Ya this is how you do it... The bolt inside the car is not that hard to get to.. The intermediate shaft is one slippery [email protected]@rd :lol:The 2000 sts has a 13 mm nut (socket size) at the upper int. shaft to column fitting. Just push the plastic shield down a little, remove the nut and bolt, then push the shaft out of the column lower tube. Then remove the black plastic shield from the boot area. Next pop the black retaining ring off of the column and slide the sensor out. Reverse this procedure for install.
Tip: Start the engine to aid in moving the steering wheel for nut/bolt removal. Center the wheel before pushing the shaft out of the column. Don' t let the wheel rotate with the shaft disconnected.
Oddly enough, when I bought my car, my steering wheel was at about 1 o'clock. It had me wondering. I am throwing code C1228 on my 02 STS and think that was the reason I got the service stability sys message amongst others. I need to lube the steering shaft anyhow.The sensor is a tight friction fit... don't worry if you break it when you remove it... after all you are replacing it... tap lightly with a hammer worked for me.
On my 2002 the column was not centered when the new sensor went on which kinda freaked me out... The new sensors are pinned from the factory (at least my 2002s was) and they are "keyed" to the shaft... To put my sensor on the wheel was about 10* off center (1 o'clock...maybe 11 o'clock.. the column was upside down at the time...)
I was very nervous about this but I have no codes and the stabiltrack works just fine... GM redesigned these sensors lots of times... The FSM has instructions for 4 different sensors types for MY 2002 alone