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Steering Column removal

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BowtieRed, Aug 30, 2003.

  1. BowtieRed

    BowtieRed 1/2 ton status Author

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    Ok, i took the steernig column hanger off right behind the wheel and the clamp behind the firewall. Do i now have to take the rag joint apart? and what about the transmission linkage? how do i disconnect it? sorry for all the questions, but i gotta get this SM465 in by tuesday.

    thanks all,
    Bowtie
     
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    cybrfire 1 ton status Vendor GMOTM Winner

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    yep undo the rag joint and disconnect the trans linkage where it connects to the steering column. There is a keeper ring on the back side. remove the keeper and push it out. Don't forget the wiring harness that is attached to the steering column.
     
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    I'm still in the process of switching columns for taking my SM465 out in favor of putting in a automatic.

    It's a pain in the a$$!!
     
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    Why remove the column? Is it necessary?
     
  5. BowtieRed

    BowtieRed 1/2 ton status Author

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    to accesss the pedal asssembly in order to attach the clutch pedal and master cylinder to the firewall the steering column must be removed.

    Now HOW do i remove the shift linkage??
     
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    on the column(the end thats through the firewall) u should see a long shaft coming from underneath the truck up to a little arm on the column. theres just a litle cotter key you pull outa there and thatll take it right of. and if you want to take the rest of it off there is a bolt that holds that long shaft to the other arm which connects to the tranny. not much to it really.
     
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    Ahh ok hydro clutch I see now.

    Yeah it's easy the rod is right on the outside of the column near the firewall. You'll see it, it's cake to remove.
     
  8. BowtieRed

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    i see the rod, but i have to remove the arm that pushes the rod to get it through the firewall. and the rag joint isn't going to fit through either. HELP i'm doing it right now!
     
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    HELLO!? HELP!
     
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    You need to remove about 10 bolts on the plate that seals the fire wall up. Once you do that, there will be a big opening and the column will easily fit through it.
     
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    I'll elaborate a bit.

    Pull back the carpet and then remove any insulation around the base of the column right at the firewall. You will se an eliptical piece of metal about 10 inches by 6 inches (that sounds familiar /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif ) remove the bolts, 10mm I think, and the whole plate will come loose from the firewall. It will come out with the column. Once you get in there, you'll see how easy it is.

    Good luck
     
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    THANK YOU SO MUCH!
     
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    yea..lots of little hidden things but all in all its pretty sinchy..
     

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