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post #1 of 6 Old 06-10-2021, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Steering Wheel Assembly Noob Problem

Hey all,

Been a long time lurker of these forums so wanted to say thanks for all of the help so far! Unfortunately, I came across a problem that the search function couldn't solve. I can't get the lock plate to slide back with the compression tool to put the snap ring on, the lock plate just bends in place.

Basically I lost the keys to my 1994 YJ 2.5L almost a year ago, so I figured the best thing to do would be to replace the ignition lock cylinder. After that being a massive headache because it didn't want to come out, I've ran into an even bigger headache putting the steering wheel back on. I'm basically at the step where I need to compress the lock plate back (with the tool) to put the snap ring on, but compressing it isn't really doing anything. The tool is just bending the lock plate, and it doesn't want to push back far enough to where I can get the snap ring on. I've gone back a few steps to make sure the turn signal assembly was put back together properly (it has been as far as I can tell), so not really sure what's stopping it from sliding back. I've also noticed that the steering shaft itself (the main piece that everything sits around and the nut goes on) is moving. Not sure if it's supposed to be like this, but I can pull it up a bit, and it sinks back down into the column when I put some pressure on it. I'm assuming it's supposed to be like that because I haven't touched it at all other than the main nut that holds the steering wheel down.

I don't really know a whole lot about Jeeps (or cars/trucks in general) and brought this on as a project to learn so hopefully this isn't a super obvious nooby question. Gotta get this damn steering wheel back on already so I can get to the fun stuff

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-11-2021, 12:06 AM
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Something is not in the right place, that plate should compress down relatively easy with a compression tool, figure it takes no more force than turning a screw based on the design of the tool.

Are you following a write up?

Read THIS

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-11-2021, 01:34 AM
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Try pulling up on the shaft and pushing down on the bearing cone to seat it the bearing race. That is what work for me
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-11-2021, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Something is not in the right place, that plate should compress down relatively easy with a compression tool, figure it takes no more force than turning a screw based on the design of the tool.

Are you following a write up?

Read THIS
Yup, this is what I've been following. I guess I'll just have to rip it apart and try again. Thanks!

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Try pulling up on the shaft and pushing down on the bearing cone to seat it the bearing race. That is what work for me
Okay I'll give it a try. Thanks
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-11-2021, 10:46 PM
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Usually there is a bit of play in the column shaft. I had the same issue when messing with my last '90's column and finally pulled up on the compression tool and raised the shaft just enough. As stated tho, make sure your bearing is seated well to avoid damage. It can be a PITA but you will figure it out
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-12-2021, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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I followed the write up a bit more closely and used a bit more force and I managed to get the steering wheel on. Only issue is it isn't properly aligned (sideways) and I can't get the horn cover back on, not sure what the issue there is since afaik everything only goes on one way

Either way though I'm satisfied for now. It's driveable!
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