Steering Column Removal and Installation

SRS components are located in this area. Review the SRS component locations and precautions and procedures in the SRS section before performing repairs or service.


1.Record the radio station presets, and disconnect the battery.

2.Remove the driver's airbag assembly and the steering wheel.

3.Remove the driver's dashboard lower covers.

4.Remove the column covers (A).


5.Disconnect the wire harness connectors from the combination switch assembly (B).

6.Remove the combination switch assembly from the steering column shaft by removing the screw (C) on the top of the combination switch.

7.Disconnect the connectors from the ignition switch, and release the wire harness clips from the steering column.

8.Disconnect the steering joint (D), and remove it from the column shaft.

9.Remove the steering column (E) by removing the attaching nuts and bolts.


1.Install the steering column in the reverse order of removal, and note these items:

  • Take care not to let the sliding capsules fall out of the position during column installation.
  • Make sure the wires are not caught or pinched by any parts.

2.Insert the upper end of the steering joint onto the steering shaft (A) (line up the bolt hole (B) with the flat portion (C) on the shaft).


3.Slip the lower end of the steering joint onto the pinion shaft (D) (line up the bolt hole with the groove (E) around the shaft), and loosely install the lower joint bolt. Be sure that the lower joint bolt is securely in the groove in the pinion shaft.

4.Pull on the steering joint to make sure that the steering joint is fully seated. Then install the upper joint bolt and tighten it. Tighten the lower joint bolt to specified torque.

5.Finish the installation, and note these items: