4-143. STEERING COLUMN MAINTENANCE.
This task covers:
Para. Condition Description
General Mechanics Tool Kit
4-142 Steering Wheel Removed
Steering Column (7842668)
General Safety Instructions
Transmission in (N) neutral.
Parking brake and micro-brakelock set.
Remove the nuts and washers (2) that
secure the flanged end of the steering shaft
to the flexible coupling (3).
Remove the nuts (4) and clamp (5).
Disconnect the steering column harness at
Remove the screws (6), upper cover (7),
and lower cover (8). Remove seal (9).
Remove the screws (10), nuts (11) and
Remove the steering column assembly,
If the steering shaft plastic pins have been
sheared, the shaft will rattle when struck
lightly from the side and some lash may be
felt when rotating the steering wheel while
holding the rag joint.
If the steering shaft pins are sheared
due to minor collision without serious
damage to other components, the
vehicle can be safely steered;
however steering shaft replacement
Inspect the jacket section of the column for
looseness, and/or bends.