Originally Posted by atldude
Hmm seemed pretty tough that old spring clip. I pulled it apart last nite and it snapped right back like nothing happened. I can try but i think it will break
It won't break. It's called the "lock plate retaining spring". You'll likely have to compress the lock plate to expose the groove that it sits in. Any decent auto parts store will have the compression tool. Some still loan them out.
As long as it's out, you may want to see what the true cause of your grind is. If that clip was loose, you'd have a lot more issues than a grinding sound.
Oh, and if you have tilt wheel, DO NOT tilt the wheel while that clip is disengaged.