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    Steering column swap 01 TA

    Hi. I have to swap out the steering column on my TA. The column that is in there has broken pieces where the turn stalk is, and it has screwed everything up. So, I got a complete column off ebay. It has the BCM, two sets of keys, and the column is complete except steering wheel. So, I have a couple of questions.
    1- How hard is this to do? I have to do it, so it will get done, I am just wondering how hard it is going to be. Can I save time anywhere by reusing linkage or anything off my old one? I have had my steering wheel off many times, and already have the puller. No biggie there.
    2-Are there any tricks to make it easier? I plan on pulling the driver's seat to give me some more room.
    3-BCM. Do I just swap out the BCM and I am good to go using the "new" cylinder and keys? Reuing my old ones really aren't an option. The wire is frayed coming from the cylinder now. Once in a while, the car will die while taking a corner. Of course, I just pull in the clutch, downshift, and pop it, but I don't want to mess with that anymore.
    As always, any help is appreciated.

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    Remove the interior panels below the steering column and unplug the plugs that lead up the column, Iirc there are 3 or 4. There is a bracket that is mounted below the column that is held on with two nuts, as well as two more on the column itself. There are three 10mm bolts on the firewall and one 11mm bolt on the shaft under the hood. Once all that is off it should come out.Was the column you bought taped up? Only asking to be sure the clock spring is still in tact.

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    Also some liquid wrench helps to free the column from the steering shaft

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    When you say clock spring, you are talking about the air bag spring? Because the Chilton's manual is pretty helpful in that area. I think it is like 2 and 2/3 turns.

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    Yes, if the wheel is turned too many times while outside of the car you will have airbag issues

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    Thanks Tator Tot. Does anyone know about the key/cylinder/BCM swap? Is it just plug and play?

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    Do you have the key for the new column? If so my suggestion would be to have a key cut that matches the new column but has the resistance to match your PCM.

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    Okay, I am curious why the seller would include the BCM. Does that mean that if I plug in the new BCM, the new key will work? Or, is this time to bypass the VATS?

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    Bump. It's gonna be here this week. Going to be putting it in this coming weekend.

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    Like i said, either have a new key cut to match your resistance or bypass the vats.

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    Okay. I will just bypass the vats,then. Thanks

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    No problem. Hope the intall goes smoothly

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    Update. Install went smoothly. Steering knuckle came off nicely. Slid back on. I put some anti seize on the bolt as there was evidence of this from the factory. I replaced the BCM with the one that came with the column, and the "new" keys work perfectly. I used the sticky for programming the key fob. Worked like a charm. I am almost scared now. Something went smoothly. For once. I even got a new, as in never used key with the column. I put that in the safe, so I can get other ones cut correctly as needed. I measured the resistance and there was a def difference between my old one, and the new one. Thanks for your help Tator Tot.

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    No problem Kieth, glad it worked out with the BCM

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    I tell you what, removing the BCM was the hardest part. GM could have hidden that thing better, but I can't think of a spot that is harder to get to.

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