Originally Posted by Charliebonn
Other pressing ....i.e. the Windshield wiper switch.
Yep, I found out what the broken part was, and got a "new" replacement, from the dealer, as I had said instead of going to the recycler ( aka...junk yard ). Price was not too bad. $43.00 + tax. Funny though the plastic parts were OK.. But the metal bracket is what was broken.
Also got the wheel puller, and set of Torx screwdrivers, and will tackle the job this weekend.
I guess this post should go under "Mechanical"... as opposed to here..
Well, Today is Saturday, and I began tackling the new switch install.
All I'll say is I think it'* worth it to have the dealer make this repair.
Air Bag has to be disabled. and removed.... Battery disconnected,
There are a number of small parts.... springs rods, plastic pieces,and levers, that fall out of the column....
Now whether they belong there, or were stuffed in there by P.O'* kids is another question.
Some parts look like they belong to "Leggo'*" building blocks, others ball point pens... For some, I haven't a clue.
Have to sort 'em all out..
They make no mention of the Steering column lock, it'* spring loaded pin, and a split ring keeper, that'* a
real P.I.T.A. to remove from a groove in the shaft, while the compression tool is in place.
Also... the connector for the part, isn't conveniently located (as shown in Haynes) on the clip attached to the column,
but rather, up above the drivers side fuse panel, close to the firewall. with very little slack, Impossible
to get good leverage on. I don't know how I'm ever going to fit the connector part inside the column,
( Haynes says "when you pull the old one out, attach a piece of wire to it to facillitate insertion of the replacement".)
Yeah! Right!... There'* barely enough room for the wiring alone, never mind a connector too!
Now it'* not like I haven't ever worked on cars before...
Been doing this car stuff for almost 50 years.
Just suffice to know it is NOT a job for a novice, to tackle...
It'* gotten too dark to work now, so I'll .......hopefully....... finish it tomorrow.