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Tiny
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  • 1987 CHEVROLET CELEBRITY
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 250,000 MILES
Changing the transmission selector cable
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Monday, November 22nd, 2010 AT 8:46 AM

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Place transaxle into 1st gear before making adjustments. Remove shifter boot and retainer. Install 2 pins (No. 22 drill bits or 5/32" pins) into alignment holes in shifter control assembly. This will secure assembly in 1st position. See Fig. 1. Attach 2 shift cables to control assembly, using studs with pin retainers. Be sure cables are properly routed and operate freely. Manually place transaxle into 1st gear by pushing rail selector shaft inward (down) until inhibitor spring resistance is first felt. Rotate shift lever fully clockwise. Install stud of cable into slotted area in shift lever. Install stud of cable into slotted hole of select lever to remove lash. See Fig. 1. Tighten nuts on studs. Remove 2 drill bits or pins from control assembly and road test vehicle. Check for proper shifting. Adjust cable position as necessary after road testing.
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Monday, November 22nd, 2010 AT 5:03 PM
Tiny
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This is the wrong transmission shown. I have the lever on the steering wheel!
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Monday, November 22nd, 2010 AT 5:52 PM
Tiny
DR LOOT
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I was having a hard time finding information on the car, but if you say it's on the column that's easier, open your hood underneath the brake booster you will see the end of the steering column with the lever that goes to the transmission, it should be self-explanatory how to remove the cable.
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Monday, November 22nd, 2010 AT 6:09 PM
Tiny
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That does not answer my question: It is a Celebrity, V6, automatic, shift leaver on the steering wheel!
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Monday, November 22nd, 2010 AT 9:04 PM
Tiny
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Thank you, I have read the answer unresponsive, thank you. Now it is clear to me.
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Monday, November 22nd, 2010 AT 9:08 PM
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I can continue to assist you as you are removing the cable just let me know what your questions are
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Monday, November 22nd, 2010 AT 9:14 PM
Tiny
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One more question: How to get into the column? As I said, the leaver s in the column.

Thank you, I hope this will be the last problem
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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 AT 7:17 AM
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You didn't explain yourself thoroughly, I understand the problem now. It will be much easier just to replace the column, you can pick one up at your local junkyard for about $25, and then you can have practice taken it out of the car at the junkyard and installing it in yours, make sure you get a column that has a key so you don't have to replace the key. When you get the column let me know and I will give you instructions on how to remove and install it.
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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 AT 3:02 PM
Tiny
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Thank you, but you know, I am in Europe and there are no junkyard with Chevy of that year! Your idea is right, but.
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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 AT 5:09 PM
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Well I may have to send you one, then parts for the column will be unavailable, let send you the instructions, to remove the steering wheel and get down inside, if you tell me the parts you need, I will ship them to you.
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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 AT 6:21 PM
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Will be great, the instruction to remove the steering wheel. In my experience, I will need a few special tools to remove it? Thank you for being so patient! Edgar
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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 AT 6:45 PM
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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION TURN SIGNAL SWITCH Removal Remove negative battery terminal, steering wheel, retaining ring, and shaft lock cover. Using Lock Plate Compressor Tools (J-23653-4) and (J-23653), remove lock plate. Remove canceling cam assembly, upper bearing preload spring, and turn signal lever.
Push hazard switch in and unscrew ****. Remove actuator arm assembly and switch mounting screws, wrap a piece of tape around upper part of wires. Remove switch by pulling straight up. Installation (General Motors)
To install, reverse removal procedures.
SPEED CONTROL SWITCH Removal After turn signal switch assembly removal procedures have been performed, remove lower trim panel, and disconnect switch harness connector. Connect 24" follower wire to end of switch harness connector. Disconnect turn signal lever from spring retainer.
Pull turn signal lever (speed control lever) straight out of column. Remove lever and harness by pulling from column. Leave follower wire in column to guide new wire harness back into column.
Installation
Connect new harness to follower wire. Pull harness into column. Align key on turn signal lever with slot in turn signal switch. Push lever in until seated in spring retainer. To complete installation, reverse removal procedure.
LOCK CYLINDER NOTE:If lock cylinder retaining tab is not visible through hole (slot) clean flashing away to gain access to lock retaining tab.

Removal Perform turn signal switch assembly removal procedure. Turn ignition cylinder to "ON" position. Remove key warning buzzer switch and lock cylinder attaching screw. Remove lock cylinder. Installation Rotate lock cylinder to "STOP" position, align lock cylinder in housing, install retaining screw. Turn lock cylinder to "ON" position and install key warning buzzer switch. To complete installation, reverse removal procedures.
IGNITION SWITCH Removal Steering column must be lowered or removed on some models to gain access to switch. Steering wheel removal is not required. Position lock cylinder in "OFF" position.
If lock cylinder has already been removed, pull actuating rod up until it stops, then push down 2 detents. Remove switch retaining screw and stud. Lift switch from column and detach actuator rod. Installation Place lock cylinder in "OFF" position. Place switch in "OFF" position by moving selector to top of switch and then backing off 2 detents.
On standard column models, fit actuator rod into slider hole. Install switch onto steering column and tighten attaching stud and screw.
On tilt or telescope columns, install switch and lightly push switch down on column to take up free play in actuator rod. Tighten attaching stud and screw, connect wiring harness and check operation of switch.
DIMMER SWITCH Removal
Disconnect negative battery terminal. Remove lower steering column shield. Remove 2 nuts securing steering column to upper mounting bracket.
Lower column to remove nut and screw securing dimmer switch. Disconnect electrical connections and remove switch. Installation Position switch on steering column and loosely install fasteners. Install electrical connectors. Insert 3/32" drill through locating hole securing dimmer switch to connector body.
Connect actuator arm, slide dimmer switch up to remove lash and tighten fasteners. Remove drill bit and reverse removal procedures to complete installation.
WINDSHIELD WASHER/WIPER SWITCH Removal Perform turn signal switch assembly removal procedure. Remove ignition switch, dimmer switch, and lock cylinder.
Remove screws securing steering column housing. Remove pivot pin, horn contact, bearing, and washer/wiper switch from column housing.
Installation To install, reverse removal procedures.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION NOTE:For column mounted switch removal and installation, see STEERING WHEEL & HORN REMOVAL in the STEERING section.
HORN BUTTON Removal & Installation Disconnect cable from battery negative terminal. On models with sport wheel, lift off horn button, remove 3 screws and take off contact, insulator eyelet and spring. On all other models, remove screws from underside of wheel, partially lift off horn button and disconnect wire leads. Remove horn button. To install reverse removal procedure.
STEERING WHEEL Removal Disconnect negative battery cable. Remove horn button. On models with tilt and telescoping columns, remove screws securing locking lever and flange to steering wheel hub. On all models, remove steering wheel nut. Using Steering Wheel Puller (BT-61-9 or J-1859-03), to remove steering wheel.(Except Camaro and Firebird). Use Steering Wheel Puller (J-2927) on Camaro and Firebird. Installation Align steering wheel hub and shaft index marks. Install retainer and nut. Reverse removal procedure to complete installation. TROUBLE SHOOTING Refer to TROUBLE SHOOTING - BASIC PROCEDURES article in the GENERAL TROUBLE SHOOTING section.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION STEERING COLUMN R & I CAUTION:When working on a collapsible steering column, DO NOT bump or hammer on column components. With column removed from mounts, it is extremely susceptible to impact damage. A slight impact on column end may collapse steering shaft or loosen plastic injections which maintain column rigidity. When removing steering wheel, use a proper puller. DO NOT hammer on puller to aid removal. On all models, always replace transmission linkage grommet when rod is disconnected. Removal Disconnect negative battery cable. On column shift models, disconnect transmission linkage rod from lever on steering column. Remove dust cover from steering shaft coupler at gear box. Remove shaft coupler clamp bolt. Remove floor plate mounting bolts. Remove instrument panel lower trim panel. Disconnect electrical connectors from steering column. Remove steering column bracket mounting nuts. Remove steering column. NOTE:Correct column installation is important to prevent stress on collapsible components during mounting. Installation To install, reverse removal procedure. Check for proper operation. DISASSEMBLY STEERING COLUMN NOTE:Steering column removal is not necessary if the lockplate cover, lockplate, steering shaft snap ring, canceling cam, turn signal switch, upper bearing preload spring or lock cylinder is to be serviced. For the remaining components, steering column must be removed. Disassembly and reassembly procedures for standard and tilt columns are similar. Some procedures for tilt columns do not apply to standard columns.

Disassembly (Standard) Disconnect negative battery cable. Remove steering column from vehicle. Remove steering wheel. Remove lock plate cover. Remove lock plate snap ring using Compressor (J-23653). See Fig. 3. Remove lock plate, horn cam and spring. Remove turn signal switch. Remove key buzzer switch. Remove ignition lock retaining screw. Remove ignition lock. Remove housing assembly. Remove ignition switch and dimmer switch. Remove shaft retaining ring. Remove shaft through lower end of shaft. Fig. 7: Exploded View of Typical Standard Steering Column Courtesy of GENERAL MOTORS CORP.

Disassembly (Motors Tilt) Remove steering column from vehicle. Remove 4 bracket mounting bolts. Remove wiring protector from column. Remove tilt lever. Remove hazard warning **** and ignition key light. Remove wiper switch ****. Remove wiper switch tube mounting screws and remove tube. Rotate shaft fully clockwise. Remove shaft by pulling straight out on shaft. Carefully remove plastic cover from lock plate. Remove lock plate retaining ring from shaft, using Compressor (J-23653). See Fig. 3. Remove lock plate, canceling cam and upper bearing spring. Remove turn signal switch and actuator arm. Remove turn signal switch. Place ignition lock cylinder in "LOCK" position. Depress ignition lock cylinder tab retainer, using a thin bladed screwdriver. See Fig. 6. Remove ignition lock cylinder. Remove housing cover from column. Place column in full upward position. Remove tilt spring retainer and spring. Remove dimmer switch. Remove steering shaft inner race seat and race. Remove ignition switch and back-up light switch. Remove pivot pins, using Pivot Pin Remover (J-21854-1). See Fig. 4. Pull tilt lever to unlock shoes and remove housing. Remove actuator rods. Remove lower coupling roll pin. Remove steering shaft assembly from upper end. Remove support from lock plate. Remove shift tube retaining ring, using a screwdriver. Remove thrust washer. Disengage plastic shift tube from lower end of jacket, using a small screwdriver. Remove shift tube from bowl, using Puller (J-23072). Insert bushing on end of tool in shift tube and force bowl out. Remove shift tube through lower end. Remove jacket mounting plate and wave washer. Remove bowl from jacket. Fig. 8: Exploded View of Tilt & Telescope Steering Column Courtesy of GENERAL MOTORS CORP.

BEARING HOUSING Disassembly Remove lock bolt spring by removing spring retaining screw and moving spring clockwise to remove from bolt. With a small hammer and small drift, lightly tap drive shaft from sector. Remove drive shaft, sector, and bolt. Remove rack and rack spring. Remove shim (if equipped). Remove tilt release lever pin with punch and hammer. Remove lever and lever release spring. Remove lock shoe pin with drift and hammer. Remove lock shoes and lock shoe springs. Remove bearings from bearing housing, only if they are to be replaced. Remove separator and balls from bearing. Place housing on work surface. With a pointed punch against back surface of race, carefully hammer race out of housing. Repeat for other race. DO NOT reuse bearings. REASSEMBLY CAUTION:Components and fasteners used in steering column design are important in that they can affect vehicle safety and performance of vital systems, if not serviced properly. Lubricate all bearing, friction and thrust surfaces with chassis grease. DO NOT use a part of lesser quality or substitute design.

BEARING HOUSING On General Motors models (if equipped), install key release lever and spring into shroud and install retainer plate. On all models, use an arbor press to install bearings into housing (if removed). Install lock shoe springs, lock shoes and shoe pin into housing. Using a.180" (4.5 mm) pin, align shoes for pin installation. Relieve load on release lever, and install spring, release lever, and pin into bearing housing. Install drive shaft into housing. Lightly tap sector onto shaft, far enough to bottom on drive shaft. Install lock bolt and engage with sector cam surface. Install rack and spring. Block tooth on rack to engage block tooth on sector. Install external tilt release lever. Install lock bolt spring, and spring retaining screw. Tighten screw to 35 INCH lbs. (4 N.M). Slide bowl onto jacket. STEERING COLUMN Install wave washer and jacket mounting plate in place. Work jacket mounting plate into notches in jacket by tipping jacket mounting plate toward bowl hub at 12 o'clock position and under jacket opening. Slide jacket mounting plate into notches in jacket. If previously removed, carefully install shift tube into lower end of jacket. Align key in tube with keyway in bowl. Use Installer (J-23073 or C-4119) to pull shift tube into bowl. DO NOT tap on end of shift tube. Install thrust washer and retaining ring by pulling bowl up to compress wave washer. Slide dimmer switch actuator rod through hole in support. Install support by aligning "U" in support with "U" notch in jacket

Insert 4 screws through support into lock plate. Tighten screws to 60 INCH lbs. (7 N.M). Reinstall lower bearing (if removed) approximately 3/16" (4.8 mm) into tube. Slide ignition actuator rod between bowl and jacket. Install centering spheres and anti-lash spring into upper steering shaft. Install lower steering shaft from same side of spheres that spring ends protrude. Make a trial assembly of shaft couplings to ensure that master serration of upper shaft will align with master serration of pot coupling (lower shaft). Position shift bowl in "PARK". Hold lock shoes in disengaged position. Install bearing housing over steering shaft until pivot pin holes align with holes in support. Ensure rack has engaged ignition switch actuator rod. Install pivot pins. Use hand pressure to prevent broaching of support pivot holes. Tap with a small hammer and drift to complete installation. Place housing in full "UP" position. Install guide and peg on support. Install tilt spring and spring retainer. Using a screwdriver, turn retainer clockwise to engage. Install inner bearing race and seat. Install tilt lever opening shield in housing (if removed). Remove tilt release lever, install housing cover, and seat screw at 12 o'clock position. Tighten 3 screws to 100 INCH lbs. (11 N.M). Install buzzer/chime switch to spring clip with spring bowed away from switch on side opposite contact.

Push switch and spring into hole in cover with contacts toward lock cylinder. Install key light (if equipped). Install turn signal switch. Feed wires and connector through cover, bearing housing, and shift bowl. Install hazard warning ****. Install canceling cam, cam spring, and shaft lock plate. Using Compressor (J-23653 or C-4156), depress lock plate and install new retaining ring. Reinstall tilt release lever and turn signal switch lever. Install upper shift lever and drive in pivot pin. Position shaft lock cover over lock. Snap into position by pressing on outer edges. To install ignition lock, turn key to "LOCK" position and remove key. This will cause buzzer operating lever to retract in cylinder. Slide ignition switch to "LOCK" position, second detent from bottom. Insert cylinder into housing far enough to contact drive shaft. Press inward and move ignition switch actuator rod up and down to align parts. When parts align, cylinder will move inward and a spring loaded retainer will snap into place locking the cylinder into housing. Push ignition switch lightly up column, toward lock housing, to take out lash in actuator rod. Tighten mounting screws to 35 INCH lbs. (4 N.M). Install wire protector over wires on column jacket. Be careful not to pinch any wires. To complete assembly, refer to STEERING COLUMN R & I in this article. Install dimmer switch. Firmly seat actuator rod into switch. Depress switch until one 3/32" (2.38 mm) drill bit can be inserted. On all models, reposition upper end of push rod in pocket of washer/wiper switch. With light upward pressure on switch to remove lash, install and tighten 2 screws on switch. Remove drill bit(s). The switch should click when lever is lifted.
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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 AT 10:42 PM
Tiny
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Thank you soo much! I think, this is going to kill me! I will try it, if I am not succesfull, I will show this to my mechanic.

Thank you again

Edgar from good old Europe! Austria. My Chevy has now 260.000 ml and runs prefect, why not give him a chance!
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Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 AT 7:30 AM
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I have 12 of those vehicles, they all have 4.3 diesels, I don't like the car is very much but the engines are awesome, I put those engines in Volkswagen Vanagons. After your mechanic takes the steering column apart, let me know what you need I should have the parts, I will send them to you.
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Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 AT 6:14 PM

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