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1. After disconnecting the battery, we looked up underneath the dash with a flashlight and determined right away that the whole pedal assembly could be jiggled around. It would have to come out of the car for inspection. Since the heavy bracket that supports the pedals mounts to the firewall at a point above the steering column, the steering column had to be removed first. Under the hood, we disconnected the column from the steering box at the rag joint. Fasteners at the base of the column tube going into the firewall were then removed. The underdash support for the column was undone, and we disconnected the electrical wiring. On some cars, the turn signals and horn have two separate plugs to disconnect before pulling the column. Other cars have a single plug found above the column, directly behind the speedometer.