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Pelican Technical Article:

Steering Column Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

Tab:

$0

Talent:

***

Tools:

T30 Torx driver, 8mm wrench, 10mm socket

Applicable Models:

Volvo C30 T5 (2008-13)
Volvo C30 T5 R-Design (2008-13)

Parts Required:

steering wheel

Hot Tip:

Be sure to disconnect battery first

Performance Gain:

Access to components underneath column for completing other projects

Complementary Modification:

Replace clutch master cylinder

Certain jobs on the Volvo C30 require removing the steering column to gain access to components underneath. In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with removing the column. Keep in mind that we will be working around the airbag and other pyrotechnic devices. Disconnect the battery and let the car sit for an hour or two before beginning this job. Also note that additional components must be removed to remove the column. See the following articles for more information.

Battery Replacement

Lower Dashboard Panel Removal

Airbag Removal

Steering Wheel Removal

Loosen and remove the four T30 Torx screws (green arrows) holding the metal plate in place.
Figure 1

Loosen and remove the four T30 Torx screws (green arrows) holding the metal plate in place. Set the plate aside. You also want to unlock the steering wheel adjustment lever (purple arrow).

Locate the steering column coupler on the floor of the car.
Figure 2

Locate the steering column coupler on the floor of the car. This is held together with a single 8mm bolt. You'll want to mark the connections on the upper and lower shafts for when you reassemble the coupler.

Shown here is the coupler disassembled.
Figure 3

Shown here is the coupler disassembled. You'll notice the flat spot on the lower shaft (green arrow) to help orient the coupler during reassembly.

Loosen and remove the two 10mm bolts (green arrow) on the left side of the steering column.
Figure 4

Loosen and remove the two 10mm bolts (green arrow) on the left side of the steering column.

Now loosen and remove the two 10mm bolts (green arrow) on the right side of the steering column.
Figure 5

Now loosen and remove the two 10mm bolts (green arrow) on the right side of the steering column. Don't worry about the steering column falling out. It needs to be pulled outward.

Pull the plastic sleeve off the bottom of the steering column.
Figure 6

Pull the plastic sleeve off the bottom of the steering column. This is held in place by three plastic rivets (green arrows). Now disconnect the three electrical connectors from the column. At this point, you can lift the column directly out of the car.

And here's the finished result with the column removed from the car.
Figure 7

And here's the finished result with the column removed from the car. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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