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It screws onto the threaded steering shaft, then turn the nut on the tool clockwise to depress spring, then remove circlip.

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1990 Jeep Cherokee 4.0l 6cly fuel inj.... recently my steering column has play into up/down and right to left. Steers fine, except it's loose. Key sometimes won't come out and the fuse on the instrument...


Hi, I know the problem well. Had 2 different columns apart recently. What happens is the star bolts holding the lower bearing assembly get loose. You have to take everything off to get to them. First the airbag, if you have one. You have to disarm it first by taking both cables off the battery and touching them together. With the airbag off, take the bolt off the steering wheel and use a puller to get the wheel off. Then the dust cover. With the cover off, you need a lockplate compression tool to push the lockplate down while you remove the locking clip. The lockplate comes off, then the the turn switch canceler, then the turn switch. You have to take the wand and hazard button off to get the switch out. There are then 3 screws holding the upper bearing housing on. First remove the key barrel set screw and remove the barrel. Then remove the 3 screws. Next, you have to pull the ignition switch linkage off the gear opposite the key barrel. The linkage looks like a big key. The housing then comes off and hangs on the turn switch. Make sure you catch the bearings if they are loose. At this point, if you don't have a tilt column, you may be able to see and tighten the star bolts. If you have the tilt column, you will have to take it off. There are pins in each side. An 8/32 screw can be screwed in and pried to pull the pins out. Take the adjusting rod off and the tilt mechanism will come off. The return spring and retainer will also be loose. Now you can tighten the bolts and put everything back together. Now, you're going to want to see some pics to help you. Fortunately, there are a lot of these out there. Here is one, but there are many more: http://www.epiccomputer.com/dale/jeepjunk/tilt/tilt.html . You will want to find one that's like yours--tilt if you have tilt or non-tilt if you don't. Please let me know if you have questions, and thanks for using FixYa.

Apr 19, 2011 | 1990 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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Key is stuck in the ignition,how do i remove the ignition and put in new one,or is there a way to get the key out.


Hi, removing the barrel requires removal of the steering wheel, lockplate, and turn signal switch. Once all of these are out, you will see the screw that holds the lock in. You will need a puller to remove the steering wheel and a lockplate compression tool to push the lockplate down while removing the lockplate clip. You may be able to borrow these tools from Autozone or another tool rental outlet. I have pasted the procedure below from autozone.com. Please let me know if you have more questions, and thanks for using FixYa.

  1. 1969 CHEVELLE DELUXE WHEEL AND STANDARD WHEEL ON ALL MODELS 1970 AND LATER

    See Figures 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13
    1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    2. Remove the trim retaining screws from behind the wheel.
    3. Lift the trim off, then disconnect the horn wire(s).
    4. For most 1975 and later models, remove the snapring.
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    Fig. Fig. 2: Steering wheel installation-1969 deluxe and 1970-72 standard wheel



    1. Remove the steering wheel retaining nut.

    1. Matchmark the wheel-to-shaft relationship, then remove the wheel with a steering wheel puller such as tool No. J-2927.

    To install:
    1. Install the wheel on the shaft, aligning the marks made during removal.
    2. Install the steering wheel retaining nut, then tighten the nut to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm).
    3. If equipped, install the snapring.

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    Fig. Fig. 4: Steering wheel installation-1980 and later vehicles



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    Fig. Fig. 5: Most 1975 and later wheels are equipped with a snapring to assure the retaining nut remains in position

    1. Hold the trim just above position, then connect the horn wire(s)..
    2. Install the center trim and secure using the retaining screws.
    3. Connect the negative battery cable.
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    Fig. Fig. 6: A ratchet or driver should be used to loosen the trim pad retaining screws

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Fig. Fig. 7: Once they are loosened, remove the trim pad screws from the back of the steering wheel


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Fig. Fig. 8: Pull the trim pad from the steering wheel in order to access the horn wire(s)
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Fig. Fig. 9: Remove the retaining nut snapring


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Fig. Fig. 10: Matchmark the relationship between the steering shaft and the wheel in order to assure proper wheel installation
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Fig. Fig. 11: Loosen and remove the wheel retaining nut

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Fig. Fig. 12: Use a steering wheel puller to loosen the wheel on the steering shaft


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Fig. Fig. 13: Once the wheel has been loosened by the puller, the wheel may may be removed from the steering shaft

  1. Remove the trim cover from the column.
  2. Remove the steering column cover from the shaft by removing the three screws or by prying it out with a screwdriver (1976 and later models).
  3. Use a compressing tool, such as No. J-23653, to compress and hold the lockplate. With the plate compressed, pry out and discard the snapring from its shaft groove.
  4. Slide the cancelling cam, spring, and washer off the shaft.
  5. Remove turn signal lever.
  6. Push the four-way flasher knob in and unscrew it.
  7. Remove the three switch mounting screws.
  8. Pull switch connector out of the bracket, pull it off the shaft and allow it to hang by the wires.
  9. Remove the lock barrel retaining screw and remove the lock.
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Apr 17, 2011 | 1983 Chevrolet El Camino

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How to change ignition lock cylinder


Ignition Lock Cylinder REMOVAL & INSTALLATION NOTE: On 1974-76 models, equipped with A.C.R.S. perform the special procedure for removing the air cushion module from the steering wheel if necessary, prior to removing the lock cylinder. Standard Steering Column
  1. Remove the steering wheel.
  2. Remove the lockplate cover assembly.
  3. After compressing the lockplate spring, remove the snapring from the groove in the shaft. CAUTION
    When the snapring is removed do not allow the shaft to slide out the bottom of the column.
  4. Remove the lockplate, then slide the turn signal cam and the upper bearing preload spring off the upper steering shaft.
  5. Remove the thrust washer from the shaft.
  6. Remove the hazard warning switch from the column along with the turn signal lever.
  7. Use the following procedure if the car is equipped with cruise control.
    1. Attach a piece of stiff wire to the connector on the cruise control switch harness.
    2. Gently pull the harness up and out of the column.
  8. Remove the turn signal switch mounting screws.
  9. Slide the switch connector out of the bracket on the steering column.
  10. After freeing the switch wiring protector from its mounting, pull the turn signal switch straight up and remove the switch, switch harness and the connector from the column.
  11. Turn the ignition switch to ON or RUN, then insert a small drift pin into the slot next to the switch mounting screw boss. Push the lock cylinder tab and remove the lock cylinder.
  12. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Fig. 1: Ignition lock removal - standard column 85878054.gif
Tilt Column
  1. Remove the steering wheel.
  2. Remove the rubber sleeve bumper from the steering shaft.
  3. Using an appropriate tool, remove the plastic retainer.
  4. Using a spring compressor, depress the upper steering shaft spring and remove the C-ring. Release the steering shaft lockplate, the horn contact carrier, and the upper steering shaft preload spring.
  5. Remove the four screws which hold the upper mounting bracket, then remove the bracket.
  6. Slide the harness connector out of the bracket on the steering column. Tape the upper part of the harness and connector.
  7. Disconnect the hazard button and position the shift bowl in Park. Remove the turn signal lever from the column.
  8. Use the following procedure for cars with cruise control.
    1. Remove the harness protector from the harness.
    2. Attach a piece of piano wire to the switch harness connector.
    3. Before removing the turn signal lever, loop a piece of piano wire and insert it into the turn signal lever opening. Using the wire, pull the cruise control harness out through the opening.
    4. Pull the rest of the harness up through and out of the column.
    5. Remove the guide wire from the connector and secure the wire to the column.
    6. Remove the turn signal level.
  9. Pull the turn signal switch up until the end connector is within the shift bowl. Remove the hazard flasher lever. Allow the switch to hang.
  10. Place the ignition key in the run position.
  11. Depress the center of the lock cylinder retaining tab with a small prytool, then remove the lock cylinder. On some model remove the lock cylinder retaining screw. To install:
  12. When assembling the lock cylinder, rotate the key to the stop position while holding the cylinder and push the cylinder in all the way.
  13. Install the retaining screw on those models so equipped, and tighten to 40 inch lbs. (4.5 Nm).
  14. Install all components in the reverse of the removal procedure order. Check switch for proper operation. Fig. 2: Installing ignition lock - tilt column 85878055.gif
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Jan 14, 2011 | 1989 Cadillac Sedan DeVille

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I have a 1982 gmc k 1500 pickup and i need to replace the key switch i have the steering wheel removed and there is a plastic cover that i cannot remove without breaking


The plastic cover is attached to the lockplate which has a clip that holds it on the steering column shaft.. Auto Zone rents a lockplate removal tool to push the plate down far enough to remove the clip. There is a pretty heavy spring behind the lockplate.

Oct 19, 2010 | 1983 GMC K1500

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Whear is the safty neutral switch at for a 1991 chevy c1500


If it is an auto trans with column shift, that switch is on the steering column, above the brake pedal, close to the floorboard.
Might need to lower the upper end of the steering column where it bolts under the dash to get to it.

Jul 04, 2010 | 1991 Chevrolet C1500

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Where are there free turn instructions available on how to replace a turn signal in a 1994 chevy silverado? I will pay $1 for this answer.


You posted in the fre section...no need for the dollar but I'll take a cold Corona and lime!


Here ya go....

Removal & Installataion

  1. Make sure the switch is in the OFF position.
  2. Remove the Steering Wheel as outlined in this section.
    1. Remove the instrument panel trim cover.
    2. Insert a screwdriver into the lockplate cover slot and pry out the cover. Remove the lockplate. A special tool is available to do this. The tool is an inverted U-shape, with a hole for the shaft. The shaft nut is used to force it down. Pry the wire snap ring out of the shaft groove. Discard the snap ring.
    3. Remove the tool and lift the lockplate off the shaft.
    4. Remove the turn signal lever screw and lever.
    5. Press the hazard button inward and unscrew it.
    6. Remove the switch retaining screws. Pull the switch connector out of the mast jacket and feed the switch connector through the column support bracket.
    7. Position the turn signal lever and shifter housing in the downward, or "low" position and pull downward on the lower end of the column using a pliers on the tab provided. Remove the wire protector.
    8. Remove the switch mounting screws. Remove the switch by pulling it straight up while guiding the wiring harness cover through the column.
  3. To install:
    1. Install the replacement switch by working the connector and cover down through the housing and under the bracket.
    2. Install the switch mounting screws and the connector on the mast jacket bracket. Install the column-to-dash trim plate.
    3. Install the flasher knob and the turn signal lever.
    4. With the turn signal lever in neutral and the flasher knob out, slide the thrust washer, upper bearing preload spring, and canceling cam into the shaft.
    5. Position the lockplate on the shaft and press it down until a new snap ring can be inserted in the shaft groove.
    6. Install the cover and the steering wheel.

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Retaining ring removal


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Pliers may be used to remove the turn signal wire protector


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Removing the turn signal switch


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Install the lockplate and the retaining ring using the tool illustrated (or its equivalent)

Jun 08, 2010 | Cars & Trucks

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How to remove the steering wheel to tighten up steering column


You'll need a steering wheel puller and a lockplate removal tool. Auto Zone rents them.

May 16, 2010 | 1991 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer

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How do I remove the ignition lock cylinder from the steering column on a 1978 Jeep CJ7. I already have the steering column disassembled.


here are the instruction the first set are the instruction on how to remove the turn signal switch as you will need them to remove the ignition

Removal & Installataion of turn signal switch
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the steering wheel.
  3. Loosen the anti-theft cover retaining screws on 1976 models and lift the cover from the steering column. It is not necessary to completely remove these screws.
  4. Depress the lockplate and pry the round wire snapring from the steering shaft groove. A lockplate compressor tool is available for compressing the lockplate.
  5. Remove the lockplate, directional signal canceling cam, upper bearing preload spring, and thrust washer from the steering shaft.
  6. Move the directional signal actuating lever to the right turn position and remove the lever.
  7. Depress the hazard warning light switch and remove the button by turning it counterclockwise.
  8. Remove the directional signal wiring harness connector block from its mounting bracket on the right side of the lower column.
  9. On vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission, use a stiff wire, such as a paper clip, to depress the lock tab which retains the shift quadrant light wire in the connector block.
  10. Remove the directional signal switch retaining screws and pull the switch and wiring harness from the steering column.
  11. Guide the wiring harness of the new switch into position and carefully align the switch assembly. make sure that the actuating lever pivot is correctly aligned and seated in the upper housing pivot boss prior to installing the retaining screws.
  12. Install the directional signal lever and actuate the directional signal switch to assure correct operation.
  13. Place the thrust washer, spring, and directional signal canceling cam on the upper end of the steering shaft.
  14. Align the lockplate splines with the steering shaft splines and place the lockplate in position with the directional signal canceling cam shaft protruding through the dogleg opening in the lockplate.
  15. Install the snapring.
  16. Install the anti-theft cover.
  17. Install the steering wheel and connect the negative battery cable.
  18. Check the operation of the turn signal switch.

Removal & Installation of ignition lock switch
  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2. Remove the turn signal switch as described earlier in this section. You don't have to remove the switch completely, just set it aside.
  3. Insert the key. Position the key as follows.
    • 1976-83: With manual transmission, put it in the ON position; with automatic, put it in OFF/LOCK.
    • 1984-86: Two detent positions, clockwise, beyond OFF/LOCK.
  1. Working through the slot next to the turn signal switch mounting boss, use a thin screwdriver to release the lock cylinder.
  2. To install, insert the key in the new lock cylinder. Hold the sleeve and turn the key clockwise until it stops. Align the cylinder retaining tab with the housing slot and insert the cylinder. Push the cylinder in, rotate to engage, then push in until the retaining tab engages the housing groove.
  3. Complete the procedure in the reverse of removal.

Aug 20, 2009 | Jeep CJ7 Cars & Trucks

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Dimmer switch in turn signal/wiper switch does not work


steering wheel must be removed, besure to disconnect air bag connector at base of column, will need some special tools to remove the lockplate and c-clip

Nov 19, 2008 | 1997 Buick LeSabre

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