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    Chrysler Full-Size Trucks 1989-1996 Repair Guide

    Steering Column

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    REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



    1989-93 Models
    1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
    2.  
    3. On trucks with a column shift, disconnect the link rod by prying the rod out of the grommet in the shift lever.
    4.  
    5. Remove the lower coupling roll pin.
    6.  
    7. Disconnect the wiring at the column.
    8.  
    9. Remove the steering wheel.
    10.  
    11. Remove the turn signal lever.
    12.  
    13. Remove the floor plate screws.
    14.  
    15. Remove the instrument panel lower reinforcement.
    16.  
    17. Disconnect the selector cable from the bracket on the column.
    18.  
    19. Remove the column bracket-to-instrument panel nuts.
    20.  
    21. Carefully remove the coupling from the wormshaft and lift the column out of the truck.
    22.  

    To install:
    1. Install a new shift grommet from the rod side of the lever using pliers and a backup washer to snap the grommet into place. Coating the grommet with multi-purpose grease will aid in installation. A new grommet should be used whenever a rod is disconnected from the lever.
    2.  
    3. Position the column in the truck.
    4.  
    5. With the front wheels straight-ahead and the master splines on the wormshaft and coupling aligned, engage the coupling and wormshaft and install the roll pin.
    6.  


    WARNING
    Never force the shaft down into position!

    1. Install, but don't tighten, the bracket nuts.
    2.  
    3. Make sure that both plastic spacers are fully seated in their slots in the column support bracket, then, tighten the bracket nuts to 110 inch lbs. (12.5 Nm)
    4.  
    5. Install the floor plate screws.
    6.  
    7. Install the steering wheel.
    8.  
    9. Connect the wiring.
    10.  
    11. Connect and adjust the shift linkage.
    12.  
    13. Connect the shift selector cable to the bracket on the column in its original location. Slowly move the shift lever from L to P, pausing briefly at each position. The pointer must align with each selector position. If necessary, loosen the bolt and re-adjust the linkage to align the pointer correctly.
    14.  
    15. Install the panel lower reinforcement and cluster bezel.
    16.  

    1994-96 Models

    RAM MODELS

    See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6


    CAUTION
    When a steering column has an air bag module attached, never place the column on the floor or other surface with the steering wheel or module face down.

    1. Make sure the wheels are in the straight-ahead position.
    2.  
    3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    4.  



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    Fig. Fig. 1: The steering coupler is secured to the column by a bolt

    WARNING

    Do not bump, jolt or hammer on the column shaft and gear shift tube.

    1. Pry the shift link rod out of the grommet on the bottom of the column, if equipped with an automatic transmission.
    2.  



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    Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the PRNDL cable as shown



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    Fig. Fig. 3: Multi-function switch wiring-1994-96 models

    1. Remove the steering wheel from the column (refer to the procedure in this section).
    2.  



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    Fig. Fig. 4: Details of the steering column wiring

    1. For vehicles equipped with a column shift, disconnect the link rod in the engine compartment.
    2.  
    3. Pry out the link rod from the grommet in the shift lever.
    4.  
    5. Paint installation alignment marks on the column shaft-to-coupler to aid column shaft alignment upon reinstallation. Remove the steering column shaft-to-coupler bolt.
    6.  



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    Fig. Fig. 5: Install the ground clip and spacer in the position shown

    1. Remove the dash panel cover under the column.
    2.  
    3. For column shift vehicles, make sure the shift lever is in PARK. Pull the cable and twist it to remove it from the position arm. Push the tab on the bottom of the cable retainer, then squeeze the sides to remove the retainer from the column.
    4.  
    5. If equipped with a tilt column, remove the tilt lever. Remove the upper and lower lock housing shroud trim.
    6.  



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    Fig. Fig. 6: If necessary, adjust the PRNDL indicator with the recessed hex bolt indicated

    1. Remove the turn signal/multi-function switch using a 7mm socket.
    2.  
    3. Loosen the upper support bracket nuts to allow some slack. This will aid in removal of the upper fixed shroud.
    4.  
    5. Remove the electrical connections from the key-in light, ignition switch, horn, and clock spring (speed control)
    6.  
    7. Remove the wiring harness from the column by prying out the plastic retainer buttons.
    8.  
    9. Remove the lower dash panel and toe plate fasteners.
    10.  
    11. Remove the column from the vehicle. Take care to avoid damaging paint or trim.
    12.  

    To install:
    1. Install a replacement grommet on the shift rod arm and lubricate it with a suitable multi-purpose lubricant.
    2.  
    3. Install the ground clip on the left spacer slot.
    4.  
    5. If applicable, remove the shipping lock pin.
    6.  
    7. Install the column in the vehicle through the floorpan. Position the column bracket shear pins on the attaching studs and loosely assemble the upper bracket nuts.
    8.  
    9. Make sure the wheels are still in a straight-ahead position and align the column shaft to the coupler. Install the pinch bolt, then tighten to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
    10.  
    11. Clip the wiring harness onto the steering column. Install the multifunction switch and connect the column wiring. Tighten it with a 7mm socket.
    12.  
    13. Install the upper fixed shroud.
    14.  
    15. Make sure the both breakaway capsules are fully seated in the slots on the column bracket, then tighten the bracket bolts to 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
    16.  
    17. Tighten the toe plate to floor pan attaching nuts to 17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm).
    18.  
    19. Install the wiring connections to the column.
    20.  
    21. Install the lower shroud. Position the shift lever, if equipped with an automatic transaxle, in the farthest down position and install the PRNDL cable. If the indicator needs adjustment, turn the recessed hex head screw underneath the cable retainer.
    22.  
    23. Install the lock housing shrouds. Install the tilt lever (if equipped).
    24.  
    25. Install the lower dash panel column cover.
    26.  
    27. Install the steering wheel.
    28.  
    29. Connect the shift link rod to the transmission shift lever. Use multi-purpose grease to aid the installation.
    30.  
    31. Check the transaxle linkage adjustment through all of the gear positions.
    32.  
    33. Connect the negative battery cable.
    34.  

    DAKOTA MODELS

    See Figures 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11


    CAUTION
    When a steering column has an air bag module attached, never place the column on the floor or other surface with the steering wheel or module face down.

    1. Make sure the wheels are in the straight-ahead position.
    2.  
    3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    4.  



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    Fig. Fig. 7: Pry up on the link rod to disengage it

    WARNING

    Do not bump, jolt or hammer on the column shaft and gear shift tube.



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    Fig. Fig. 8: Exploded view of the coupler bolt installation

    1. Remove the steering wheel from the column (refer to the procedure in this section).
    2.  



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    Fig. Fig. 9: The steering column cover will have to be unscrewed and lowered to facilitate the column removal

    1. Pry out the link rod from the grommet in the shift lever.
    2.  



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    Fig. Fig. 10: Column shift indicator cable routing

    1. Remove the upper-to-lower coupler pinch bolt. Push the upper coupler shaft down into the steering coupler.
    2.  



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    Fig. Fig. 11: Install a new link rod grommet using a pair of pliers as shown

    1. Push the upper-to-lower coupler shaft down into the steering coupler.
    2.  
    3. Remove the dash panel column cover.
    4.  

    1. For column shift vehicles, make sure the shift lever is in position 1, then remove the gear position indicator cable.
    2.  
    3. If equipped with a tilt column, remove the tilt lever. Remove the upper and lower lock housing shroud trim. Remove the lower fixed shroud.
    4.  
    5. Remove the turn signal/multi-function switch using a 7mm socket.
    6.  
    7. Loosen the upper support bracket nuts to allow some slack. This will aid in removal of the upper fixed shroud.
    8.  
    9. Remove the electrical connections from the key-in light, ignition switch, horn, and clock spring (speed control)
    10.  
    11. Remove the wiring harness from the column by prying out the plastic retainer buttons.
    12.  
    13. Remove the lower dash panel and toe plate fasteners.
    14.  
    15. Remove the column from the vehicle. Take care to avoid damaging paint or trim.
    16.  

    To install:
    1. Install a replacement grommet on the shift rod arm and lubricate it with a suitable multi-purpose lubricant.
    2.  
    3. Install the ground clip on the left spacer slot.
    4.  
    5. Remove the shipping lock pin, if applicable.
    6.  
    7. Install the column in the vehicle through the floorpan, position the column bracket shear pins on the attaching studs and loosely assemble the upper bracket nuts.
    8.  
    9. Make sure the wheels are still in a straight-ahead position. Align and install the upper and lower coupler. Do not apply force to the top of the steering column shaft.
    10.  
    11. Install the coupler bolt, then tighten to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm).
    12.  
    13. Clip the wiring harness onto the steering column. Install the multifunction switch and connect the column wiring and tighten it with a 7mm socket.
    14.  
    15. Install the upper fixed shroud.
    16.  
    17. Make sure the both breakaway capsules are fully seated in the slots on the column bracket, then tighten the bracket bolts to 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
    18.  
    19. Tighten the toe plate attaching nuts/bolts to 17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm).
    20.  
    21. Install the wiring connections to the column.
    22.  
    23. Install the lower fixed shroud.
    24.  
    25. For column shift vehicles, install the gear position indicator cable.
    26.  
    27. Install the lock housing shrouds. Install the tilt lever (if equipped).
    28.  
    29. Install the lower dash panel column cover.
    30.  
    31. Install the steering wheel.
    32.  
    33. For column shift vehicles, connect the shift link rod to the transmission shift lever. Use multi-purpose grease to aid the installation.
    34.  
    35. Check the transaxle linkage adjustment through all of the gear positions.
    36.  
    37. Connect the negative battery cable.
    38.  

     
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