Steering wheel column loose, how do i tighten it
The same thing happened on my 1988 Deville. There are 3 Torx screws underneath the turn signal switch that are notorious for
coming loose of time in many GM cars that have the same steering column.
Its a tedious job, lots of small parts that are easy to lose.
And lay the parts out on the ground in the order you took
them out and with the side of the part that goes out facing up.
This will save a lot of trouble.
Here are the basic steps:
1) Make sure the steering wheel is locked and wheels are pointed straight ahead before you start, helps to align everything right when putting parts back together. Leave the
key in the ignition lock
2) Remove horn pad, attached with 2 screws on the back of the
steering wheel. 8mm I think.
3) Release the wire going to the horn. You rotate it and pull
it out. Pill of the horn pad.
4) Remove the steering wheel retaining nut. Pull the steering
wheel. You need a steering wheel puller thats a loaner tool
from Autozone. Remove the 2 spacers that are on top of
a star looking plastic thing, thats the snap ring retainer.
Underneath it is a snap ring that needs to be removed
to remove the spring/other parts under it.
5) The you need to get a steering wheel lock plate puller from auto zone to compress that spring to allow you to remove the snap ring.
6) Carefully look at how every part is oriented before removing
it at this point. Turn the turn signal to the right turn position.
7) Remove the 3 screws that attach the turn signal switch,
1 screw and metal piece that connect the turn signal switch
to the turn signal lever. Remove the screw that holds on the
the hazard flasher knob.
You have to remove everything down to the point where the
steering wheel tilts.
Heres actually a tutorial I found online that will help you.
The huy in the tutorial is putting the column together,
so you should start near the bottom of the page.
But you need to get 3 tools that people dont commonly
A steering wheel pivot pin puller, a steering wheel puller,
and a steering wheel lock plate remover. You can borrow
the last 2 from autozone. The pivot pin remover I got at Oreillys
for around $10.
Any questions or need help, I check this page again.
But i will warn you that this is difficult, so if you have any doubts dont do this! But you can do it if you put some effort in.
May 12, 2011 |
1988 Cadillac Fleetwood