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Steering Shaft Removal - SOS!


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After searching FAQ and not finding an answer, i need some help in removing the steering shaft.  I have the shaft separated from the flex coupling.  The shaft will pull out about 2" and then stop as if there was a pin or some other type of limiter.  When I pull hard into the stop, the sound appears to come from the area of the ignition switch.  I confirmed that there is no other obstruction from the engine side of the firewall. The Haynes manual suggests it should just slide out of the column once the shaft is removed from the flex coupling. 


I will send video/pictures later if it helps.





1976 2002



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Are you trying to pull the shaft out of the tube, leaving the tube in the  car?  I've always unbolted the whole mess...


You've found the clip at the top of the tube if you get 2", and the steering lock SHOULD also be free

if you've gotten that far.  And I can't imagine you haven't pulled the flange ears off the bottom of the shaft...


Hmmm, it might be pic time.




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Looks like you are close. 


The remaining cup needs to be freed from the shaft. 


The 4 small irregular shaped areas under the cup allow some sort of wedge in place to separate the two parts.


Once separated the shaft should come out all the way.



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once column was out of car, used shaft to bang out bearing from column. Make sure the key is in on so not to damage steering lock. 


Bearing came apart when coming out of column, had to grind edge of bearing carrier so locking ring could fit. 


Here is final picture


thanks to all for the help. 







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