REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
On models equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) or "air bag,'' work must NOT be started until at least 90 seconds have passed from the time that both the ignition switch is turned to the LOCK position and the negative cable is disconnected from the battery.
The steering system on any vehicle is assembled with high grade, hardened fasteners. NEVER substitute a fastener of inferior load rating when assembling a suspension component!
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Remove the left side under dash panel and air duct, as necessary. Unplug the combination switch and all other electrical connections attached to the steering column.
- Remove the hole cover screws to gain access to the steering column yoke. Remove the bolt securing the yoke to the steering column shaft.
- Remove the nuts/bolts securing the lower column mounting brackets, then remove the nuts/bolts securing the upper column mounting bracket to the instrument panel.
- Carefully pull the column out to disengage it from the yoke, then remove the column from the car.
- Place the column assembly into position, then install the upper and lower bracket nuts/bolts finger-tight. Make sure the column shaft is engaged in the yoke.
- Torque the upper and lower mounting nuts/bolts to 19 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
- Torque the steering column-to-yoke bolt to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm) on 1984-90 models and 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm) on 1991-94 models.
- Install the hole cover.
- Engage the combination switch and all other electrical connections.
- Install air duct and trim panel, as necessary.
Center the spiral cable on vehicles equipped with air bags as follows:
- Check the the front wheels are in the straight ahead position.
- Remove the steering wheel and combination switch.
- Turn the spiral cable counter-clockwise by hand until it becomes harder to turn the cable.
- Turn the spiral cable clockwise about three turns and align the red mark. The spiral cable will rotate about three turns to either left or right of center.The spiral cable must be centered to prevent air bag component damage and accidental deployment.
- On vehicles equipped with an air bag, check for proper air bag warning lamp operation.