ings around the outer portion
of the cap that snap into place
over metal tips on the locking
mechanism. Remove the screws
or lift the opening over the tips
and remove the dust cover. If you
have one with screws you will
usually find they are held in place
with a plastic washer so they are
not likely to fall out and get lost
but check to be sure. Set the dust
cover aside also.
Under the dust cover is the
steering wheel lock. It is a
round, flat plate with notches cut
around its outer circumference,
(see photo 8). This cover is what
locks the steering wheel when
the key is removed when the
small pin seen in the upper left
center of the plate slips into one
of the notches. When the key
is inserted and turned, the pin
retracts and allows the steering
wheel to turn freely.
This plate is held in place
with a ring that fits into a small
recess in the center of the plate.
Under the plate is a very strong
spring, pushing a very tight tension on the bottom of the plate. I
have heard of people that claim
they remove this plate with their
thumbs, but I have never seen
one do it and I prefer to use a
compression tool, seen in place
in photo 9. This tool slips over the
post and screws to the threads.
With the tool in place you maneuver the legs of the tool over a solid
portion of the locking plate and
tighten the nut to apply pressure
on the legs. When the pressure
is sufficient to push the plate past
the ring holding it in place, use
two screwdrivers to work the ring
off and loosen the compression
tool. The plate will slide up the
post with the tool and you remove
it as before. Keep the ring with it
for ease of finding later.
Now you will see the turn
signal unit as shown in photo 10.
This is held in place with three
screws and the turn signal handle. Take all four of them out and
remove the emergency flasher
button if it restricts the removal
of the unit. Pull the turn signal
unit straight upward, pulling the
wires attached to it when you do.
Pull them just far enough to clear
the opening to the steering column and turn them to get them
out of the way, (see photo 11).
You have now reached the
ten-yard line and have only a
couple more steps to get the lock
out. This particular vehicle had
been worked on before and the
“mechanic” didn’t replace the
key buzzer actuator, an example
of which is shown in photo 12. It
would have been located in the
small square hole located in the
right center of photo 13. If it is
there, remove it, being careful
not to drop the thin flat spring
holding it in place. It can come
loose and end up down in the
steering column. I suspect that
is what happened to the previous
visitor to this location and since
he didn’t have a replacement he
just left the whole thing out.
The vehicle shown here has
the older style spring-loaded
retainer, (see photo 14). Referring
back to photo 13, there is a small
slot located about ½” above and
¼” to the left of the hole left by
the key buzzer actuator. This slot
is often covered by a thin layer
of aluminum and can be easily
pierced with a small screwdriver.
Press through the membrane and
press down on the retainer and
6. The puller is placed over the
center of the post.
7. The dust cover.
8. The steering wheel lock.
9. A compression tool.
10. The turn signal unit.
11. Pull the turn signal unit
12. The key buzzer actuator.