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Steering Column Lockplate installation


Phisit

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My 87 Riv had a problem with the ignition lock, so thought I would go into the column and fix it. It turned out to be the cog at the end of the ignition lock had fallen off the end, and therefore did not engage with the rack. It was a simple fix, just reattached and I used a center punch to secure the cog to the lock.

I have unfortunately not had any luck getting the lockplate and split ring retainer re-installed. Using the lockplate tool to compress the lockplate, I get it only just flush with the beginning of the recess in the shaft meant for the split ring.

I am doing this with the column still attached to the car.

In the process, I have damaged the turn signal switch spring loaded tangs three times.

I must say that I am a little sick of this exercise and am thinking that I may have missed something.. Could I have the upper bearing race put together in the wrong way?

Any suggestions really appreciated.

I will also post in the Riviera forum, and see if there are any ideas. Generally the Reatta forum has a higher level of readership.

I think if my Reatta needs work onthe column I will take it to the shop!

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When I changed out the wiper switch in the Fiero, I had the same problem & now keep a spare turn signal cam with horn tower in my toolbox.

Big thing is to make sure the lock plate is rotated properly before pressing or you will have a major problem.

The bearing race cap must be pointed the right way or the whole column will wobble.

Most lock plate depressors have the feet of the U too far apart but yes even with the right tools it can be pushed in barely far enough. I tightened mine a bit in a vice. Still have been very tempted to cut a coil off the spring.

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Guest crazytrain2

Phisit,

That is a tight fit on that ring, the first few pics in the link below might be of help. I tightened that column pin lock tool down and then with a hammer and flat head screw driver tapped that retainer ring down (starting at the split ) working my way around it till it was completely on.

Hope it helps

http://buickperformance.com/tiltsteeringcolumnwobble.htm

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Do you have the steering wheel locking disc wright way up?You might need the larger U shaped tool too push down more,the small one has limited push.

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Once the spring is in bind, a bigger wrench is just going to break things.

I have found the hardest part is getting the *&%!!~!$()*^ ring off in the first place. It is a temptation to just leave the lock plate out entirely when reassembling.

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Guest crazytrain2

Your welcome Ronnie.

Phisit - If your convinced the spring is completely compressed and that it is still holding the lockplate to far up the shaft for you to install lock ring I would say take the spring and grind it down some. Then try reinstallation.

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First of all, Thanks for all the replies. I will try again next week, as I work through the weekend.

I will take some pictures of what I do. I tried to tap it in with a screwdriver already, so I am glad that crazytrain 2 validated that choice as an accepted method.

I am thinking that the spring is compressing to maximum, but the shaft is biding on the outer bearing cage. I think maybe I will try the vise here.

Again I will post the pics next week.

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