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Removing a spark plug by the steering arm

(1995 Chevrolet S10)
in Edgerton, WI on June 13, 2009
We have the funny TBI unit engine and one spark plug is located so close to the steering arm that we can't get the rachet attached to the socket once the socket is on the plug. There's simply not enough room to attach anything to the socket once it's on the plug. You can't attach anything to the socket before you attach it to the plug because then the plug won't fit. So, we asked around and everyone told us to remove the steering arm from the gear. Only the Haynes manual has no pictures that actually show how to do that. Any suggestions?
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on June 28, 2009
I take no credit for this. Got this from Answerbag.com -- worked on my 2001 S-10.

Unscrew the bolt at the base of the steering shaft just before the steering box. Remove it completely, and set aside. Note: You may have to turn your steering wheel to display the bolt. (On the 2001, this bolt is covered by an easily-removed plastic cover that snaps together.)

Now just simply slide the shaft towards the firewall. If it doesn't come easily, I like to use a wrench and small hammer to lightly tap it off. Sometime a large flat head screw driver or pry bar will work.

Once you have the shaft off of the steering box, pull it completely out, and set it aside. This will give you plenty of space to work with. It is also surprisingly quick to do all of this also.

Now have at it with the spark plugs.

To install, just simply do the opposite of removal. Lining up the steering column shaft takes a little patience and maybe some WD-40 to get it to slip on. Use that big screwdriver or pry bar leveraged against the undercarriage to help push the parts together.
on June 13, 2009
That's a tough one. Perhaps a different repair manual will include the diagram that you need. It'd try www.alldatadiy.com.
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