Wrapped up the steering bearing last night. For those having the clunking noise, clanking noise you might want to look into this. See part 2 of this series (post #14) about the correct part to order. Also the bearing is cheaper than the ISS
so you might want to investigate it before the ISS. I dont believe anything is actually wrong with my ISS after having installed the new bearing but i ordered one before coming to that conclusion. The shaft in the column is so much tighter and this ended up being not that bad of a chore to knock out. I ended up taking things apart i shouldn't have (accelerator pedal, etc) but here are the steps If i had to do it again:
NOTE: dont let the steering wheel turn too much. How much is too much? no friggin clue. People say the clock spring can be damaged but given my wheel articulates more than 360 degrees when i'm driving i assume an 1/8-1/4 turn when its disconnected is likely not going to hurt. I didnt let mine spin more than an 1/8 of a turn but, at this point, I havent been able to test to see if its damaged. Nothing popped/cracked and the airbag didnt deploy
0) disconnect battery. You're going to be all up in your steering wheels chili and you want to avoid at all costs converting your airbags potential energy into kinetic.
1) Disconnect ISS from steering column. 15mm nut on a 13mm head bolt
2) Remove the panel just below the steering column. two phillips screws and one 10mm bolt holding the parking break release and a connector for the trailer brake and remove the hoop (4 -10mm(?) nuts).
3) remove the steering bearing noting its position (i believe the goofy part of it is at the 5oclock position). It'll be easier to remove it here than once the column is not secured.
4) unplug the large connector left of the column. It has a blue lever you have to hinge back. There are two clips on either side you have to squeeze in order for the blue level to move.
5) Unplug the small connector on the right side of the column that is connected to the shift linkage
6) disconnect the shift linkage from the steering column. It just pops off, nothing special.
7) remove the metal clip from the shift linkage and unclip the shift linkage where it is secured to the column.
8) move the shift linkage out of the way (towards passenger side)
NOTE: this is the part where it is very helpful to have a second person helping you
9) unscrew the four 15mm nuts. Keep track of the washers
. On mine there were two washers between the column and the mount on the two posts closest to the firewall. I didnt keep track of where they went i.e. which went to which side but i mic'd mine and they were nearly identical <.002" difference in thickness but same diameter
10) drop the column and pull it forward laying the steering wheel and shroud part on the driver seat leaving the column shaft resting on the structural part of the dash. Make sure your shift linkage doesnt get bound up/pinched/damage as the column wants to rotate towards it and i'm not sure how much it can handle before damage occurs.
11) remove 3 T25 screws so the ingenious shroud can be removed, remove shroud
12) Install the new bearing. If your forgot how it is positioned, near the big neck part of the bearing, there are two parallel plastic ridges (idk what else to call them), these ridges are straight in line with one of the snaps that holds it in place. The snap in line with those two... goes in the 12oclock position.
13) put everything back together