I am NOT a certified mechanic. I have been mostly self taught, the result being that I often have no clue what a tool or part's name is. After having ordered certain parts for various vehicles, I know that part names can change depending on manufacturer. It is handy to have the broken or malfunctioning piece when you walk into the parts store, though. As for tool names, being able to describe exactly what you are trying to do goes a long way.
I come close to calling parts in this instructable, "Thing-a-ma-bob," or "whatsit", but forced myself to use more logical, descriptive terms. You're welcome.
Always disconnect the battery. Just do it.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
Deep sockets, assorted sizes
Socket wrench set
Steering wheel puller
Snap ring pliers
Assorted, small, blunt screws
Replacement lever (pic #4)
Handy to have:
Step 2: Removal of Steering Wheel
Unplug the 2 electrical clips.
Using a socket (14), remove the large center bolt.
Attach steering wheel remover. For the most part these are all the same: thread arm all the way up center bolt, thread two side bolts on either side in the corresponding nut holes on the steering wheel. Using a socket (in my case, a 16), ratchet the center bolt until the wheel pops off.
Step 3: Turn Signal
I, too, forgot. But unlike a poorly edited video, I have benefit of arranging this in steps ?
Step 4: Wiring Harness Removal
There are three philips screws barely visible in these pics. They, too, need to be removed.
Once all retaining hardware has been removed, carefully ease harness out, pulling gently on the bundle of wires to give yourself an inch or so of slack.
Do NOT, for the love of all that is greasy, yank on the bundle. This can damage/destroy its connections.
Step 5: Remove Ignition Switch
There is a pin beneath the switch (in the picture, you will see it to the right of my thumb). This pin needs to be pushed in, while turning the key in the ignition all the way on (you disconnected the battery, right?)... while simultaneously pulling the switch away from the column.
The pin will push all the way in and the ignition switch should pop out. If it doesn't... jiggle it back and forth until it does.
It will pop out, trust me.
In the picture, the column cover is actaully removed from the column. This is a testament to how completely broken the switch actuator lever was. Yours might not just pop off like that until the ignition switch is removed.
Step 6: Remove Collar
Step 7: Remove Retaining Ring
Don't be like me, have your retaining ring pliers ready to go.
There is a retaining ring keeping the rest of the assembly from sliding forward on the column. Find the right tips/angle for your pliers and attach using the provided micro allen wrench. Gently spread the ring and slide off column.
Put somewhere safe.
Step 8: Missing Piece of the Puzzle
Don't do that.
I went with option three and called dad. 45 years of experience working on cars, mostly Fords, always beats YouTube diy.
In picture one you will notice a silver, threaded hole. Picture three shows the same style hole on the opposite side.
Test fit some short, blunt screws until you find one that fits. Partially screw it in.
Take your claw hammer, sink the claw over the screw head, and gently pull on that screw. The silver bit will pop right out.
Place silver bit somewhere safe and repeat on other side.
Step 9: Wait, Does Yours Tilt?
One thing that it does not have is tilt steering.
However, Ford, being as awesomely lazy as most other car company's, did build it with the mechanism, just no lever.
If yours came with tilt steering, you might wanna spend a minute marking which tooth your mechanism is currently on.
If your Bronco is budget, you can probably skip over counting teeth and just pry the mechanism up with a flat head screw driver so it can lift over the small bar on the bottom.
I only have two hands so this step was not photographed.
A fairly large spring will pop out once you have completed this step successfully. Just remember to put it back when reassembling, or else you will find yourself redoing a couple steps.
We will call it a learning experience. ?
Step 10: Remove Broken Part
To remove it, take a tiny blunt object (like one of the retaining ring plier attachments) hold it over the pin, and very sweetly tap that pin out. This is where having a telescoping magnet comes in handy. I kept mine next to the pin at all times so it wouldn't fly out across the cab once free of the lever.
Gently convince the new part back in. Place pin back over hole and tap back in.
Go ahead, I'll wait.
Step 11: Almost Done
Basically, put everything back together by reversing the steps you took to get here.
When you get to the retaining ring part, find a short length of pipe that will slip over the column and extrude past the column. Gently tap the pipe until you have forced enough of the section back to put the ring back in its little depression.
Continue reversing the steps until your steering wheel is back on, you have reconnected the battery, and the key actually turns your rig on.