1992 Pontiac Sunbird Repair Question
You'll need a special tool which doesn't cost very much. Anything else will be met with frustration. The tool is a threaded shaft that screws onto the steering shaft. A metal bracket slides on over the tool so its two fingers push down on the lock ring. A nut is threaded onto the tool to push the lock ring down. That gives you hands-free access to pry the wire ring off. With the ring off, the lock plate will lift off when the tool's nut is unthreaded. I think I can find a picture of the tool if you need it.
that would be helpful if you can send me a picture so i know exactly what i am working with
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If you go to this link, it's the 12th item down the page. This is from Mac Tools and costs $51.99. If you have a Harbor Freight Tools nearby, they will have it too for a lot less. The spacing for new paragraphs isn't working yet on this site so I can't make the link stand out. It starts with the "http" and ends with ".aspx". I'll put it way at the end.
I don't have the black part of the tool. That must be an extension for some applications but I've never needed that. All you need are the two silver parts.
Forgot to mention that a lot of auto parts stores rent or borrow tools and will likely have this one.