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Unread 04-21-2013, 08:20 PM   #1
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Steering column, retainer clip behind the wheel

So been hearing this slight rubbing noise when i turn the wheel for years and finally decided to do something about it lol
Turns out the retaining clip thats behind the steering wheel and holds a gear resembling plate - seems like a metal circular clip - i think called a retainer clip.. Well it's been deformed somehow. Not sure how but it's pushing the gear looking plate (maybe a blinker canceling plate of some sort) at a very small angle and need to get a new one.

Been trying to locate on in the usual places, but can't for some odd reason. Does anyone know where i can find one?

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Unread 04-21-2013, 08:24 PM   #2
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This is the clip.. Sorry just not sure what it is called:


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Unread 04-21-2013, 08:36 PM   #3
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You can probably just bend it back. It rides in a groove just make sure you get it seated in their.
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Unread 04-22-2013, 05:31 AM   #4
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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
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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.
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Unread 04-22-2013, 06:55 AM   #6
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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.
Yup did that last nite. The problem was that the clip was deformed and the lock plate was sitting at a slight angle because of it. Just wasn't flush with the groove. So thats why i wanted to get a new one. And no luck finding one so far.

Thanks for the heads up on the tilt man did not know that.
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Unread 04-22-2013, 06:58 AM   #7
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Is this it?


http://www.autozone.com/autozone/par...491258_0_1234_

Looks like that retainer on the pic. Sucks its not just the retainer but can't find anything else...
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Unread 04-22-2013, 07:29 AM   #8
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I really tried to straighten it up lol not working out for me. Dang thing is deformed in a weird way and it's impossible to get it straight.

$6 from the dealer and will be here tomorrow morning. Thanks guys!
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Unread 04-24-2013, 11:15 AM   #9
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Got it on there and the steering is smooth as butter kind of unusual to have things working out this easy lol
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