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Carey 10-21-2001 06:24 PM

tilt column repair
I have a tilt column in an 85 GW. Is there a repair kit available for the tilt mechanism so that it will be solid again? Right now it wobbles everywhere and would not be safe to drive. I don't want to spend $300 for a replacement column.

Carey Smith
71 (C101)Jeepster Commando
97 (TJ) Wrangler
95 Bronco
Middle Tennessee Trail Runners

ozarkjeep 10-23-2001 11:25 PM

Re: tilt column repair
any GOOD autoparts store should be able to help you, its a GM column, its identical to any chevy truck of the same era. the tilt bushings are a common problem.

first thing is to remoive the wheel and lockplate and tighten all the screws, thats the most common problem


I love the U.S.A.

soundwve 01-07-2002 01:23 AM

Re: tilt column repair
I had an '84 XJ Cherokee with the same problem. The steering column is made of aluminum, and not a very high grade. It is rather weak, especially if you hit it with your knee getting out of the truck. (Like me.) There are three ways to fix this. 1: Buy another column from a junkyard, and paint-to-match. (easiest) 2: Buy a column from a junkyard, and rebuild your old one. Need to use the upper tube (or the entire tube) and the bearings from the donor column. (difficult) 3: Go to a chrysler dealer and buy a new upper tube and bearings, then rebuild your old one. (difficult + absurdedly expensive!) Hope this helps!!

1973 J-4000 pickup "custom"
(built-up EFI 4.0, SM420 4sp, Dana 20 t-case, Dana 44 HD front, Dana 60 rear)

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