How to Install a Steering Column

What You'll Need
Replacement Column
Wrench set
Ratchet and socket set
Air wrench (if already bought)

For many people, the steering column is a basic part of the car, as immovable as the position of the seats, or the rear axle. However, no part of a car is impossible to move, so if you want to remove and replace your steering column, perhaps to upgrade it, then you do not need to worry too much about how complicated it will be. All you need to install a new steering column in your car is the replacement column, and a few sets of wrenches and sockets which can be bought from any car repair shop.

Step 1 - Remove the Old Column

Before you can install your new steering column, you have to get rid of the old one. This is not very complicated to do, all you have to do is unscrew the column from the various positions, and then lift it out of position. Once it is free of the dashboard, you can remove all of the wires and other connections which are still holding it to the car, and then discard the old steering column. If you had this done by a shop, the removal of the old column alone would cost you a lot of money in labor and parts, but you can do this yourself for virtually nothing.

Step 2 - Add the New Column

Make sure that the column area is clean and free of any obstacles, and then put the new steering column into position. The column which has the hole in it should be in close connection to the engine of the car at this point. Lift up the steering wheel so that the dashboard can be connected to the column via a series of mounting holes. Thread the bolts through the column until it is firmly in place.

Step 3 - Wire Up the Column

Lift up the hood of the car, and connect the wires and connections which you removed from the old steering column back into place. You may be lucky, and have one single linkage point, but more than likely you will have to attach the points in several pieces. If you have a steering linkage, then push the parts together until you feel them connect. You might have to try this several times before you get perfect alignment. Attach the bolts holding the linkages together.

Step 4 - Connect the Gaskets and Cables

Next, attach the gaskets and cables into place. The gasket effectively seals off the engine compartment from the driving side, and will be soft enough to push into position. Take the shift cable, and push it into the side of the column. You should be able to feel a small knob where the cable attaches, push into this carefully, in order to avoid braking the cable. Tighten all of the bolts using the ratchets, and then close the lid.