Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Citizen of the World
I am trying to remember how I released mine... (96 taco also, broke in the same spot)
I think: you unbolt the sensor and let it hang and then there is a latch on the handle end of the assembly, right behind the plastic that makes up the dash, etc. I think this latch is part of a spring assembly. (OK, shored up the broken collar bone and went out side to grope up my truck) Yup, there is a latch on the top of the assembly that the tube slides through. You have to push it one direction until it releases the handle to push forward an extra 1/4 of an inch. then you will be able to slide the post out. it was a REAL bugger to do. I haven't bothered to pay to buy the replacement for mine yet, so I haven't done a reinstall, but I intend to just remove the pully and pass the post up and reinsert it into the tube. there are bolts on the handle end of the assembly, but they are buried up behind the plastic, if I remember right. seemed impossible to get a wrench/socket on.
This was a total ramble. If it helps, great, if it doesn't, just ignore it!