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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by dyeager535, Feb 24, 2001.

  1. dyeager535

    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    is there any special trick to turning the "sleeve" that the two clamps hold tight? My steering column is slightly off center, and I know thats how I fix it, but the dang thing won't turn. Sprayed it down with cleaner, then WD-40. I loosened the clamps up as far as possible (removed bolts) and took a pipe wrench to the sleeve, then stood on the pipe wrench. It wouldn't budge. Tried going either direction, and no movement. The threads really aren't that corroded, I'd figure it would move easier. @ around $75 to replace the whole assembly, making this one work would be a nice alternative. Anybody got a trick to this? Thanks!


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    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    I think you just answered your own question! I had that problem too many times, so I did the easiest thing: I got new one. If you get a new one, get the adjusting sleeve with the two ends. It will make your day go faster and better since the threads will be new and clean. Helpful tip: glop on some anti-seize on the threads before assembling the three together.
     
  3. jerseyk5

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    Try heating it with a torch and then spray it down with some penetrating oil while its still warm. Might have to do it a couple times. When you get it undone you might want to apply some anti-seize compound for future adjustments.
     
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    PB Blaster is the best stuff for freeing up stuck stuff. soak it down a few times durring the week and give it a try again in a few days. Try taking a pry bar and spreading it at the slot some.
    $75 is a little steep for that. Autozone is where I got mine and the ends are about $22 each and the sleeve is like $7. Thats life time ends.

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  5. dyeager535

    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Heh..my friend just said the same thing...except this sleeve is solid! No way to spread it, unfortunately. No autozones here, wonder if I can order on the net from them. May check some other online places too.

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    I wouldn't buy from Autozone. No offense to anyone intended, but i found that autozone parts are not of good quality. Even with the lifetime warranty, who wants to be replacing the same parts every two or three months?

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    If you replace it, get MOOG parts. they are the best steering parts, and not that expensive. you can get them at O'Reilliy or NAPA.

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    gokartergo 3/4 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    I just got them at NAPA. $25.00 each for the ends and $9.00 for the sleeve. A good investment too.

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