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steering shaft looks loose(pic's)

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BobK, Aug 7, 2003.

  1. BobK

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    steering shaft looks loose(pic\'s)

    The connection point on the steering shaft (where the column connects to the shaft) seems loose.

    It looks as if there is supposed to be a seal or something there.It wobbles quite a bit.
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    Should it be like this or should there be a rubber insulator or something in there?
     
  2. bouncytruck

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    Re: steering shaft looks loose(pic\'s)

    Mine looks a little bit like that - not quite that loose. I am definately missing something though. The steering wheel and shaft move in and out about a quarter of a inch. My understanding is that I am missing a spring someplace in the column. When I pull the steering wheel out (towards the driver seat) the rubber seal stays in place and the rest moves up with it.
     
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    Re: steering shaft looks loose(pic\'s)

    Great pix. They make it much easier to see what your dealing with.

    My '72 looks the same. I have decided to throw some grease in there w/ a needle nose on the end of my grease gun and just keep an eye on it until I can get around to replacing. I think the slop is caused by wear instead of missing parts, but I have seen schematics showing a spring reinforced seal to hold grease in the upper joint.

    My lift is a 5'' suspension lift, and not extreme enough to warrant the $$$ for a nice u-joint setup. However, someone posted a how to last week using a coupler/shaft out of an '80's full sized van. If your lift puts any strain on the steering shaft, it may be worth a look.

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  4. BobK

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    Re: steering shaft looks loose(pic\'s)

    Ya I saw that post and I might head out to the j-yard and have a look-see at one of those vans.
    I have NO lift,body or suspension,so I'm dealing with a stock setup here.
    It just seems there should be something else in that coupler other than grease!
     
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    Re: steering shaft looks loose(pic\'s)

    I think that is a plastic u-joint in there...just like in my tilt column. They shouldn't have much slop and also don't need much grease (they just hate grit!).
     

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