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Tilt steering loose

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I know this has been posted before but I can't seem to find a FAQ or previous post. I don't know why but the search feature doesn't seem to be working for me.

I have an 88 W150 with the tilt steering. The wheel/column is loose. I need a step-by-step to pull it apart and tighten it up again. I played around with it and got as far as the removal of the turn signal switch, but couldn't seem to figure out how to get the plastic housing off of the rest of the column.

Anyone? Anyone?
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I have the security plate retainer tool and the steering wheel puller as well. I read somewhere that the pin can be driven out with a small blunt-tipped punch, but I'll worry about that when I get to the actual job... (getting the extra tools won't be a problem).


Anyone else have the magic set of instructions hidden in their Captain America secret decoder ring???
...hmmm... nobody talking? Well let's try this...

I have pulled the steering wheel, removed the security plate, removed the turn signal switch and mechanism. I'm left with the plastic housing around the upper part of the steering column being held in place by three torx screws. I removed them, but I can't seem to figure out how to remove the housing. It seems to be held in place by the ignition switch.

Where do I go from here?

anyone? anyone??
Yes, Please... I need a FAQ... I need it soon too...
Oh, you're helpin'... we're close... I can feel it... lol... But how do you actually get the ignition switch out? I don't see any screws to remove it... I can't seem to pull it, and I'm not sure what to do from that point on. And what else after that point?
hmm... interesting... where do I look for such a clip? Is it inside the column or is there an access on the side?...
So once I pull out that clip, I take it that the ignition cylinder just slides out? Assuming that's correct (and thanks for telling me about the clip... I wouldn't have known that), then what? Will that plastic housing slide off the end of the steering column?
Well I'm all excited about trying this... but it's after midnight... gonna have to wait until the morning now. Thanks for that much.
You are a God.
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