I have got a major rattle in my steering column housing on my 2007 Impala (behind my steering wheel in the plastic housing that holds the tilt steering, turn signal, etc). Does that plastic simply "pop" off or is there something else I need to remove to get in there? I just want to make sure nothing is broken under the plastic housing and would like to do it myself.
It could be the wiring rattled loose or a nut or a screw has come loose inside the steering column, you might be able to get at it by loosening the plastic at the bottom of the dash below the steering column. or the worst thing could be something has broke loose..
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Underneith the steering column,ther are two /four bolts you have to remove to drop steering column.Block wheels and use emergency brake.If there is an indicator for park ,nutral and so on,then don't brake the cable going to that.It is clipped on the column housing that moves with the gear shift,push it off,then lower the column.
Hello, Dan. First, disconnect the negative (-)/ground on the battery Dan are you
mechanically inclined. If not then don't attempted this job.
need to remove all the plastic covers on the steering column. Remove the horn
ring.--two screws under the steering wheel. Remove the horn ring and disconnect
the horn plug. Remove the steering wheel nut. Use a steering wheel puller to
remove the steering wheel.
Remove the turn signal switch that fit around
the upper part of the steering column. Then remove the some of the parts that
are associated with the steering wheel and/or column.
Now, look at the
ignition switch flange, it a big chunk of aluminum. Now look for a large
aluminum dowel pin 5/8" in diameter that is driven into the chuck of aluminum
but it is parallel to the steering column.
This aluminum dowel pin will
have to be drill out before you can get ignition housing off, If there is
adjustable steering column lever, remove this also.
Now, once the dowel
pin has been removed, looking for a **** in the ignition housing. Take chisel
and insert into this ****, drive the chisel into the **** until the ignition
housing is loose to be remove by sliding it up over the steering
If you buy a new ignition switch, on purchase the switch with
keys. Don't buy the hole new ignition housing.. If you do it will get
In the ignition (old) housing drive out the ignition switch
pins that keeps the ignition switch in the housing. Install the new ignition
switch re-insert the ignition switch hold pins.
I am fairly sure that
Carquest/ NAPA some other larger auto parts will have ignition housing bolt. If
they try to sell you a replacement aluminum dowel pin don't buy it. It is almost
impossible to install the aluminum dowel pin without the proper tools, so use a
bolt to squeeze ignition housing together.
Before putting everything
back together. Now, check the new ignition switch to make sure it works. I wish
you lot of luck. GB...stewbison
You can take the plastic covers off the steering column and try to spray light solvent into the steering lock area beneath the steering column to clean and lubricate the lock.
If that fails, if you have a dremel tool and some abrasive disks, and a Torx screwdriver that fits the screws behind the steering wheel, and a deep socket that fits the bolt that holds on the steering wheel, you can take the whole thing apart.
Disconnect the battery, wait a few minutes, then remove the Torx screws that hold the air bag to the steering wheel. The wire is a bit difficult to unplug from the air bag but it pulls out. Remove the bolt and mark the steering wheel so it goes back on the same tooth it came off of. As you pull it apart, take note of the location and orientation of the two spacer rings so they go back the way they belong. Snap ring pliers are handy for removing the snap ring, but any sharp tool will work.
With the dremel tool, cut straight slots in the the two security bolts in the top of the lock housing. Then use a short straight blade screwdriver bit to unscrew the bolts. The electrical part of the ignition is held on with a set screw that you have to loosen.
Once you get the lock housing apart, you can see what the problem is with the steering lock, or you can just pull out the lock bar and toss it and put the whole thing back together. Your steering wheel won't lock any more. but it will work.
Grease the upper steering column bearing in the lock housing while you have it apart. The best way to put that snap ring back on the steering column is to cut a short piece of 3/4" PVC pipe and use the steering wheel bolt and the PVC pipe to press the snap ring down the shaft until it snaps into its groove.
Eventually, your key and your lock cylinder will fail. Old lock cylinders almost never come out with a stiff wire the way they are designed to, so you have to replace the whole housing along with the lock cylinder. After you do this job, you will know exactly how to take care of that problem.
Remove the steering wheel housing. This will be held on by two screws. One will be in the front and the other will be in the back of the housing. The screws are usually Phillips heads or star-shaped heads. 2.
Locate the switch behind behind the key tumbler. It will be held by a screw. 3.
Remove the screw holding in the switch. The switch will work its way loose. 4.
Unattach the pigtail attached to the back of the ignition switch. They should lock in with a tab that needs to be folded up so the pigtail can be slid out. 5.
Remove the old switch. It will slide right out.
Installing the Ignition Switch 1.
Install the new switch. Inspect to make sure it looks like the old one. 2.
Plug the wiring into the back of the switch. The wiring pigtail will lock into place. 3.
Screw the switch back into position where the old one was removed. The new switch should sit in the same as the old one. 4.
Place the steering column housing back around the steering wheel. Install it as you took it off. The housing is set to fit around the column and fits one way. 5.
Tighten the screws on the housing. The housing should be snug.
1990-94 Cabriolet,1990-93 Fox, 1990-92 Golf and Jetta
Fig. Lock cylinder drill point.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove the steering wheel, then remove the steering column covers.
Remove the turn signal and wiper switches.
Disconnect the ignition switch wiring.
On some models, the hole in the lock body for removing the ignition lock cylinder was not drilled by Volkswagen. To make the hole, use the following measurements in conjunction with the illustrations. Drill the hole where "a" and "b" intersect on the lock body. The hole should be drilled 0.19 inch (3mm) deep
Remove the lock cylinder by pushing a small drill bit or piece of wire into the hole and pulling the cylinder out. It might be easier to insert the ignition key, turn it to the right a little and pull on it.
Insert the lock cylinder into the housing with the key in the cylinder.
While gently turning the key side-to-side, press the cylinder in to the stop. It should click into place.
Temporarily fit the steering wheel onto the splines, then make sure the column locks and unlocks smoothly.
Install the switches, column covers, wiring and the steering wheel.
Connect the battery cable.
1995-99 Cabrio, 1993-99 Golf and Jetta
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Center the steering wheel.
Remove the air bag.
Remove the steering column switches.
If the vehicle is equipped with an automatic transmission, detach the shift lock cable from the lock cylinder housing.
Remove the adapter sleeve from the steering column.
Remove the spring and horn contact ring from the steering column assembly.
Detach the sheer bolt.
Insert the ignition key and unlock the cylinder, then detach the wiring connectors.
Once all wiring has been detached, slide the housing off the steering column.
Mark and drill the lock cylinder as shown and described in the above procedure.
Compress the stop spring and pull the lock cylinder out of the steering column housing.
Put the new lock cylinder into the steering lock housing.
Insert the key into the lock cylinder.
While you gently turn the key, insert the lock cylinder fully into the housing.
The rest of the installation procedure is the reverse of removal.
Always use a new shear pin when installing the lock cylinder.
The actual switch is under the steering wheel. You have to use a steering wheel puller to get the steering wheel off. You also need a special tool to compress the shifter locking plate spring. Then you can check the switch to see if it's working. I have pasted the instructions below if you want to go at it. Let me know if you have questions.
The following procedure requires the use of the GM Lock Plate Compressor tool No. J-23653 or equivalent.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Refer to the Steering Wheel, Removal and Installation procedures in this section and remove the steering wheel.
If necessary, remove the steering column-to-lower instrument panel cover. Disengage the electrical harness connector from the steering column jacket (under the dash).
Using a small prytool, insert into the slots between the steering shaft lock plate cover and the steering column housing, then pry upward to remove the cover from the lock plate.
Using the GM Lock Plate Compressor tool No. J-23653-A or equivalent, screw the center shaft onto the steering shaft (as far as it will go), then screw the center post nut clockwise until the lock plate is compressed.
Using a small prybar, carefully pry the snapring from the steering shaft slot.
If the steering column is being disassembled on a bench, the steering shaft will slide out of the mast jacket when the snapring is removed.
Remove the GM Lock Plate Compressor tool No. J-23653 or equivalent, and the lock plate.
Remove the multi-function lever-to-switch screw and the lever.
To remove the hazard warning switch, press the knob inward and unscrew it.
Remove the turn signal switch assembly-to-steering column screws.
Lift the turn signal switch assembly from the steering column, then slide the electrical connector through the column housing and the protector.
If the steering column is the tilting type, position the steering housing into the Low position.
To remove the harness cover, pull it toward the lower end of the column; be careful not to damage the wires.
To remove the wire protector, grab the protector's tab with a pair of pliers, then pull the protector downward, out of the steering column.
WARNING: To avoid serious or fatal injury on vehicles equipped with
airbags, disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) before
attempting any steering wheel, steering column, airbag, seat belt
tensioner, impact sensor, or instrument panel component diagnosis or
service. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative (ground) cable,
then wait two minutes for the system capacitor to discharge before
performing further diagnosis or service. This is the only sure way to
disable the SRS. Failure to take the proper precautions could result in
accidental airbag deployment.
1. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable.
2. Remove the screw (2) that secures the tilt steering column knob (1)
and remove it from the tilt actuator (3) on the left side of the column.
3. From below the steering column, remove the two outboard screws that
secure the upper column shroud (1) to the lower shroud (3).
4. Using hand pressure, press inward on both sides of the upper shroud
above the parting line of the lower shroud to release the snap features
that secure the two shroud halves to each other.
5. Remove the upper shroud from the lower shroud and the steering column.
6. Remove the one center screw that secures the lower shroud to the steering column (4).
7. Remove the lower shroud from the steering column.
8. Disconnect the wire harness connector (2) from the back of the multi-function switch housing (1).
9. Rotate the steering wheel far enough to access and remove the two
screws (4) that secure the switch to the multi-function switch mounting
10. Grasp the switch control stalk and pull it toward the left side of
the vehicle to remove the switch from the mounting housing.
1. Slide the multi-function switch (1) into the multi-function switch
mounting housing (3) from the left side. Be certain that the alignment
pins on the top and bottom of the switch are properly engaged in the
channels of the mounting housing.
2. Rotate the steering wheel far enough to install and tighten the two
screws (4) that secure the switch to the mounting housing. Tighten the
screws to 2 N·m (20 in. lbs.).
3. Reconnect the wire harness connector (2) to the back of the switch housing.
4. Position the lower shroud (3) onto the steering column (4).
5. From below the steering column, install and tighten the one center
screw that secures the lower shroud to the steering column. Tighten the
screw to 2 N·m (20 in. lbs.).
6. Position the upper shroud (1) onto the steering column over the lower
shroud. On vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission, be certain
to engage the gearshift lever gap hider into the opening in the right
side of both shroud halves.
7. Align the snap features on the upper shroud with the receptacles in
the lower shroud and apply hand pressure to snap them together.
8. Install and tighten the two outboard screws that secure the upper
shroud to the lower shroud. Tighten the screws to 2 N·m (20 in. lbs.).
9. Position the tilt steering column knob (1) onto the tilt adjuster
actuator (3) on the left side of the steering column, then install and
tighten the screw (2) to secure the knob to the actuator. Tighten the
screw to 2 N·m (20 in. lbs.).
10. Reconnect the battery negative cable.