Volkswagen Golf/Jetta 2 manual

Steering column - removal, overhaul and refitting
Suspension and steering / Steering column - removal, overhaul and refitting


Removal
1 Disconnect the battery negative lead.

2 Remove the steering wheel.

3 Remove the screws and withdraw the steering column lower shroud.

4 Remove the three screws and withdraw the combination switch. Disconnect the wiring multi-connectors (see illustration).

12.4 Detach multi-function switch wiring connectors (A)
12.4 Detach multi-function switch wiring connectors (A)

Steering column mounting bolt also shown (B)

5 Remove the screws and withdraw the lower facia trim panel.

6 Remove the column mounting bolts. Where shear-head bolts have been fitted, it will be necessary to drill off the heads and unscrew the threaded portions or use a centre punch to unscrew them. On some models, one of the mounting bolts may be a socket-head type, in which case use an Allen key to unscrew it.

7 Undo and withdraw the universal joint-to-column clamp bolt (see illustration).

Undo the lower mounting-to-column transverse bolt then withdraw the column from the universal joint and collect the coil spring,

12.7 Steering column universal joint (upper). Clamp bolt arrowed
12.7 Steering column universal joint (upper). Clamp bolt arrowed

8 On pre-July 1984 models, a two section column is fitted (see illustration). With this type, push the two sections together to disengage the rectangular engagement pins within the housing, collect the rubber insulation caps and withdraw the lower section upwards through the housing tube.

12.8 Steering column and associated components Ц 2-section type, pre July
12.8 Steering column and associated components Ц 2-section type, pre July 1984

Overhaul
9 Check the various components for excessive wear. If the column has been damaged in any way then it must be renewed as a unit. If renewing the earlier type column as a unit, then the later telescopic type column unit may be fitted, in which case a new lower mounting must also be fitted as the earlier type is not compatible with the later type.

10 To dismantle the top housing (both types), prise free the lockwasher from the inner column and withdraw the spring and contact ring. Renew the lockwasher.

11 Check the condition of the flange tube bushes and if necessary renew them. Lever the old bushes out with a screwdriver then press in the new bushes after dipping them in soapy water. Unscrew the old shear bolt(s) and obtain new bolts.

12 Using an Allen key, unscrew the clamp bolt securing the steering lock and withdraw the lock. Note that the ignition key must be inserted and the lock released.

13 Withdraw the inner column from the outer columns and remove the support ring.

14 Clean the components and examine them for wear. Renew them as necessary.

Refitting
15 Reassembly is a reversal of dismantling.

Lubricate bearing surfaces with multi-purpose grease and renew the inner column lockwasher.

16 On later models with the telescopic single section column, reassembly differs. Secure the lower end of the column in a soft-jawed vice so that the upper section rests on the jaws and the two halves of the column cannot be slid together. The small lug in the lower part must be visible through the hole in the upper part (see illustration). Assemble the support ring with the column switch and lock housing, the contact ring, spring and locking washer.

12.16 Steering column - from July 1984
12.16 Steering column - from July 1984

Reassembly alignment hole arrowed

17 On both steering column types, the locking washer is fitted by driving it down the shaft until it is completely pressed on. On the earlier two section type column, compress the two columns together using a suitable pair of pliers as the washer is driven into position.

18 Check that column alignment is correct when connecting it to the universal joint.

Tighten the retaining nuts and bolts to the specified torque setting. Tighten each shear bolt until its head breaks off.

19 On completion, check that operation of the steering, the various steering column switches and the horn are satisfactory.


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