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How do you replace the rack actuator on the steering column

How do you replace the rack actuator on a 1988 ford f 350 tilt wheel cruise control

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Here is an amazing photo manual of the steering column tear-down to fix actuator on an 85 Bronco. It looks like a big job, though, which is unfortunate because the actuator on my 89 just snapped last week.

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could you have a binding tie rod end or ball joint?  Yes there is adjustment on the rack and pinion at the tie rod ends. 

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if you disconnect the battery and let it sit awhile this will disable the airbag.

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take off the black plastic cover around the key switch,about 4 screws,and just under the switch is a tiny hole,turn the key to ACC then push a paper clip in the hole and wiggle the switch and it will come out,if you lost the key then its cheaper and easier to have a lock smith pull the lock out,about $100.00

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Here are the instructions to remove the turn signal/Hazard switch:

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2. Remove the steering wheel.
  3. Remove the turn signal lever by unscrewing it from the steering column.
  4. Disconnect the turn signal indicator switch wiring connector plug by lifting up the tabs on the side of the plug and pulling it apart.
  5. Remove the switch assembly attaching screws.
  6. On trucks with a fixed column, lift the switch out of the column and guide the connector plug through the opening in the shift socket.
  7. On trucks with a tilt column, remove the connector plug before removing the switch from the column. The shift socket opening is not large enough for the plug connector to pass through.
  8. Install the turn signal switch in the reverse order of removal. Check turn signal switch for proper operation.

Here is an exploded view of the steering column to help with the task at hand.


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