H3 2006

Removal & Installation

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CAUTION
Once the steering column is removed from the vehicle, the column is extremely susceptible to damage. Dropping the column assembly on the 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 columns collapsible design. Do NOT hammer on the end of the shaft, because hammering could loosen the plastic injections, which maintain column rigidity. If you need to remove the steering wheel, refer to the Steering Wheel Replacement procedure in this section.


NOTE
With wheels of the vehicle facing straight ahead, secure the steering wheel utilizing steering column anti-rotation pin, steering column lock, or a strap to prevent rotation. Locking of the steering column will prevent damage and a possible malfunction of the SIR system. The steering wheel must be secured in position before disconnecting the following components:



The steering column
 
The intermediate shaft(s)
 
The steering gear
 

After disconnecting these components, do not rotate the steering wheel or move the front tires and wheels. Failure to follow this procedure may cause the SIR coil assembly to become un-centered and cause possible damage to the SIR coil. If you think the SIR coil has became un-centered, refer to your specific SIR coil-s centering procedure to re-center SIR Coil.

  1. Disable the Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) System.
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  3. Lock the steering column through the access hole in the lower steering column trim cover using anti-rotation pin J 42640.

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    Fig. Use the J 42640 in order to lock the steering column

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  5. Remove the driver knee bolster bracket.
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  7. Remove the upper intermediate steering shaft bolt at the steering column.

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    Fig. Remove the upper intermediate steering shaft bolt at the steering column

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  9. Disconnect any electrical connectors as needed.
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  11. Remove the steering column bolts.

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    Fig. Remove the steering column bolts

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  13. Remove the steering column from the vehicle.
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  15. Transfer any parts as needed.
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To install:

  1. Install the steering column to the vehicle.
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  3. Perform the following procedure before installing the steering column bolts:
    1. Remove all traces of the original adhesive patch.
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    3. Clean the threads of each bolt with denatured alcohol, or equivalent, and allow to dry.
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    5. Apply threadlocker GM P/N 12345493 (Canadian P/N 10953488).
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  5. Install the steering column bolts. Tighten the bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
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  7. Perform the following procedure before installing the upper intermediate steering shaft bolt:
    1. Remove all traces of the original adhesive patch.
    2.  
    3. Clean the threads of the bolt with denatured alcohol, or equivalent, and allow to dry.
    4.  
    5. Apply threadlocker GM P/N 12345493 (Canadian P/N 10953488) or blue, medium LOCTITE-.
    6.  

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  9. Install the upper intermediate steering shaft bolt. Tighten the bolt to 46 ft. lbs. (62 Nm).
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  11. Connect any electrical connectors as needed.
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  13. Install the driver knee bolster bracket.
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  15. Remove anti-rotation pin J 42640.
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  17. Enable the SIR system.
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