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Steering Shaft Assembly Rebuild - Anyone Done it?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 1986Blazer, Oct 31, 2001.

  1. 1986Blazer

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    The bearings in my steering shaft assembly (the one inside the engine compartment) has alot of play. Has anyone rebuilt this unit? If so, what pointers do you have? Does anyone have the GM part numbers for the correct bearings?

    I have an 86 years tilt steering - if it makes a difference. Thanks

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    Well....................has no one done this rebuild?

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    I have never rebuilt one. But a guy I work with changed the bearings in his. He went to the dealer to get the parts and they would only sell him the whole assembly for some ungodly ammount.He could not just get the parts he needed. They said they only sold the whole thing because of liability reasons.
    So he took out the bearings and went to a bearing supply house matched them up, and got what he needed for about 30.00.
    Thats all the info I have hope it helps.

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    Great - I do not suppose there is anychance he knows the bearing part numbers and how many there are?

    I could easily remove them and go to a bearing shop but there is not a "bearing shop" in Key West. Miami is the closest (about 150 miles away). So, knowing the part numbers up front will be great. If not, I will get by. Thanks for responding anyways.

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    Hey - how much play is in the shaft when you wiggle it? I have some in mine, but I don't know if its normal or not....

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    I have about a 1/4" to 3/8" inch of play - when I grab the steel shaft connected to the gear box and twist. My main worry is the damn truck develops a mind of its own whenever I hit a large puddle. I can almost turn the steering wheel 1/2 turn after I hit a large puddle and the truck does nothing. So, I am doing a complete rebuild - tie rods all the way up to the bearings in the shaft. I just hope it works.

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    any up and down movement? Mine is loose where the two telescoping pieces of the shaft meet.

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    I'll try up and down in a few minutes - I'm waiting for some responses on another question I posted.

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    I have almost no up and down movement - that may mean my shaft is fine.

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