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Need instructions on how to rebuild steering colums

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Hi there skylar,

While I can certainly walk you through it, my advise would be hit an auto parts stor and pick up a Haynes manual for your Make/Model/Year.

The step by step instructions complete with illustration would be much easier to follow than a narrative from me. Besides, why reinvent the steering wheel.

You will need some specialized tools. This means there is really no substitute for them. I've tried. So if you don't have them already, you need:

  • A steering wheel puller
  • A lock plate spring depressor
  • Torx head bits T-20, T-25, T-30
Airbags. If you have airbags, you need to take this exercise seriously. Have no doubt, when handling an airbag, you are handling an explosive device.

If you have not been trained, I would advise against the procedure.
Since most folks go and do it anyway, I compiled a list of precautions to at least make you aware of what you are dealing with.

Click here for a tip I wrote concerning Airbag safety.

If you are the least bit nervous about handling airbags, DON'T. They are designed to be solidly mounted when they detonate. The housing is about 6 pounds of solid steel which would be propelled by the deployment charge in the opposite direction that the bag is facing.

An accidental unmounted deployment can be lethal.

Take the precautions seriously

Best regards
Mike

Posted on Jul 04, 2010

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Well, to start, you have to be able to take the steering wheel off. After that there isn't too much to a steering column except bolts that keep it from moving up and down and left and right down underneath the dash board:
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION All Series CAUTION
When performing service around the SIR system components or wiring, the SIR system MUST be disabled. Failure to do so could result in possible air bag deployment, personal injury or unneeded SIR system repairs.

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2. On models equipped with a drivers side air bag, perform the following procedure:
    1. Disable the Supplemental Restraint System (if equipped).
    2. On all but 1996–98 models equipped with a air bag, unfasten the screws at the rear of the steering wheel.
    3. On 1996–98 models equipped with a air bag, turn the steering wheel 90° to access the rear shroud holes to the inflator module. Insert a screwdriver in the holes and push the leaf spring to release the pin. Turn the steering wheel 180° to access the remaining shroud holes and using the screwdriver, release the remaining pins.
    4. Tilt the inflator module rearward from the top to access the wiring. Tag and unplug the lead wire from the clip on the module, the lead wire from the clip on the steering wheel and the Connector Position Assurance (CPA) and retainer from the module.
  3. If not equipped with a drivers side air bag, remove the horn pad or button cap and disconnect the horn wires. Fig. 1: Remove the horn button cap need instructions on how to rebuild steering - 87988p13.jpg
    Fig. 2: Disengage the horn wiring 87988p14.jpg
    Fig. 3: If equipped, remove the snapneed instructions on how to rebuild steering - 87988p15.jpge steering shaft 87988p15.jpg

  4. Mark the steering wheel-to-steering shaft relationship.
  5. If equipped, remove the snapring from the steering shaft.
  6. Remove the nut from the steering shaft. WARNING
    Don't hammer on the steering shaft!
  7. Remove the steering wheel with a puller. To install:
  8. Install the wheel. The turn signal control assembly must be in the Neutral position to prevent damaging the canceling cam and control assembly. Tighten the nut to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
  9. Install the horn pad and horn contact (if equipped).
  10. If equipped with a drivers side air bag, install the inflator module as follows:
    1. Attach the lead wire to the clip on the module, the lead wire to the clip on the steering wheel and the Connector Position Assurance (CPA) and retainer to the module.
    2. On 1996–98 models, install the inflator module by pressing it firmly into the steering wheel so that all four notched pins in the leaf spring are fully engaged. Be very careful that you do not pinch any wires.
    3. On all but 1996–98 models equipped with a air bag, install the inflator module and tighten the screws to 27 inch lbs. (3 Nm).
  11. Connect the battery ground cable and enable the SIR system (if equipneed instructions on how to rebuild steering - 87988p16.jpg Fig. 4: Remove the nut and washer from the steering shaft 87988p16.jpg
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