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steering column swap

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by big dan, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. big dan

    big dan 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Im fixin to swap a steering column from one truck to another. Ive done some search and heres what Ive found: they are from the same year and have all the same switches and plugs so it should be a direct swap. there are four bolts at the firewall and two support bolts in the dash to hold it up. and Ill have to disconnect the steering shaft. my question deals with the wiring cause I dont see any plugs going into it. where do I unplug the wires from the column? do I have to take it apart to get to the wires? I would really like to avoid taking the column apart. thanks.
     
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    k30bb468 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Pull the steering shaft ,unhook the linkage for the shifter (if it's an auto), remove the two nuts on the firewall where the column comes thru
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    then from the inside ,remove the 5 sheet metal fasteners that hold the column shroud to the firewall (at the base of the column where it goes thru the firewall),
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    now remove the two nuts that secure the column to the dash support , the column will then drop down & smack you on the head (ask me how I know :D ),
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    you will then see the plugs for the wiring harness & can remove them ( be patient with some of the clips they will break if you are not carefull ) ,
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    once you get all the wires unplugged , you can remove the column & reverse the order to install the new one :D
    Hope that helps .

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  3. chevyfumes

    chevyfumes Court jester

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    Watch for the muzzleflash!
    :haha: Yep what he said....:doah:
     
  4. big dan

    big dan 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    sweet thanks. sounds easy enough.:wink1:
     
  5. muddybuddy

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    thanks, im going to be doing this too
     
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    Pictures added for your viewing pleasure

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    4X4HIGH 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Are they both either non tilt or tilt? If one is tilt and the other is non tilt then you have to flip the wiring connector upside down in order for it to connect. I figured that out years ago when i did a non tilit to a tilt swap. The ignition switches are different between non tilt and tilt but the conncetor is the same just upside down is all.
     
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    I'm glad you said that. Would have been rather frustrating when I swap mine out.
     
  9. big dan

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    got it swapped this morning. and I also discovered you have to flip the plug over for the switch. for a second I thought I screwed something up till I realized that it was just upside down. thanks for the help.:D
     
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    That is what i posted 3 replys up. :D
     

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