Originally Posted by J Wikoff
Here'* a couple shots of what came out of my column
Well I can help ya here...
In the FSM, fig 1, page 3F5A-2 it'* part # 44, and has a spring # 45
This piece also fell out on me when I replaced the wiper switch
( no direct relationship there, it'* just in the same proximity )
Off with the airbag, wheel, SIR coil, Turn signal switch, Ign key cylinder,
multi function switch lever housing, and finally.... You'll see where this piece fits.
look for the grease....
It only works in one position.....
Opposite the way you have it in the pics, is the way it goes against the column.
Large Curved edge, towards the floor.
The Multi Function lever, presses against this piece, which "floats", above and against the
spring (# 45) and against the side of the steering column.
Easier to see than explain.
Use a piece of masking tape to hold it in position, while you reassemble the surrounding parts( all of which could fall out of position as you reassemble)
.....I had to do it 5 times, before I got angry enough to go get some tape.
The masking tape can remain forever... if you like.
Don't try Duct tape...tho...it'* too strong.
Good luck, and please don't try doing this without a manual for your own safety.
There are procedures for disconnecting and handling the airbag, (Page 3F3, and 3F4)
which must be followed, or it could go off in your face, doing serious damage..