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Steering Col.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by k5freak44, Feb 19, 2005.

  1. k5freak44

    k5freak44 1/2 ton status

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    My steering colunm is like really really loose now. It is loose at the tilt.

    I guess i should stop pullingmyself in by the wheel.

    Any easy way to fix this? Am i for sure going to go need a wheel puller
     
  2. kevcarr59

    kevcarr59 Registered Member

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    Puller Needed Indeed...

    Depending on what year it is, its a definite chore. You'll have to remove the turn signal cam and all that stuff. The Haynes book has all the directions in it.

    I had a friend that's a knowledgeable mechanic and it took us about 2 hours. A little secret... Have some #8-32 allen head screws for when you pull out the pivot pins. Also a slide hammer helps a lot. There are 4 external star head bolts that you will be tightening. You'll need a E-8 external star socket (2 or 3 bucks at A-Z, or local parts house). Get some blue LOCK-TITE and you put some on the threads, that'll lock them down and they won't come loose again. Also only pull them out 1 at a time, or you'll loose that whole plate inside the column and have to totally strip it apart to get it out.

    We did it about 3 months ago and it is fine ever since. Like I said, a friend who's a good mechanic really did it. He's done them before so he knew exactly what was entailed. Reading the directions in the Haynes manual, I would have gotten about halfway into it before I would have been pulling my hair out.:confused: :confused:
     
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    yeah do what he said.haha.i did this to my moms pickup.had the same loose tilt wheel.
     
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    its a project ill never do one again, if you have a temper problem then youll never accomplish this one, not without bad stuff happening, i always just swap out column for another when this happens to one,

    way easier :D

    if you go for it then take your time and take many breaks

    also you can make a tool to pull the pins out of some tough steel bent to u shape and hole drilled in it and a longer screw with the required threads and a nut to tighten with



    good luck
     
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2005

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