Truck Trend Garage: 2002 Chevrolet Silverado Rack and Pinion
When you disconnect the steering column from the steering rack, do so with the front wheels pointed straight ahead, and reinstall it in the same position. When replacing a steering rack, lock the steering wheel in the centered position before disconnecting from the rack, to avoid accidental rotation. Then center the steering rack before reattaching to the steering column coupler. You turned the steering wheel too far with the steering rack detached and snapped the clockspring wires. You can scan the supplemental restraint system for DTCs to confirm, but you'll need to replace the clockspring, following the service manual procedure on installation.
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