
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  5. Install the horn cap or pad.
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  7. Connect the negative battery cable.
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