Removal of wires thru steering column

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Removal of wires thru steering column

Postby Ohiotinkerer » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:50 am

In the process of converting over to power steering and pulled the steering column to change the shaft when i decided while i have it out I'd sandblast and paint it and am at a loss on how to get the wiring harness out without cutting it and splicing it back together which i really dont want to do......... :eek: is there any way other than that?
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Re: Removal of wires thru steering column

Postby 71Fe2O3 » Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:18 pm

Do you mean the wires that come off of the turn signal switch?
They run down a channel within the column, exit through a hole and go to a connector.
No need to cut and splice.
One way to disconnect them is to gently pull them out of the connector-I held the connector in my hand and used needle-nose pliers to pull out the wires.
When I did mine I made a map of the connector, noting the orientation and which wire from the switch connected to which wire(s) coming out of the connector. I also checked it against the wiring diagram on this site.
Disconnect them at the connector, remove the turn signal switch (directions are on this site if you need help) and pull the switch and wires out the top.
Putting them back in is more challenging. I used a long zip tie, fed it through the channel from bottom to top, taped the wires to it and pulled it through. You could probably also use a length of stiff wire, or just tape them together and feed them through patiently.

On second thought, maybe I am not understanding your question, because you would have to have disconnected these wires from the connector in order to get the column out of the truck.
If you already have the column out, just detach the turn signal switch and pull on the attached wires.
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Re: Removal of wires thru steering column

Postby sargentrs » Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:21 pm

This thread shows how I did it. viewtopic.php?t=72274
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Re: Removal of wires thru steering column

Postby Ohiotinkerer » Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:46 pm

Thanks guys! Just what I needed - I gotta figure out why the hell I can't get pics to load........it would make life sooooo much easier....... :cuss:


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Re: Removal of wires thru steering column

Postby sargentrs » Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:37 am

Ohiotinkerer wrote:I gotta figure out why the hell I can't get pics to load........it would make life sooooo much easier....... :cuss: :fr:


With the advent of new phone camera technology, photos are getting to be higher and higher resolution which makes for some huge files. The forum will only accept photos of a file size 500kb or less. Since Photobucket's holding photos for ransom, here's how I upload photos. http://www.w.fordification.com/forum/vi ... 1e5133bd75 If too large I use Photoshop to resize but MS Paint works just as well.
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Re: Removal of wires thru steering column

Postby Ohiotinkerer » Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:31 pm

Thanks Randy - guess im just gonna have to do it on my PC.......liked the convinience of doing it from my phone or tablet but guess i gotta do what i gotta do...... :(
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1968 F100 Baseline 2wd - Rangoon Red - 360 2bbl - T18 - power steering and manual brakes
1997 Honda CBR 900RR
1977 MonArk 14 ft jon boat with a 1963 Johnson JW-18 3hp outboard


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