Try removing the lower shroud you might be able to manually pull the actuator back down, but you may need special tools to compress the column to replace the part(32) in diagram Doc is probablt right, but worth a shot!
STEERING WHEEL Removal & Installation 1. Turn ignition switch to OFF-LOCK position. Remove air bag module, if equipped. See AIR BAG RESTRAINT SYSTEM article. Remove horn pad, if equipped. Mark steering wheel hub in relation to slash mark on steering shaft for installation reference. Loosen steering wheel shaft nut, positioning it flush with end of shaft. 2. Using appropriate steering wheel puller, remove steering wheel. See STEERING WHEEL PULLER SPECIFICATIONS table. To install, reverse removal procedure. Tighten steering wheel nut to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS .
STEERING COLUMN Removal 1. Disconnect negative battery cable. Remove air bag module, if equipped. See AIR BAG RESTRAINT SYSTEM article. Remove steering column trim panels. On column shift, disconnect transmission control cable. On all models, remove steering wheel. See STEERING WHEEL . 2. Remove electrical connectors. Remove nut and bolt from upper to lower shaft connection. Remove upper and lower steering column support nuts. Remove steering column, rotating column to allow shift lever to clear instrument panel opening, if necessary. Installation To install, reverse removal procedure. Tighten upper and lower steering column mounting bolts to specification. Tighten upper intermediate steering shaft bolt and nut to specification. See TORQUE
CAUTION: Ensure wheels of vehicle are in straight-ahead position and steering column is in LOCK position before disconnecting steering column or intermediate shaft from steering gear, or SIR coil will become uncentered. If weight of column is supported by only lower or upper support bracket, lower bearing adapter may be damaged. CAUTION: When steering column is removed from vehicle, it is extremely susceptible to damage. DO NOT drop or lean on column. DO NOT hammer on ends of shaft, or plastic injections which maintain column rigidity could be loosened.
Saturday, August 22nd, 2009 AT 5:22 AM