Steering Column Lock Replacement by csnow

By stevegolf
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Steering Column Lock Replacement

Compliments of csnow @

Here is a DIY for those that have the no start issue due to the worn out solenoid in the column lock. If you have an 05 and your car wont start (gauges sweep but nothing) and you have to pull the negative cable repeatedly to get the car to start, then you need to replace your SCL. If your column lock is going out you will hear a difference in the noises your column makes while unlocking the wheel. Instead of a fast zip, it may labor, be extra noisy, or barely sound at all.

I pulled together a couple of threads and then added pics to complete this DIY. The steering wheel photos were borrowed from cencalC6's steering wheel removal thread.

Here is the part you will be replacing. I picked it up from Kevin at PartsTaxi for $370.00 Kevin is the best guy with the best prices on the forum. I have bought from the others but Kevin will have all my future business.


First, remove the airbag

On each side of the steering wheel there is a little tiny hole.Use a small allen wrench or screwdriver and push and feel for a tab that has some type of spring feel to it.At the same time pull on the airbag gently on the side your are pushing in......Now shove a wrench or some type of a smooth object, between the airbag and the wheel.... so it will not attach itself back in place.Repeat the same step on the other side of the wheel.

NOTE: On the 05 there are four holes (two on each side) because we have the dough boy wheel

The below image is from an 06 and up wheel.

With a flat head screwdriver gently pry out the little plastic locking tabs.then you squeez the connectors and remove them.

Unplug this Black connector

With a 21mm socket remove the nut on the steering wheel

Notice that the wheel and shaft have alignment markes, make sure that they are aligned when removed and installed. VERY IMPORTANT

Gently pull on steering wheel left to right and it will free itself loose

This next step is on how to remove the clock spring 

Revove the bottom panel underneath your Steering wheel,there 2 torx screws that need to be removed after that then gently pop out the panel there are 2 plastic tabs that will snap out.

Remove this stainless bracket out the way, (4) 7mm bolts that need to be removed.

Remove Steering Column Cover...Firmly Remove 1" Rubber Strap towards the front of the car 

You will need to use a C clip tool to remove the clock spring. Sear sells a nice two-way action one with differnet sized pins for multiple jobs.

Once the C clip is removed, remove the clock spring and set it to the side (I didnt unhook it, I just moved it out of my way)

Next, you need to remove another retaining clip. There is a large spring on the reverse side of this plate that must be compressed to remove the retaining clip. I could not push the spring by hand, so I had to buy a steering wheel lock plate removal tool. It was $17 at Advanced Auto - Autocraft Part #AC579.

Tool in use. The tool has a wing nut on it but the spring pressure was too tight so I had to clamp some good ole red neck vice grips on there. I will probably replace the wing nut with a regular nut, but not today.

Clip removed 

Remove the wiper and turn signal. Torx screws and clips

There's the little bugger that left me outside one too many stores with my hood up while I kept unhooking the negative battery cable! Nothing like a teenage kid walking by saying nice car while he drives off in his civic - 

Remove the steering column lock. Two torx screws on the front and one torx screw on the right side where the wiper controller was mounted.

The white ribbon cable is heading up behind the gauge cluster - great.... 

Remove bezel from around gauge cluster. There are four snap clips. Pull gently and it will pop out. Disconnect the wires needed to get it out of your way.

The dash cluster is held in by four 7mm nuts

Cluster is removed and there is the end of our ribbon cable

Unplug the cable from the little black box and reroute your new ribbon cable in with the same routing. There are some securing clips along the path that are part of the cable itself

Ummm, I sure hope I remember how all this goes back together 

Put everyting back in the reverse order that you removed it.

Here is my beautiful wife putting the clip back in on the reassembly. She has a lot more patience than me and is actually a good mechanic. She should be, she has a mechanical engineering degree. Yes, I know, the car needs washed. It rained the other day.

Hope this helps someone in the future. The job isnt that bad but the various clips and such can be a real pain in the rear. Car fires right up and the SCL is making a nice zip instead of the moan and groan it used to.


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Posted by jof67 on 12/5/20 @ 10:44:30 AM

Thank You for the information, hope I can find the parts numbers and a vendor. Is the white ribbons cable come with the part?

Posted by FlameEagle on 8/15/18 @ 11:58:36 AM

DO you know the parts numbers that I need? 88963402 and 19207810 are discontinued.

Posted by FlameEagle on 8/15/18 @ 11:51:59 AM

Hi FlameEagle, unfortunately I can't find the steering column lock sold by itself anywhere any more. If you go on ebay you can find complete steering columns that will include the lock for around $150. There are also a bunch of bypass kits for sale that are cheaper. Here is one

Posted by stevegolf on 8/15/18 @ 9:49:45 PM