1983 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency Brougham Steering General Motors Steering Columns Removal & Installation
Filed Under (Other Manuals) by auhow on 02-01-2012
Removal & installation caution: when working on a collapsible steering column, do not bump or hammer on column components. With column removed from mounts, it is extremely susceptible to impact damage. A slight impact on column end may collapse steering shaft or loosen plastic injections which maintain column rigidity. When removing steering wheel, use a puller but do not hammer on puller to aid removal. Removal 1. Center steering wheel. Disconnect negative battery cable. Remove steering coupling shield (if equipped). Disconnect steering shaft at flexible coupling or pot joint. Note coupling bolt size and location and mark shafts for reassembly reference. 2. For vehicles with a universal joint and intermediate shaft, disconnect flex coupling and remove shaft. Disconnect column shift linkage from lever(s). 3. Remove steering wheel for removal clearance (if necessary). Remove column trim pads, shrouds and instrument panel covers as required. Disconnect all electrical wiring to steering column and vacuum lines. 4. If equipped with automatic parking brake release on column. Disconnect shift quadrant cable or link from column shift bowl (if equipped). Move seat back as far as possible to provide removal clearance. Do not remove upper support first, as column may bend under its own weight. 5. Remove floor pan trim cover and column lower supports. Remove bolts attaching upper bracket to column. Note number and position of shims for reinstallation. 6. Remove column bracket fasteners and lower column. Disconnect wiring from ignition switch, turn signal switch and neutral start switch (if equipped). Carefully remove column guiding column shift levers through firewall. Installation note: correct column installation is important to prevent stress on collapsible components during mounting. 1. Install upper column mounting bracket on column and tighten screws. Install toe pan seals over column (if equipped). Install column assembly through floor pan, align steering shaft marks, engage coupling and tighten bolts. Note: 2. Raise column and connect all electrical wiring and vacuum hoses (if equipped) between column and body. Loosely install bracket fasteners to hold column to instrument panel support. Install lower column toe pan seals, toe pan, clamp or screws. Tighten bolts and screws as required. 3. Connect shift quadrant cable or link. With steering shaft coupling bolts tight and toe pan bolts tight, tighten upper column bracket-to-instrument panel support fasteners.