I have never used anything other than my hands/fingers and a screwdriver
to put that plate and snap ring back on. If you put the plate on then
thread the nut on a few turns, give the plate a goood hard shove down
while pulling up on the steering shaft (using the nut for grip). If you
are lucky it goes far enough and then you can cock the plate so it won't
slide back up while you put the snap ring on with the other hand (the one
that did the pulling up).
There is a special tool, a spring compressor to hold down the spring and
plate to snap the ring on. I had to buy one several years ago. You may
be able to borrow one somewhere. It makes the job much easier.
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