How do you get the dowel out of the steering column?

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  1. supersoap33

    supersoap33 Active Member

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    The pic isn't good, but this is the stage I'm at and I'm having trouble removing the dowel pin so I can pull this saw blade-looking thing off so I can access my ignition locking cylinder.

    How did you get it out? Thanks.

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    moparmat2000 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    I believe you pop this circular clip off and the lock ring (sawblade) comes off. I could be wrong though. Anybody else?

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      Thanks. I already popped that off and there is a dowel rod underneath going through the column keeping that saw tooth gear on. Thats the dowel I'm struggling with.
       
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      RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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      Do you have a factory service manual?
       
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      HemiSSDart Dartus Interuptus

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      Use a drift pin the correct size and a hammer...
       
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        I've been looking up a video on assembly of a column like yours and I agree. You need a drift pin flat faced punch a little smaller than the pin and hammer to drive it out.
         
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        There is a really good video of a guy with a duster with a beige interior that's excellent. Just look up "replacing ignition locking cylinder on Plymouth duster" on youtube and it should pop up. He does the whole thing, but doesn't actually show himself whacking at the pin.

        I'll be giving it another go tomorrow. In the meantime, it's been hit with some PB Blaster and Marvel Mystery Oil.
         
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        It looks to be something of a rollpin shouldn't be too hard to get it moving, just make sure the punch is bigger than the pin hole and smaller than the pin it's self.
        You got this.
         
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        RedFish Well-Known Member

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        This is a tapered pin so it goes in and out only 1 direction. With master spline at top, pin goes out toward door.
         
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          It actually went out towards the passenger door, but you're right... it was tapered.
           
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