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How does the steering column come apart on chevys? My brother has a bad turn signal switch on his Chevelle. I cant figure out how to take it apart to replece/repair the switch. The outer sleeve is all 1 piece. I assume I need to oull the steering wheel.
 

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You need a steering wheel puller and a lock ring compressor.
Pull the wheel.
Take loose the tone ring for the horn and watch the spring. The contact for the horn you push down a 1/4 inch and turn a 1/4 tun counter clockwise.
You will find a wire clip around the column shaft to retain the plate at this point. The Lock plate compressor screews onto the threads for the steering wheel nut and has a fork that will compress the lock plat allowing you to get that clip off.
That will get you down to the turn signal section. Under the dash unplug the harness. You may have to remove a couple of the bolts that hold the colom to the dash to get enough room to let the harness plug slide out. Some years also have a protective sleave that will be held down by the column bolts. Be carefull not to pull on the steering once those bolts are off. You can bend the plate where it passes through the floor and it will not seal after that.
Then remove the screws that hold the mechnisim in after poping the stalk off it should come right out.
It's about a 45 minute and 1 <IMG SRC="smilies/beer.gif" border="0"> job if you got a screew gun and air ratchet.
Ohh and you can rent the compressor and the puller from Autozone or NAPA.
There was a change in the mid 70's and the plugs may not fit together. Check this before installing the new one. The connectors on the wires are the same and you can take a small screew driver (like micro) and pop them out and put the old plug on the new unit.

[ 09-22-2001: Message edited by: Grim Reaper ]
 

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That's a very accurate description the reaper gave you. I'll just add that whatever you have to do to get hold of a lock ring compressor, do it. I tried making this same repair without one and spent all afternoon fighting it because I didn't feel like running to town. Got it apart but couldn't put it back together without the compressor anyway. Never was known to be the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree!
 

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Thanks for the help. It turned out to be something else. I will save these instructions for whenever I feel like doing my truck <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0">
 
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