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Loose Steering Wheel

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by rusty79beast, Aug 11, 2003.

  1. rusty79beast

    rusty79beast Registered Member

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    My steering wheel is really loose on my 86 K5. It does have about 185,000 miles on it though. Is this normal, and if so is it safe? I can move it in a circle about 3/4"- 1". Is there any ways to fix it, and if so how would i go about doing it.
    Thanks for your help
    Paul /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif
     
  2. POWERMAD

    POWERMAD 1/2 ton status

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    It is a pretty common problem with tilt steering.
    There are 4 #8 torx head bolts that loosen up.
    You will have to tear the column down to tighten them.
    You will need a lock plate press and a pivot pin puller to tear it down.
     
  3. bryguy00b

    bryguy00b 3/4 ton status

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    i just got done swapping a tilt comumn in my truck and it has a tiny bit of play up and down but thats it..its in pretty nice shape.
     
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    i just got done swapping a tilt comumn in my truck and it has a tiny bit of play up and down but thats it..its in pretty nice shape.

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    good for you....nice to know and all... /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif but how long did it take? and how much was the column?? /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    bryguy00b 3/4 ton status

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    hahah..i knew that was coming...
    the column was free..i took it out of my 84 blazer..(parts truck)..it took ME a couple hours to take it out..cause i had never done it befor and all..putting it in was about an hour. its a LOT easier putting it in than taking it out if you ask me. i just finished it up about a half hour ago..lots of swearing /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif but it wasnt that bad.
     
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    Confedneck 3/4 ton status

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    bry, cool deal..now go check your for sale post...HURRY lol lol i might go tilt in mine one of these days...not of any importance
     
  7. jakeslim

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    yeah, switching out the steering column is the way to go. Very easy. Beats rebuilding a column. I got mine for 50 buck on ebay and it was perfect and with keys.
     
  8. dyeager535

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    Word of advice, don't use your wheel for pulling yourself into your truck.

    I'm 99% certain that's why these columns loosen up. You'll notice if you own any GM car that uses this style column (about 1973-1996 cars) you almost NEVER hear of anyone having one loosen up. Same exact column design, same age, no problems like truck owners have.
     

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