Steering Column Removal and Installation

SRS components are located in this area. Review the SRS component locations, precautions and procedures in the SRS section before performing repairs or service.

Removal


1.Disconnect the negative cable form the battery.

2.Remove the driver's airbag and the steering wheel.

3.Remove the column covers (A).

 


4.Remove the combination switch assembly (B) from the steering column shaft by loosening a screw (C) on the top of the combination switch.

5.Disconnect the 2P, 6P, and 7P connectors from the ignition switch, and release the wire harness clips from the steering column.

6.Disconnect the steering joint (D), and remove it from the column shaft.

7.Remove the steering column (E) by removing the attaching nuts and bolts. Be careful not to excessive swing the column lower shaft (F) when removing the column. Hard swing the lower shaft excessively can cause break the column joint. If broke the joint or disconnected the yoke, replace the column as an assembly.

Installation


1.Install the steering column in the reverse order of removal, and note these items:
  • Take care not to let the sliding capsules fall out of the position during column installation.
  • Make sure the wires are not caught or pinched by any parts.

2.Move the steering column to the uppermost position, and pull up the tilt lever firmly.

3.Insert the upper end of the steering joint onto the steering shaft (A) (line up the bolt hole (B) with the flat portion (C) on the shaft).

 

4.Slip the lower end of the steering joint onto the pinion shaft (D) (line up the bolt hole with the groove (E) around the shaft), and loosely install the lower joint bolt. Be sure that the lower joint bolt is securely in the groove in the pinion shaft.

5.Pull on the steering joint to make sure that the steering joint is fully seated. Then install the upper joint bolt and tighten them to specified torque.

6.Finish the installation, and note these items: