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How to Remove Steering Column Cover 05-09 Chevy Equinox

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How to Remove Steering Column Cover 05-09 Chevy Equinox

Created on: 2017-01-17

How to install and replace a broken, damaged, or cracked upper and lower steering column cover on a 08 Chevy Equinox

  1. step 1 :Removing the Steering Column Cover
    • Pull up on the upper steering cover
    • Remove the upper steering cover
    • Remove the three 7mm bolts on the lower steering column
    • Lower the bottom steering column cover
  2. step 2 :Installing the Steering Column Cover
    • Reinstall the bottom portion of the column cover
    • Tighten the three 7mm bolts to the cover
    • Press the upper cover into place

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related


    Socket Extensions

  • Sockets - Metric

    7mm Socket

Installation Video
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In this video, we're going to be working with our 2008 Chevy Equinox. . We're going to show you how to remove and replace your vehicle's steering column cover. This will allow you access to a variety of switches and wiring inside of your steering column or it may be cracked and damaged and you just need to replace the unit.

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Here are the items you'll need for this repair: 7mm socket, ratchet, socket extension

Remove the upper steering column cover by gently pulling up on it. It's easiest to lift from the openings for the multifunction switch and turn signal switch. Remove the three 7 millimeter bolts on the bottom of the steering column. We'll do this with a 7 millimeter socket ratchet and extension. With the bolts out, you can lower the bottom steering column cover. It does separate into two pieces, so if you have to pull it apart a little, that's fine. It will just snap back together if needed.

Reinstall the bottom portion of the steering column cover. I got to find just the right way to seat it in. Again, this column cover does split. You may find it easier to split it in half and line up the little hooks on the bottom of the cover. Once you've snapped it back together and laid it back into place, you can reinstall your three 7-millimeter screws. You might just want to go ahead and get each one of them started a couple of threads before you tighten them all down to make sure that everything is aligned properly.

Once you have them lined up, you can tighten them down all the way. These are just going into plastic, so you can see them just grabbing the head of the ratchet, just tightening it with my fingers. There's no need to really crank these down. It might be easier if you have a tilt column to pull down and put the column in its lowest position. Align up the top. Snap it back together. Set the column back to where you like it and close the tilt switch.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 7mm Socket

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