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Old 08-12-2016, 08:22 AM
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I was parked facing down hill, wheels turned in to the curb. When I went back to leave, I could not turn the wheel at all, I cranked on it with both hands and heard a loud metal snap, then the steering wheel turned freely without the key in The steering seems to function fine, as I just drove it back home. The steering wheel no longer locks after the key is out. Its a 5spd and the parking brake could use an adjustment, it wont hold on a steep hill. Obviously this means I can't park on a hill till this is fixed. I have several other parts waiting to get fixed. Can anyone give me an idea of what happened or what it will take/cost me to fix it? I have access to tools and a garage, but I would have to pay for the mechanic. I have gone over my Haynes manual but nothing specific. I'm only guessing it has to do with "pulling the lower screws and removing the lower steering column cover". I would appreciate any advice, but I will keep searching the rest of the internet in the mean time. Thanks.
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Old 08-12-2016, 09:16 AM
Location: San 'Tone
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The lock pin (#13) is broken now. (and possibly lock plate damaged) $14 @ the dealer for the pin. The job isn't terribly difficult, but there are some semi-specialized tools and specific knowledge necessary. The airbag system needs to be disabled. Airbag comes off, then the steering wheel, upper and lower steering column plastic covers (#1&2), SIR coil(#5), lock plate(#8), cancel cam(#9), and ignition lock cylinder housing come off (#17). (snap ring pliers, picks, lock plate depressor, torx bits needed) It's probably worth around 2-2.5 hours labor for a partial teardown of the column to perform this repair.

I'd be somewhat nervous driving with that broken piece of lock pin loose in the column now, but hopefully it just fell down and is laying inside the lower cover. If you can do so on your own, I'd remove the column cover(s) and see if you can get that piece out so it can't suddenly get lodged and jam up your steering while driving.

I just broke the steering lock in my 02 silverado.-column.gif
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