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Steering column steering shaft

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by az-k5, Dec 30, 2004.

  1. az-k5

    az-k5 1/2 ton status

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    I found my steering shaft moves around and is completely loose, as it enters the column on the engine side. I have read/heard there is a bearing/race in there. How hard is this to replace. I would like to avoid replacing the column if posssible. It is just a simple no tilt auto column. I searched and found a part number in this thread. Is this the part I need? Should I just find a used column to swap?

    BTW I am trying to avoid chaning columns if at all possible. Nothing speacial about this one I am just lazy about some things.
     
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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Why not swap in a U-joint shaft? I found one out of a Jeep Cherokee that is really close to the right length. I plan on swapping it sometime soon. There is a member here that sells them for $75 or so too...BOWTIE I think.

    Rene
     
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    If it is just the lower column bearing, they are not hard to do. In your vintage, there should be a wire-type retainer ring around the O.D. of the column, then a little metal cap, then work the bearing down and off the shaft. Retainers vary, but take a look at what you have, it's pretty self-explanatory.
     
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    Thanx nick, that is how mine looks to be. I will probably just do the bearing then.

    Rene, what kinda jeep did you find the shaft in?
     

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