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Steering Column Removal and Installation

SRS components are located in this area. Review the SRS component locations, and the precautions and procedures before doing repairs or service.
Removal
Be careful not to pull the bracket (A) on the front side of steering column out of its normal position.
If the bracket accidentally comes out, replace the steering column as an assembly.

  1. Release the lock lever, and adjust the steering column to the full tilt up position, and to the full telescopic in position.
  1. Tighten the lock lever.
  1. Remove the steering joint cover (A).

  1. Hold the lower slide shaft (A) on the column with a piece of wire (B) between the joint yoke (C) of the lower slide shaft and joint yoke (D) of the upper shaft to prevent the lower slide shaft from pulling out.
  1. Release the lock lever, and adjust the steering column to the full telescopic out position, then tighten the lock lever.
    NOTE: Do not release lock lever when removing the steering column from the frame.

  1. Remove the steering joint bolt (A).

  1. Disconnect the steering joint (A) by moving the steering joint toward the column.
    NOTE:
    • If the center guide (B) is in place and has not moved, leave it in place.
    • If the center guide has moved or been removed, discard it.

  1. Disconnect the connectors from the ignition switch, and release the wire harness clips (A) from the steering column.
  1. Disconnect the wire harness connectors from the combination switch assembly/cable reel (B).
  1. Remove the combination switch assembly from the steering column shaft by removing the three screws (C).
  1. Remove the steering column (D) by removing the attaching nuts and bolts. If the lower slide shaft (E) is removed, slip it into the upper shaft (F) by aligning the paint or stamped marks (G).

Installation
  1. Install the steering column in the reverse order of removal, and note these items:
    • Tighten the steering column mounting nuts and bolts to the specified torque in the following order; bolts, then nuts.
    • Make sure the wires are not caught or pinched by any parts.
    • Take care not to let the sliding capsules fall out of position during column installation.
    • Tighten the three screws (A) to the sequence shown.
  1. Center the steering rack within its stroke.
  1. With the rack in the straight ahead driving position, then cut the wire.

  1. Slip the lower end of the steering joint (A) onto the pinion shaft (B).
    NOTE:
    • Pinion shaft with center guide; install the steering joint by aligning the center guide (C).
    • Pinion shaft without center guide; position the steering column by aligning the gap (D) with the angle.
  1. Release the lock lever, and adjust the steering column to the full tilt down position, and to the full telescopic out position, then tighten the lock lever.

  1. Align the bolt hole (A) on the steering joint with the groove (B) around the pinion shaft, then loosely install the lower steering joint bolt (C). Be sure that the joint bolt is securely in the groove in the pinion shaft.
  1. Pull on the steering joint to make sure that the steering joint is fully seated, then tighten the lower joint bolt to the specified torque.

  1. Install the steering joint cover (A).
    • Turn the ignition switch to ON (II) and check that the SRS indicator should come on for about 6 seconds and then go off.
    • Make sure the horn and turn signal switches work properly.
    • Make sure the steering wheel switches work properly.
  1. After installation, do these checks:
    • Check the steering wheel spoke angle. If the steering spoke angles to the right and left are not equal (steering wheel and rack are not centered), correct the engagement of the joint/pinion shaft splines.
    • Set the steering column to the center tilt position, and to the center telescopic position, then do the front toe inspection.