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steering wheel upper shaft play (not the tilt issue) Help Please

SuperCAN

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Thanks in advance to anyone with ideas here...

Truck: 1985 k5

Issue: Steering shaft (the short shaft on the steering wheel side of the plastic ball joint) shakes/has excessive play.

Background: I took apart the steering column to tighten the torx bolts for the tilt steering mechanism thinking the looseness/play was due to these bolts being loose. According to the interwebs, this seemed like a common problem for these chevy's to have. I tightened them; however, this did not stop the slop in the steering upper shaft.

It almost seems like the upper steering shaft is loose in the bearing - is that a thing? I haven't found that it's a thing on the internet???

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1. Steering shaft/bearing.....in the pic where I'm pointing with the screwdriver, there is ~ ~3/16" gap when i fully deflect the upper shaft between the shaft and the bearing.

2. Video where I try and demonstrate the shake and try to demonstrate that the lower shaft does not move.


Any ideas or have you seen this before?

bearing gap.JPG
 

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Thanks in advance to anyone with ideas here...

Truck: 1985 k5

Issue: Steering shaft (the short shaft on the steering wheel side of the plastic ball joint) shakes/has excessive play.

Background: I took apart the steering column to tighten the torx bolts for the tilt steering mechanism thinking the looseness/play was due to these bolts being loose. According to the interwebs, this seemed like a common problem for these chevy's to have. I tightened them; however, this did not stop the slop in the steering upper shaft.

It almost seems like the upper steering shaft is loose in the bearing - is that a thing? I haven't found that it's a thing on the internet???

Media below:
1. Steering shaft/bearing.....in the pic where I'm pointing with the screwdriver, there is ~ ~3/16" gap when i fully deflect the upper shaft between the shaft and the bearing.

2. Video where I try and demonstrate the shake and try to demonstrate that the lower shaft does not move.


Any ideas or have you seen this before?

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To me looks like a blown bearing or when you put it back together you missed or misplaced a part.
Been a while since I took one apart so I can't give you a definite answer
 

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You’re missing the inner race for the bearing. It slips over the shaft and into that sucker.
 

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Thanks! are there assembly instructions? for example, it seems like the part #2 actually needs to face "up" (reverser from the pic) so that it holds the spring. I do have parts #2 and 3 so it must be that I'm putting them together in the wrong order.

Thanks!
 

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