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Need the tool to compress the spring to insert keeper washer on the upper part of the steering column where the steering wheel is on my 1979 Dodge w150 with tilt wheel.

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OK. I'm sure any auto parts store will have one.

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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
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  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.
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  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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My turn signals and brake lights no longer are working I checked all the fuses and they are fine. I didnt know if there was some kind of relay located near the fuse box, that may be shot?


there is no relay for the brakes but there is separate flasher for the signals. Your problem is more likely a wiring or switch issue, as these systems use the same bulbs. Check the wiring at the back of the truck. If someone put a trailer connection in there, that might be the problem. If not, the stop light wires go up the steering column to the turn switch and then back down to the lights. I have pasted your wiring diagram below and also instructions for getting to the switch in the steering column. This requires a couple special tools that you may be able to rent or borrow. Sorry this is not good news...

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  • Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  • Remove the steering column trim.
  • Remove the horn pad from the steering wheel.
    • Remove the steering wheel and horn collar.
    • Use a suitable puller to remove the steering wheel.
    • With a suitable compressor, compress the preload spring to the lock plate. Compress the spring only enough to remove the snap ring.
    • Use a pick and a small flat blade screwdriver to remove the snap ring.
    • Remove the lock plate, horn contact carrier, and spring.
    • Remove the bolts at the upper steering column support and the upper mounting bracket from the column.
    • Disconnect the turn signal wiring connector.
    • Wrap tape around the wire and connector.
    • Remove the hazard warning knob from the column.
    • Remove the switch retaining screws and remove the switch.

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    1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    2. Refer to the Steering Wheel, Removal and Installation procedures in this section and remove the steering wheel.
    3. If necessary, remove the steering column-to-lower instrument panel cover. Disengage the electrical harness connector from the steering column jacket (under the dash).
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. Using a small prybar, carefully pry the snapring from the steering shaft slot.

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    2. Remove the multi-function lever-to-switch screw and the lever.
    3. To remove the hazard warning switch, press the knob inward and unscrew it.
    4. Remove the turn signal switch assembly-to-steering column screws.
    5. 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.
    1. To remove the harness cover, pull it toward the lower end of the column; be careful not to damage the wires.
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    • Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    • Remove the steering column trim.
    • Remove the horn pad from the steering wheel.
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    • Remove the steering wheel and horn collar.
    • Use a suitable puller to remove the steering wheel.
    • With a suitable compressor, compress the preload spring to the lock plate. Compress the spring only enough to remove the snap ring.
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    • Remove the lock plate, horn contact carrier, and spring.
    • Remove the bolts at the upper steering column support and the upper mounting bracket from the column.
    • Disconnect the turn signal wiring connector.
    • Wrap tape around the wire and connector.
    • Remove the hazard warning knob from the column.
    • Remove the switch retaining screws and remove the switch.
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    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.
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    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.

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    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.
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      • 1984-86: Two detent positions, clockwise, beyond OFF/LOCK.
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    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.
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    1. Disconnect battery ground cable.
    2. Remove steering wheel as outlined under STEERING WHEEL procedure.
    3. Using a screwdriver, pry cover from housing.
    4. Using lock plate compressing No. J-23653 or equivalent, compress lock plate, and pry snap ring from groove on shaft, Fig. 5. Slowly release lock plate compressing tool, then remove tool and lock plate from shaft end.
    5. Slide canceling cam and upper bearing preload spring from end of shaft.
    6. Remove turn signal (multi-function) lever.
    7. Remove hazard warning knob retaining screw, button, spring and knob.
    8. Remove pivot arm.
    9. Wrap upper part of electrical connector with tape to prevent snagging of wires during switch removal.
    10. Remove switch retaining screws and pull switch up from column, guiding wire harness through column.
    11. Reverse procedure to install.



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    2. Remove buzzer switch and spring clip. On 1990-92 models, ignition key must be removed from lock to remove buzzer switch. On 1991-92 models, switch and spring clip are one assembly.
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    This is the most common problem with this type of steering column and it becomes loose by using the steering wheel to get in and out of the car. The answer here is general and there will be some slight differences as it pertains to your car.
    I have been asked where to get a good blow up drawing of the column and the problem is that even the service manuals don't tell you all you need to know.
    You will need to purchase or rent at a parts store a steering wheel puller. A lock plate compression tool and a pivot pin removal tool.

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    I don't know of a good blow up. Commonly factory service manuals will have you take apart things that are not supposed to come apart. The bearings are most likely not the problem but the 4 yoke bolts are. They commonly come loose by grabbing the steering wheel to get in.
    Remove the horn pad (7 mm or 9/32 either will work on the back of the steering wheel. Push downward on cancel cam tower and turn counter clockwise. The horn wire is now disconnected. Remove 13/16 steering wheel nut. Index marks may be hard to see. Take a screwdriver and put on upper shaft and tap. Put adjoining mark on wheel if these factory marks can't be seen. It is for reassembly and so that the steering wheel is put on the way it was taken off. Never use a hammer on the upper shaft to remove steering wheel!Install puller using 2(2) 5/16x 16 x 3 bolts. Draw the wheel off. Install rented lock plate removal tool. Note the position for reassembly. Compress lock plate down and remove snap ring by holding one side with a flat blade screwdriver. Insert an ice pick awl at the ring opening and bring upward. Remove lock plate. Take note for reassembly that lock plate only fits one way om the splines. There is a matching broach (Tooth missing on lock plate and spline missing on shaft. Pull off cancel cam and upper shaft spring. Take a small Phillips and push in on the 4 way flasher and unscrew. Hold together while unscrewing so it does not fall apart on you. Take a Phillips and remove the turn signal screws and the turn signal pivot. Pay attention to how this pivot slides in the groove of the wiper switch.

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    Remove the screws from the panel under the steering column.--- The shift bowl is located where you shift the transmission. Below the bowl leading under the dash is the lower shift bowl shroud. On the passenger side of the shift bowl under the dash will be a clip and string. Remove the clip by pulling it off the lower bowl shroud. You are doing this so you don't wreck the PRNDL.
    Under the dash remove the (2) 9/16 nuts that hold the steering column bracket on. Remove the (4)1/2" bolts that hold the bracket to the column. Underneath the dash on the passenger side of the steering column will be a plastic sleeve holding the wiring. Pull away from column and the downward. Don't worry about the gray thin shroud. That's just for the cruise wire which when putting back together can be installed in the main black plastic shroud.
    Push upward on turn signal wiring from its column bracket. You may no have to disconnect any wiring. Go back to top of steering column. Remove (3) #2 Phillips screws. Make sure keys are not in ignition lock. Take hook tool and grab edge of key buzzer and pull upward. Steel retainer spring will fall out for key buzzer when you remove upper cover. Watch for it. Its about an inch long, doubled up piece of black spring steel. Set to side when you get that far. Next remove the ignition lock cylinder by inserting a screwdriver into the clip at the rear of the lock inside the steering column. Pull lock out. Pull upper cover upward and let hang by wiring. You will find at the tilt lever there is another part to the upper cover. Look for a piece of white plastic with a circular end that slides on the inside of the cover (left side). This is called the high beam actuator. Leave the tilt lever and end cap attached. Tilt the bearing housing to full upward tilt. Insert a Phillips into the square hole in the tilt spring retainer cap. Push down and turn counter clockwise. Grab spring and retainer and remove.
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