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How do you get the coupler off the steering shaft?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by PetaKane, May 16, 2002.

  1. PetaKane

    PetaKane 1/2 ton status

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    I've got the old steering box off, now just can't figure out how to get the coupler thing off, the part that the steering shaft mounts to. I don't wanna mess it up
     
  2. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    Take the bolt that clamps it in place all the way out. There's a notch in the shaft that the bolt fits into. So even when it appears to be loose, you still can't take it apart. It's a safety feature. /forums/images/icons/cool.gif
     
  3. PetaKane

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    Okay thanks. Had to break out the wire brush to even find the bolt. Now I can find a socket to fit the bolt. It's the weirdest looking bolt I've ever seen. Anybody know off hand what size socket I need?
     
  4. kpanza

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    You HAVE to use a 12 point socket to get that thing off! I can't remember off hand what size it was, but I would think it's about 1/2" or 9/16" or so?? As long as you have some 12 point sockets you should be able to get it right out...

    I remember, I had the same problem as you - it was covered with dirt and grime, and I finally could see it, then my regular 6 pt sockets wouldn't fit...finally figured it out and grabbed my 12 points... /forums/images/icons/smile.gif
     
  5. BurbinOR

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    7/16" 12 point..............and use some PB Blaster to get the splines moving.
     

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