1997 Buick Riviera Steering column removal

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Interior problem
1997 Buick Riviera 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 150K miles

How does the dash come apart after screws are out?
Does anyone know procedure to remove steering column with airbag?
Thanks Curt

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Saturday, January 31st, 2009 AT 7:31 AM

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Before proceeding, disable air bag system. Disable air bags by removing the negative battery cable for a few minutes.

Set front wheels in straight ahead position. Turn ignition switch to LOCK position. Disconnect negative battery cable.

Remove air bag module and steering wheel.

Remove knee bolster and bracket. On models with column shift, remove shift lever cable. On models with floor shift, unlock ignition and remove park lock cable. Turn ignition switch to LOCK position.

On all models, disconnect steering column wiring harness connector. Position seal as necessary to loosen or remove upper intermediate shaft pinch bolt. Remove column shaft from intermediate shaft.

Loosen, but DO NOT remove, 2 lower steering column support nuts. Remove 2 upper steering column support nuts. Discard any upper column support clips which may be present. Remove steering column. Installation

Loosely install lower steering column support nuts. Slide column onto lower support nuts, and install 2 upper support nuts. Position intermediate steering shaft through seal and onto column shaft. Tighten intermediate shaft pinch bolt to specification. Tighten upper and lower steering column support nuts to specification.

Move intermediate shaft seal into position. Tighten intermediate shaft seal screw to specification. Connect steering column wiring harness to main wiring harness, and tighten bolt to specification.

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