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Anyone out there have a really loose steering column?? Here is how to fix it!!!!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sta500666, Feb 9, 2007.

  1. sta500666

    sta500666 1/2 ton status

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    I recently got tired of having a loose tilt column on my '86 blazer, so I desided to rip it all apart... bad idea cuz there are so many parts in there and it is really confusing. Anyway I went looking online for a fix for this cuz I didn't want to pay $80 to have a shop do it. Most books don't touch on the subject and GM factory repair manuals have horrible drawing and mention nothing of this probably because if they would have acknowledged it they would of had to have a recall.

    But the fix is very simple, all you need is a steering wheel puller (a harmonic balance puller will do) and a lock ring compressor which you can pick up a craftsman one at any sears for about $20. The web site link says you need an E8 reverse Torx socket, but a 1/4 socket actually fits perfectly over the Torx bolt head!

    Anyway here is the link with the step by step instructions:

    http://www.chevyasylum.com/column/tiltcol.html

    You still have to tear everything out of the column which seems daunting, but with the pictures and instructions it is really simple, I fixed mine in about 45 min!!!

    -Good Luck!
     
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    That doesn't always fix it.
    The one I bought on here is beyond repair. All 4 torx bolts are tight. The pivot pins have wallowed out the housing so it all needs to be replaced.
     
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    Yeah, that sucks. Yous should just buy a new/used column, cuz it would be a bit*h to change all that stuff. I only tightened 2 of my torx and could only get one out to put lock-tite on it and man its perfect now! After 4 years of it being loose its like having a new Truck...(i wish it was new)!
     
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    I'm thinking I want to start charging people like $30 and I will fix it, and if it ever comes loose again for them I would fix it again for free!
     
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    Really good point!
    http://coloradok5.com/forums/showpost.php?p=364297&postcount=2

     
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    Yeah I wasn't sure if there was a topic that already covered this but it is always good to bring it up because I know it is sutch a big problem that many people dont know how to fix!!!
     
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    I had the same problem with mine, the more I tore into it the worse it got. Went to the junkyard and picked one up in great shape for $35. Unbolt steering column bolt in the new one. Easy as that!!!!
     
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    Enlighting topic!
     
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    Definitly!
     
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    These are 8/32 screws, I used a 2" stainless (less chance of brakeage) a few washers a nut, a sockit and a quarter to get them out. worked like a charm.

    thread the nut on the screw followed by washers then a sockit thread the screw into the pin and use the quarter or a washer i guess, to get it to sit even,(there is a ridge the sockit will sit on this keeps it pull strat)

    tighten the nut and the pins pull out awsome no worry of brakeage.

    NOTE!!!

    the screw hole is a BLIND HOLE meaning it stops after a 1/4 inch do not over tighting or bottom out your screw, this will make it a bitch to get the screw back out~~~
     
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    yeah I did IF you read MY post you will see I QUOTED from that post you linked.
     
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    Oh sorry not awake yet :o is it Monday already?
     
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    Not nearly as entertaining when you spell the whole word yourself... :haha:
     
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    don't bother him, hes the guy who plays musical chairs with him self :doah:
     
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    I could turn this mean real quick. But I will leave it go!
     
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    easy bud its called a joke!
     
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    Gotcha! :haha: :haha: :haha:
     
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    OK I delt with you with my jackmate you got, dident think you had so much sand in your mangina:wink1:
     
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    sorta hijack

    my '94 column seems nearly identical to that one. but, i have a part not shown on that page. it's a plate that covers the lock plate and has tabs that wrap around the back of the lock plate. i undid the two torx screws and started working it loose, but i don't feel like breaking it, so i laid off until i have some daylight. droplight isn't the best light for that work, imo.

    anyone know what i'm referring to? what's the best way to get it off without breaking it?
     

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