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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-12-2006, 08:12 AM Thread Starter
 
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Steering column replacement

So I'm looking at a truck that probably needs to have the steering column replaced. How much work/trouble will this be? How much is it going to be for parts (roughly)? Anyone ever done this?
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Re: Steering column replacement

I assume your still looking at the 73 to 87 model, and if that is the case, no biggie if your replacing the entire column. A couple bolts on the underside of the dash, a couple more attaching it to the firewall, a wiring harness plug, and then one holding it to the steering shaft. Not sure on a price since between myself and buddies, we have quite a few parts vehicles around for robbing parts off of so I don't hit the junk yards too often.
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Re: Steering column replacement

You are correct... this truck is in fact an '86. So a junkyard would be the best place to go for this?
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It is not a hard job. I'd personally replace the entire unit if you can. Taking a column apart can be quite a pain. But make sure you get an exact replacement. Many trucks had similar columns, but not exactly the same. Thus, wiring might not quite match up.

While your in there you want to replace your rag joint and take a good look at the other linkage.

If your quick, and have all the right parts and tools it is a quick job. I don't recall needing any special tools. For some reason i am thinking you might need some kind of puller, but i don't remember for what.
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Re: Steering column replacement

Maybe a steering wheel puller? I actually already have one... had to take the zook apart one time and I picked the puller up for $10 or so... made the job easy.

Once I get the truck (assuming I get it), I will take an in depth look and see what the problem is...

Thanks for the help,

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Yea, now that i think about it if you are just swapping the column you don't need to pull anything. The wheel ( i think ) can come off without a puller. That is if you even care to keep the same wheel on the column. There are 3 1/4 20 x 1 inch bolts? and a larger one in the center. something like that in there. been a bit, and my mind is not perfect.
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Re: Steering column replacement

In the event you didn't see my post at Austin:

More often than not, if it's a tilt column, the tilt part has nuts/bolts that get loose. Usually all that is needed is to re-tighten them. this is the case with most tilts that have a lot of play in them, if that's the case.

You didn't mention what the actual problem with the column was, so I'm just taking a wild guess, since it is a very common one with these year models. It's mostly due to people using the steering wheel as a grab handle when entering the truck. It can get so bad that it actually won't hold it's normal position, and falls all the way to the lowest position if it's not addressed. I *think* it's like 4 nuts to tighten, but I could be wrong. I hope that's it, it will be much easier and cheaper than messing with another columm.
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Re: Steering column replacement

I think that the column only has 3 bolts to tighten. Most of the columns in that year of Chevy are similar...vans, trucks, cars...

I agree that if it is only loose, you can just tighten the bolts and it will be fine. That is the cheapest fix as well. I suggest using locktight on them when you do this.

Loose columns are not uncommon in chevy's. I have tightened mine up a couple of times over the last 10 years.
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Re: Steering column replacement

where are these bolts?

my buddies K5 has this problem. i've avoided the problem with a non tilt column, so i've never run across this issue.

and this is why there needs to be an "oh sh*t" handle on the drivers side of trucks.
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Re: Steering column replacement

Thanks for the input guys. I'm going to pick the truck up this afternoon, so I will be able to look into the problem more in depth shortly.
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