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stripped steering wheel bolt

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by medeng8, May 23, 2006.

  1. medeng8

    medeng8 Registered Member

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    I pulled my horn cover off to put a newer steering wheel on and went I went to remove the center bolt, it came off pretty easy, which I thought was odd. I then noticed that the threads that the bolt go on are almost non-existent and smooth.

    What do I do? Use a tap to cut new threads? I have never done it before, but I really need to fix this as I dont think its safe to drive now.
     
  2. Emmettology 101

    Emmettology 101 3/4 ton status

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    find another steering column and replace the whole thing. I think that would be the easiest route to go. then you'd just have to swap in your tumbler or get a column with a key.

    I agree, I wouldn't feel safe running that. And if the threads are gone(smooth) you cant really cut new threads unless you go to a smaller nut.
     
  3. 1985_K5_Silverado

    1985_K5_Silverado 1/2 ton status

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    Would a heli-coil work?
     
  4. readymix

    readymix 3/4 ton status

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    Nope, it sounds liek the damage is on the shaft. I would either:
    1. Get a new steering column
    2. Weld the nut back on until I could get a new column
     

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