Jeep CJ 1945-1970 Repair Information

Steering Column

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the column cover plate at the floorboards.
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  5. On early CJ-2A and CJ-3A with remote control, remove the two screws attaching the remote control housing to the steering column.
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  7. On later models, remove the column-to-dash lower bezel.
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  9. Remove the column-to-dash bracket and lower the column.
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Later models have breakaway capsules in the bracket. Remove the bracket and put it in a safe place to avoid damage to the capsules.

  1. Disconnect any wiring attached to column components.
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  3. Remove the steering column-to-gear shaft coupling and pull the column out of the Jeep.
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  5. On models with energy absorbing columns, it is extremely important that only specified fasteners be used. Fasteners which are not of the exact length or hardness may impair the energy absorbing action of the column. Bolts securing the column mounting bracket to the dash must be tightened exactly.
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  7. Connect the column to the gear shaft and tighten the coupling pinch bolt to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
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  9. Connect all wiring.
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  11. Install the toe plates, but do not fully tighten the fasteners.
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  13. Install the bracket on the column and tighten the bolts to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
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  15. Align the bracket and dash and loosely install the mounting bolts.
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  17. While applying a constant upward pressure on the column, tighten the bracket-to-dash bolts to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
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  19. Tighten the toe plate bolts to 121 inch lbs. (13.6 Nm).
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  21. Install the bezel.
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  23. Connect the transmission linkage and check its operation.
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