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Steering column - removal, inspection and refitting
Suspension and steering systems / Steering column - removal, inspection and refitting


Warning: All models are equipped with an air bag system. Make sure that the safety
recommendations given in Chapter 12 are followed, to prevent personal injury.

Removal
1 Disconnect the battery negative (earth) lead (refer to Chapter 5, Section 1).

Warning: Before proceeding, wait a minimum of 15 minutes, as a precaution against accidental firing of the air bag unit. This period ensures that any stored energy in the back-up capacitor is dissipated.

2 Turn the steering wheel so that the front wheels are in the straight-ahead position.

3 Remove the ignition key, then turn the steering wheel slightly as necessary until the steering lock engages.

4 Unscrew the screws, and remove the steering column lower and upper shrouds. As the lower shroud is being removed, it will be necessary to remove the rubber ring from the ignition switch/steering lock (see illustrations).

28.4A Unscrew the screws from the lower shroud . . .
28.4A Unscrew the screws from the lower shroud . . .

28.4B . . . remove the rubber ring . . .
28.4B . . . remove the rubber ring . . .

28.4C . . . and remove the lower shroud
28.4C . . . and remove the lower shroud

28.4D Upper shroud retaining screws (arrowed)
28.4D Upper shroud retaining screws (arrowed)

28.4E Removing the upper shroud
28.4E Removing the upper shroud

5 Remove the driverТs side lower facia panel (see Chapter 11).

6 Unscrew the clamp plate bolt securing the steering column shaft to the flexible coupling.

Swivel the clamp plate around, and disengage it from the flexible coupling stub (see illustrations).

28.6A Unscrew the clamp plate bolt . . .
28.6A Unscrew the clamp plate bolt . . .

28.6B . . . and swivel the clamp plate around
28.6B . . . and swivel the clamp plate around

7 Release the cable tie from the wiring loom at the steering column, and disconnect the multi-plugs (see illustrations).

28.7A Disconnecting the multi-plug from the ignition switch
28.7A Disconnecting the multi-plug from the ignition switch

28.7B Disconnecting the small multi-plug . . .
28.7B Disconnecting the small multi-plug . . .

28.7C . . . and main multi-plug from the steering column
28.7C . . . and main multi-plug from the steering column

8 Unscrew and remove the steering column mounting bolts, then slide the column upwards to disengage the retaining tab from the groove in the cross-beam bracket, and withdraw it from inside the vehicle (see illustrations).

28.8A Steering column mounting bolt locations (arrowed)
28.8A Steering column mounting bolt locations (arrowed)

28.8B Removing the steering column
28.8B Removing the steering column

Inspection
9 With the steering column removed, check the universal joints for wear, and examine the column upper and lower shafts for any signs of damage or distortion (see illustration).

28.9 Steering column and universal joint
28.9 Steering column and universal joint

Where evident, the column should be renewed complete.

10 Examine the height adjustment lever mechanism for wear and damage (see illustration).

28.10 Height adjustment lever mechanism
28.10 Height adjustment lever mechanism

11 With the steering lock disengaged, turn the inner column, and check the upper and lower bearings for smooth operation. The bearings are obtainable separately, and should be renewed if necessary. Dismantling and reassembly of the column assembly is a relatively easy operation.

Refitting
12 Locate the steering column on its bracket, making sure that the tab slides down into the groove correctly.

13 Insert the mounting bolts and tighten to the specified torque (see illustration).

28.13 Tightening the steering column mounting bolts
28.13 Tightening the steering column mounting bolts

14 Reconnect the multi-plugs, and secure the wiring loom with the cable tie.

15 Locate the steering column shaft on the flexible coupling, swivel the clamp plate round, then insert the bolt and tighten to the specified torque.

16 Refit the driverТs side lower trim panel.

17 Refit the steering column upper and lower shrouds.

18 Reconnect the battery negative lead.


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