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Old 01-31-2010, 10:16 PM   #1
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I have an 86 Pontiac Bonneville that I love.

When I got her 4 years ago, she had a strange issue where the horn honked sometimes, all by itself, usually when I turned to the right. But it wasn't a big deal.

Just yesterday, the turn indicators stopped automatically deactivating.

Then today, when I was making a turn, there was suddenly resistance that I had to apply force to the steering wheel to overcome. This is bad - I don't want to drive it til i straighten it out.

I tried, but I can't figure out how to disassemble the steering column housing to see what'* happening.

When I turn the steering wheel I can hear something catching.

Whatever it is, it'* within a couple inches of the steering wheel, it isn't anything forward of the firewall, I'm certain of this.

But how do I remove the housing on the steering column?

Help!!!



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Online procedure says:

-Remove the clamp bolt from the steering coupling at the lower end of the steering column shaft (located near the steering box, under the hood).

what'* a "clamp bolt"?

-Disconnect the shift linkage from the shift tube lever at the lower end of the column.

-Remove the steering wheel with a puller, as described above.

Where is it described, "above"? Whats a "puller"?

-Remove the left sound insulator and lower column cover.

-Remove the trim cap or lower trim panel from the instrument panel, depending on equipment.

-Remove the steering column cover and toe-pan attaching screws. Remove the shift indicator needle from the shift bowl.

Securely support the column in position and remove the two nuts attaching the column to the underside of the instrument panel.

-Lower the column carefully, being careful to retain any spacers that may have been used in order.

-Disconnect the wiring. Then, carefully remove the column from the inside of the vehicle.


Ok, gotta find diagram, wait a sec.

oh hey, there'* videos!
wuhu!

maybe all is not lost.

still, looks like very recent model in video, not my beloved 1986 girl.

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Watched all the vids, this problem isn't directly addressed.

Closest is "clunks" during turns, but I can't find a diagram showing where the "steering column bolts" are.

How does one remedy a "misaligned column"?

All I want to do is disassemble the steering column to see whats happening - the online info doesn't show this.

Appreciate some help here, guys ...

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