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Unread 04-26-2008, 09:35 PM   #16
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Awesome. Sooooo...is this procedure just somehting you learned the hard way? I mean, how come everything I've read/learned through my research had me removing the steering wheel etc?

Anyway, I can't wait to work on my jeep tomorrow. Wahoooooo. Thanks again Pat!

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Unread 04-26-2008, 09:47 PM   #17
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I've been a mechanic for 40+ years and I learned a thing or two in that time.
I started out knowing nothing and I made my fair share of mistakes, but I listened and learned from the more experienced guys.
Never be afraid to ask questions, thats how we learn.
BTW there is no such thing as a stupid question.
Any mechanic worth his salt will be more than willing to share his knowledge with a greenie.
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Awesome. Sooooo...is this procedure just somehting you learned the hard way? I mean, how come everything I've read/learned through my research had me removing the steering wheel etc?

Anyway, I can't wait to work on my jeep tomorrow. Wahoooooo. Thanks again Pat!
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Unread 04-26-2008, 11:09 PM   #18
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Also, the two screws that hold the switch on top of the column should be 7mm head. I didn't drop the column when I replaced mine, but that definately would've made it easier.
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Unread 04-27-2008, 07:14 AM   #19
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You are the man Pat. Thank you so much for your time and knowledge, which, lucky for all of us, you share so freely.

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Unread 04-27-2008, 09:21 AM   #20
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Pat, are you around?

I've remove to two bolts, but the steering wheel doesn't move very far. Am I supposed to disconnect the column U-joint? I'm thinking doing so will allow me to pull the column out enough that it will lay on the seat.
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Unread 04-27-2008, 09:35 AM   #21
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Loosen the clamp (Bracket) at the bottom of the column and it should drop down.
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Pat, are you around?

I've remove to two bolts, but the steering wheel doesn't move very far. Am I supposed to disconnect the column U-joint? I'm thinking doing so will allow me to pull the column out enough that it will lay on the seat.
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Unread 04-27-2008, 09:56 AM   #22
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thanks pat, that's exactly what we did. It pulls out a little further (approx 2 inches), but there's some kind of metal piece that's inserted into the column, which doesn't allow it to pull out much further. Do you know what this is? SHould I take a photo?
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Unread 04-27-2008, 10:00 AM   #23
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You don't need to take the column all the way out, just drop it down to make it easier to get on top of it.
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Unread 04-27-2008, 10:07 AM   #24
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yeah, I see what you mean timatoe.

I can get to the switch, but my little fingers are going to have to work hard at removing it.
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Unread 04-27-2008, 10:12 AM   #25
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That would help.
If you remove the bolts from the lower bracket it should drop down quite a bit
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thanks pat, that's exactly what we did. It pulls out a little further (approx 2 inches), but there's some kind of metal piece that's inserted into the column, which doesn't allow it to pull out much further. Do you know what this is? SHould I take a photo?
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Unread 05-20-2013, 07:26 PM   #26
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stuck

I've got a 90 yj 5spd and it just didn't start. Solenoid clicked but starter wouldn't turn. I took the whole starter and battery to AutoZone and they're good so I'm sure its the switch. I dropped the column and detached the switch housing from the column. But I can't get the wires disconnected or get the housing up closer to get any leverage. I have taken off part of the dash and left the steering wheel on. What am I doing wrong? Thanks in advance.
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Unread 05-21-2013, 01:41 PM   #27
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If the solenoid clicks when you turn the key I would have to think the ignition switch is doing its job. Check starter ground
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Unread 05-21-2013, 05:59 PM   #28
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still lost

Starter ground is fine. Everything else hooks up right. I finally got to the switch and now I can't figure out what the hell these two metal rods are running down the column
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Unread 05-21-2013, 06:16 PM   #29
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One on left is actuator for dimmer switch. One on right operates ignition switch I believe.
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Unread 05-21-2013, 06:54 PM   #30
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Yep thanks. Problem now is how is the rod supposed to engage the switch. Haynes is no help.
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