Steering-shaft removal began by ensuring that the steering wheel and tires were pointed straight ahead. Using a 9⁄16-inch wrench, the two nuts that secure the shaft flange to the flexible steering coupler were removed. The steering gear was taken out for photographic purposes only. (You need not remove it entirely to complete the process, but you will likely have to loosen and possibly remove its mounting bolts to gain sufficient clearance.) The steering shaft and gear were then tilted upward just enough for the coupler bolts to clear the shaft flange, separating the two.