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Steering shaft removal question

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Zepplin, Mar 7, 2002.

  1. Zepplin

    Zepplin 1/2 ton status

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    I already have the steering column out. I am replacing it with a tilt model. Anyway, I still have the steering box bolted on the frame and I have the steering shaft that was connected to the column still connected.

    I noticed there is a bolt and nut with clamp looking thing on the end holding it to the steering box input shaft. I loosened the bolt but I couldn't get the shaft to slide off.

    Is it just rusted on there from old age or would I need a 3 jaw puller of something to separate the two?

    Thanks,
     
  2. dyeager535

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    If it's a true clamp (can't remember) you could probably also remove the nut/bolt and spread the clamp enough for easier removal.

    removed other stuff in case the bolt does ride in a groove...
     
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    You have to take the bolt ALL THE WAY OUT. There is a grove in the splined shaft that the bolt rides in.
     
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    What Triaged said. If it does turn out to be frozen, just take apart the rag joint.

    Pete
     
  5. Zepplin

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    Thanks guys. I only loosened the clamp and pryed on it for a little bit and then gave up. I will take the bolt out this weekend and see how frozen it is.

    Thanks again!
     

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