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How to remove steering column by painandgain99
Started on: 11-01-2015 11:47 PM
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Report this Post11-01-2015 11:47 PM Click Here to See the Profile for painandgain99Click Here to Email painandgain99Send a Private Message to painandgain99Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Hey all...ive been having a time with this car. I opened my decklid today to find a rat chewed up half of my trunk seal. Not sure what kind of language is prohibited on here, so ill leave it at this: i was very upset at the rat and im buying poison tomorrow. Also found rat droppings on my plenum. So ill have to find a seal eventually. Anyways

After a pivot pin remover breaking off inside of BOTH of ky pivot pins, im deciding to just replace the column. But i cant get it out. Removed the 2 brackets and all the bolts, but i cant find where to unplug the (black and purple i believe, seperate from the main bunch) wires. Or how to get the knuckle it connect to at the very end apart. Would love some guidance. Also, would love if anyone had a wobble free steering column for sale?

Another little question, there is water leaking out from between the decklid plastic and metal. Not sure if its condensation built up on the inside or if its normal.

Last but not least, im going to charge my dead battery. My dad being in california and Me never doing this before, do i just hook it up to the bolts going into the battery? Sorry im only 16 and ive never done this before.

Hope you all had a good holiday and godbless. Would appreciate any help

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Report this Post11-02-2015 07:49 AM Click Here to See the Profile for olejoedadClick Here to Email olejoedadSend a Private Message to olejoedadEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
1. Remove trim cover below column - (4) 7mm screws
2. Unplug long flat electrical connector on pigtail from column.
3. Remove bolt from U-joint on shaft down by the pedals - (1) 1mm bolt
4. Remove nuts from studs holding column to dash support - (2) 15mm nuts
5. Remove bolts holding column to dash support - (2) 15mm bolts

The column should be free to drop down onto the seat.

6. On the left side of the column, remove the hi/low beam plug by squeezing the tabs together and pulling straight out.
7. On the right side of column, remove the ignition switch plugs by squeezing four tabs and pulling the two plugs out of the switch. Some wiggling is needed.
8. On the ignition switch, remove the small screw holding the auto trans shifter lock cable bracket and cable.
9. Remove the pigtail from the cruise control stalk. The plug is flat and has four small diameter wires in a sheath.
10. The column is now ready to pull from the car. You may need to separate the clamp on the u-joint by prying it a bit to ease removal. Be sure not to pull the intermediate shaft apart when removing the column. You can do this by sitting in the seat and holding the u-joint with your feet as you pull the column to you.

Good luck.
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You are awesome olejoedad.
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Report this Post11-02-2015 09:49 AM Click Here to See the Profile for olejoedadClick Here to Email olejoedadSend a Private Message to olejoedadEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Awww, shucks. Twernt nuthin'.

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A GM dealer would have charged $678.75 for that information...
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Report this Post11-09-2015 02:32 PM Click Here to See the Profile for painandgain99Click Here to Email painandgain99Send a Private Message to painandgain99Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I cant get the column seperated from the u joint? I took the bolt all the way out, pulling as hard as i can while holding the part that goes down into with csr with my feet. Should i spray some liquid wrench on it?

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If it is a pinch bolt setup (honestly, I can't remember, it has been so long since I pulled columns)... just stick a screwdriver in the space and wedge it in there to open up the "pinch".

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Originally posted by jaskispyder:

If it is a pinch bolt setup (honestly, I can't remember, it has been so long since I pulled columns)... just stick a screwdriver in the space and wedge it in there to open up the "pinch".


Perfect, came right out. Thanks!

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As stated in my post....

"You may need to separate the clamp on the u-joint by prying it a bit to ease removal. "
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Putting the column back in now--- its obviously the same process backwards but any trick on getting the shaft back into the u-joint? Im having alot of trouble keeping the u joint open and still while trying to push the column in. Does this require 2 people?

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Report this Post11-11-2015 01:02 PM Click Here to See the Profile for painandgain99Click Here to Email painandgain99Send a Private Message to painandgain99Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Bump. Still can't get it in

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I'm not sure how you would fit two people in that small of space. When I install a column, I kind of angle it so that it's pushing down on the U joint which keeps it from moving. Not sure if that's helpful or not.
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Report this Post11-11-2015 03:57 PM Click Here to See the Profile for painandgain99Click Here to Email painandgain99Send a Private Message to painandgain99Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I got my steering column in, plugged everything in, but now the car wont start. Its acting like the battery is dead. The chime will go off upon turning the key, fuel pump sounds. Then i turn it- and nothing? But the battery is reading fine? Im charging the battery now just incase but im worried. There is one tiny wire missing on the steering column i got that i noticed, its the smallest one with the smallest plug and i believe it was the cruise control wire. Thats the only thing i could think of that could be causing this. Any ideas guys?
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Validate your ''clutch in" switch ... dont know its real name thought ... its a cut off switch attached to the clutch pedal ... car wont start if the clutch pedal is not engaged.....

Danyel

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here is a picture of the plug for the wire, and i had him send me a pic of the wire as he has my old column.

 
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Validate your ''clutch in" switch ... dont know its real name thought ... its a cut off switch attached to the clutch pedal ... car wont start if the clutch pedal is not engaged.....

Danyel



will try that right now
Update: that did it, i knocked the little plastic clip off of the clutch switch when i was installing the column. Figured it wasnt relavant and put it in the ashtray. Snapped it back on and it started right up. Thanks danyel
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Update: that did it, i knocked the little plastic clip off of the clutch switch when i was installing the column. Figured it wasnt relavant and put it in the ashtray. Snapped it back on and it started right up. Thanks danyel


Your Welcome ...... regards
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