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Old 03-28-2008, 12:16 PM
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Loosening the steering column...

It was suggested to me a couple of years ago, when I had to get into my instruments, that the bolts holding the steering column not be loosened all the way. So, I didn't... just enough to drop the column down enough to pull the instrument cluster. The cluster would have been easier to get into if I had dropped the column down all the way; I need to get into it again to work on my heater and defrost cables and hoses, my headlight switch, and the intrument lights. I could pull the cluster out a lot farther and easier if the column was all the way out of the way.

IF it's a bad thing to drop the column all the way down... WHAT is the problem with it?
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Old 03-28-2008, 12:26 PM
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You might need to disconnect the shifter linkage, but other than that, I don't see a problem.
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Old 03-28-2008, 12:27 PM
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You can go ahead and loosen them all the way and lower the column. You only need to lower it about 6 inches.

When retightening, the service manual is very specific about the torque, since the bracket has a breakaway feature and you can damage it or render it useless if you overtighten it.
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Old 03-28-2008, 05:21 PM
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Every dash cluster I've removed I've never dropped to column to do it... just more work to redo IMO.
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Old 03-28-2008, 05:42 PM
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i've dropped the column before, no big deal. just DON'T lose the bolts. mine was a bit of a PITA because i also had the bracket (that goes back to the brake booster mount) loose and it wanted to move with the column. if you don't mess with anything but the column you shouldn't have a problem though.

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Old 03-28-2008, 05:59 PM
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Only pulled my cluster once to replace burned out bulbs, thought about dropping the column but was skeered. Tilt column was a definite plus, moved it all the way down and had plenty of room to work. I did put a cloth over the top of the column to keep from scratching it, as was suggested by someone here.
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When I pulled my cluster to replace the speedo cable I dropped the column as much as I thought I could and still keep the bolts attached and the cluster still wedged on the top of the column. Maybe I could have loosened them more; I don't know. I do remember wishing that I could just drop it down out of the way. I just know that I need it more out of the way to get to the headlight switch and the heater/defrost controls.
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