Since I can't find both a day when it's not raining AND a day when the shop can do the work AND a day when I'm not working myself (all at the same time), I've decided to tackle this on my own. If worse comes to worst, I'll buy another steering column and take that to a shop. I need my truck in the garage and I have a couple questions so I'll probably tackle this on Wednesday night (next night off) when I know I'll have time (I work tomorrow).
Here are my questions: First, Oliver says that he removed his column from the car after he removed the turn signal cancelling doohickey. Is this necessary?
Second, he states that to remove the wiper switch (which is the bad part in my column), it's necessary to remove (4) column support bolts and the harness protector. Is the column support on the top or bottom of the column? Can it be removed with the column in place?
About 1/2 way through the article, he says:
|To remove the wiper switch, push the pivot pin out of the housing, and remove the switch.|
Is that as far as I need to take the column apart? Push the pin out, replace the wiper switch, put the new pin in place then put everything back together?
Oliver also says:
|When you pull the lock housing off, the high beam actuator may fall out.|
Does anyone have a pic of this? He suggests putting it back in place with the column standing up (he took the column out).
Maybe a better question...how does the column come out of the car? If it's easy enough, maybe it would be worth it to remove it?
I'd appreciate any answers. I'm a little nervous doing this myself as I'm not terribly gifted when it comes to mechanics but I can't even drive the freakin' car right now and I can't sell it with non-working wipers.