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Welcome, I'm Chris (aka Moose), my normal schedule online is around lunch and after dinner till early morning.
Are you referring to rebuilding the steering column?
Can you go into detail on why it can not be put back together. Does it bind, something broken, something not aligned right?
Are these the steps your following https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/90220402/retainer.pdf
Normally a dab of grease will hold evertything in place till you can get it locked in with the retainer.
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The bearing is what your rotating to seat it into place.
The first piece in is the gear then bearing, then retainer. In the images you can see that the bearing and retainer are oriented different. The retainer once installed has to be twisted to lock itself in place on the shaft.
The retainer has to go in far enough to lock into place to keep the bearing and gear on the shaft.
The question about the tab, if I recall is facing inboard. I always mark them when I remove them.
I use a long set of needle nose pliers that are skinny.
It is 3:40am where I am, past when I normally log off, though trying to help all waiting customers I can.
You can remove the ignition switch to see if its now preventing the lock cylinder from turning.
You can test the lock cylinder while out in hand to see if the key an be turned once inserted.
Hello again Chris here,