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Old 07-31-2011, 01:14 AM
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need help on HOUSING STEERING COLUMN removal

I am replacing the turn signal switch and the and the wiper switch on my 1989 jeep Wrangler YJ. I pulled the steering wheel removed the tun signal switch and the ignition & removed the 4 bolts then it says. then it says remove shroud however it will not come a part .

any ideas looks like a gear for the ignition and the spring loaded silver part top center of column and a rod running don the shaft are the problem please lend a hand if you can

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Exclamation photo update



here is a photo of the situation

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Old 07-31-2011, 12:12 PM   #3
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i have posted twice for info on turn signal lever replacement with no luck. i think what you are looking at is the steering wheel lock? check other side of steering wheel to see if it lines up?
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Old 07-31-2011, 12:22 PM
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were you ever able to separate the shroud ? the lock lever (Steering wheel lock) on the other side ? what should I do with that ? it looks like the ignition is connected to a rod that runs down the column and has a gear with teeth that is stopping us from removing it
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I'm in the exact same situation. If anyone has any hints, please speak up! That d*mn plastic shroud will not come off for anything. The link above looks like it's for an auto with tilt (?) and is not the same animal.
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Exclamation still need help

That is correct the one they show is not the same as the one in my photo...any help would be much appreciated
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i never had the shroud off or i could not get the dam thing off (i know what i said) please when you do compleat the project let us know what and how you did it. pictures would be great. its too bad that the lever was not a big pair of boobs or hooked up to a sub woofer then everyboby would have something to say. i also have a full size bronco and when you ask questions you get 15 people who help with links or answers maybe give them a try its not uncommon for people to have both cars.
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I am replacing the turn signal switch and the and the wiper switch on my 1989 jeep Wrangler YJ. I pulled the steering wheel removed the tun signal switch and.......

You are replacing the turn signal switch, and wiper switch (located on the turn signal stalk).

You have the old parts off already, yet your convinced you need to remove more from your Jeep?

Put the new ones on and be done with it, your doing WAY more then needed. If you think you have to remove more to run the wiring, you dont, just feed it down, it will go eventually....

That link Stimpy posted, is interesting, but they are replacing the pivot/tightening the bolts that always back out, for an adjustable steering column, you dont have all that....

UNLESS you were not clear about what you are actually after in this tear down, but from the information you provided, Id like to know WHY you want that removed, there may be a shortcut that negates you taking this off.
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X2 what 2xs said....
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have you replaced the turn signal lever without removing the shroud????????
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have you replaced the turn signal lever without removing the shroud????????

many times, theres a little screw that holds a hinge assembly that holds it on.



then PULL the switch assembly out of the pivot.



its a GM column and they are all the same....
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solved the issue last night... had to remove the entire column... then the shroud could be taken apart...sorry no photos as i was not in my garage...The shroud has screw on the underside that allow you to separate them... the rest was pretty straight forward...

reason I had to pull it down that far was the wiper switch was broken off inside the controller and the previous owner tried to repair it with GLUE... but everything is working now...this weekend brake job!

Oh Yea Thank you all for the help...

anyone have a good line on where to get the Factory Manual for a 1989 Jeep
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thanks 2xs the pictures were great when i changed my turn signal switch i missed that screw.
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solved the issue last night... had to remove the entire column... then the shroud could be taken apart...sorry no photos as i was not in my garage...The shroud has screw on the underside that allow you to separate them... the rest was pretty straight forward...

reason I had to pull it down that far was the wiper switch was broken off inside the controller and the previous owner tried to repair it with GLUE... but everything is working now...this weekend brake job!

Oh Yea Thank you all for the help...

anyone have a good line on where to get the Factory Manual for a 1989 Jeep
I'm glad I found this thread. I just bought an '89 Wrangler with wipers that don't work, and it looks like I'll have to replace the wiper switch as well.
You can get the Haynes manual from several sources online. I just placed an order for a used copy of Haynes 1987-1995 Wrangler repair manual on Amazon.com.
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if you can take pictures and post them this problem comes up often and will help other people.
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This is a huge help! Thanks for the find.
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Old 12-24-2011, 11:43 AM   #18
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So does anyone know how to get the bronze thing off that's under the steering wheel?
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If you can take a pic that seems to help....if its the part the wheel attaches to you need a puller
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Thanks this will help with my high/low beam issue
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I to had to replace the wiper switch on my 1989 Wrangler. Yes you do have to remove the entire steering column from the jeep and take it apart on the bench. The plastic shroud that covers the switch can only be removed from the back side and the column has to be out to get at the screws that hold it on. To get the column out you have to remove the dash shrouds, disconnect the two wire plugs from the switches at the bottom of the column, 6 bolts where the column attaches to the floor board, the one bolt that holds the the the shafts together under the hood and the 2 bolts that hold the column to the dash. Then the column will pull out. Since you have to take pretty much the whole column apart go over everything and rebuild as needed before you put it back in.
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I bought a factory service manual for my 92 off ebay.Bishko auto literature.comes on a cd .paid about $35.00...russ
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I wanted to thank all of you for contributing this information. It was extremely valuable when we replaced both the turn signal and wiper switch on my son's recently acquired '89 Wrangler. Great forum and great information.

Just an FYI, when I re-assembled the column I failed to notice that the steering shaft itself was collapsible and to make everything fit I didn't bring the steering wheel end through all the way. I had to take it back apart to get it right.

Another helpful hint; AutoZone will loan you the lock plate compression tool you need to get to the turn signal switch.

Thanks again to all.

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Great info!
Are you guys replacing the wiper switch because they're not working?
I only ask because my wipers work on low but stop on high,
I just assumed there was a relay box?
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I removed - the 4 bolts that are supposed to connect the shrould. I decided to not go there and I cannot reattach the bolts. I put them in the holes and they go straight to the bottom. It seems like there are no nuts or threaded connections for the bolts to connect to. I am totally lost and don't have a clue.Is there any HELP out there. Please and THANK YOU.
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There is a metal plate that those 4 screws attach too if you did not pull the steering column all the way out then you probably heard it fall and make a sound hitting the column. It is a Pain in the butt however you have two options flip the column upside down and feed one of the screws in letting gravity hold the metal plate in place or get some help.

It actually is easy once you understand it but a major pain in the butt the first 10 times you take it apart.

Lastly you can epoxy the metal plate in place if you want so it never falls loose again.

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thanks and help

thanks for the help and the education. but as i was putting this together, something happened. a bearing popped out of the shaft. it st under the big springcame out in two pieces and the bearings. i ve searched aftermarket outlets and even a dealership. NOBODY has them.i call it the upper bearing on the steering column but everyone keeps showing me the lower bearing. not what i need. it is near the top of the shaft just under the big spring in the shroud. the dealership doesn't even have the part in their system. any help and or education would be most gratefully accepted. THANK YOU.
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Old 01-23-2020, 06:27 PM   #28
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I'm at a similar point. I'm trying to remove the shroud to replace my worn rack and sector gear. But I cant get it off. Is the bearing on the shaft stopping it or the rack itself. It's a non tilt gm column. No air bags. No multifunction switch. 95 yj. And help would be greatly appreciated
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I replaced the sector gear last month and just removed and replaced it by using long needle nose pliers thru the ignition switch opening. No need to remove the housing.

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Yea the sector gear is no problem. It's the rack I needed to get to. But I figured it out today. Removed housing replaced it and reassembled without ever removing the column. Thanks for the quick response though.
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