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Complete Steering Column Re-build?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by **DONOTDELETE**, Nov 27, 2001.

    Hello all!
    My steering column is wacked! I have about 2-3 inches of play in it up and down, right to left there is about 2 inches. It's like the tilt went out or something. It's really freaking me out, I am sure this is not normal. How should I go about fixing this thing? Is there something to tighten, or should I just sink the money into a complete replacement/re-build

    '84 K5

    Chevy in my blood.
     
  1. chevyfumes

    chevyfumes Court jester

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    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.dorianyeager.com/column.html>http://www.dorianyeager.com/column.html</a>

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    schwinnd 1/2 ton status

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    I got a non-tilt column from the junkyard for $50 and permenantly fixed the problem.

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    Sounds like you need a new bearing kit, and the standard tightening procedure - a few hours, alot of cussing, and about 20 bucks and you'll be good to go[​IMG]

    Pics here:pugsley.alloffroad.com
     
  4. chevyfumes

    chevyfumes Court jester

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    Watch for the muzzleflash!
    thanks pugs I couldn't figure out how to post yours... But I tried....

    <font color=blue> I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy!
     
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    I'm not sure I ever actually posted it - normally I just copy and paste it from MS Works[​IMG]

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    chevyfumes Court jester

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    Then where did ya get it, I could'nt find pics on Dorians site, and you have pics... Cool info none the less...

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    Ladies and Gentleman... I present... The Grim reaper award [​IMG] LOL... long and of course as most of grim's posts are... very informative. Good job Pugs! You should send in some of those to Steve. *Drama voice* You could have your name in lights on the WWW... you could be a star [​IMG] LOL.

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    azblazor 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    There is also a company that will come to where the truck is parked and fix it for $50 bucks. I have had them do a couple of my trucks. They advertise in the parts section of the AZ Republic on the weekends. That's if you don't have the time.

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    Mine was doing what yours is doing... And even got so bad as when i would turn the wheel... the truck would shift gears!! Anyway... Mine was not rebuildable. There was something damaged that can't be replaced.. Don't remember exactly what. I ordered a completely rebuilt one, which came looking like brand new. I got it from Empiresteering.com The guy that runs the business is a very nice man. He has a tech board on his site also, he will answer any questions you could need.

    Sara
     
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    You forgot "stop using the wheel to pull yourself into the truck and you wouldn't have this problem" in the writeup" : )

    Dorian
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    It was quite ironic, I was just complaining to a buddy of mine about this very problem and actually contemplating putting this out here on how to fix it when I looked down and found this post. Talk about timing..... Thanks Guys................
     
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    I am going to use what you wrote and the pictures, thanks for writing this. Is it a matter of just tightening or can I expect to replace some parts??? Thanks again.
     
  13. Thanks Pugs! I printed that out (after a cut and paste of my own) and will try to do the job this weekend. Although I have given serious consideration to just replacing all of it!! From the steering wheel down to the box and pump, why not right? Then I will know that that part of my truck is sound.
    Now, if I could just morgage Park Place and a Railroad I should have enough money...hehe

    Thanks again!!

    '84 K5

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    sounds like this is a common problem, mine is loose too.
    anything that worth replacing while in there? or is it just a basic tightening that most k5s need.

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    When I open them up, I like to cruise to the dealer and pick up a replacement upper bearing kit (around $18), and an ignition rack/pinion kit (around $15) - it became a habit after that damned rack broke on me 2 days after tightening the column up on my Granddad's K5[​IMG] Past that, it's just tightening and lube[​IMG]

    ......And knowing is half the battle
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