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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-19-2002, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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Lower steering column bearing replacement

I've noticed my lower steering column bearing has a lot of movement in it. This is the one at the very end where the splines are. It looks like remove a clip, remove the cup, remove the bearing and replace. This is and '80 with the tilt column. Is it that simple? I did a search and all I found was for the top end and my Haynes shows nothing on this.
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Re: Lower steering column bearing replacement

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I think you're about right on the money. Hooch did this recently on his '83, you should drop him an E-mail for the particulars. I'm just his parts gofer, don't ask it's a long story. Parts from Rosser were:

# J4486713, this was the bearing $10.95
# J4487696, this was the retainer $2.95

It's not much info but maybe you can get some good from it.

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Re: Lower steering column bearing replacement

I see them all over e-bay, too.

Anybody know where to find that same bearing replacement kit for a 74, or would the one from a 76 and later work?
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Re: Lower steering column bearing replacement

Jeff,

Based on your comments, I went out and pulled the clip and the cap just to see how much problem it was (believe it or not, it's 53 degrees here at 9:30PM in mid November, where was this weather when I was doing that frame swap). I was about to go get a screwdriver to pry out the bearing when my fingers found a big opening on the back side of the column tube. Just stuck a finger in and pushed the bearing part way out. I don't have a new one yet so I didn't pull it all the way out. It looks like a no brainer though.

I used the part numbers you gave me to do a search on the net. Leaving the "J" off the front, I verified that the part number was correct but I also found that a 4487696K gives you a complete kit with a new cup and clip for an extra dollar. Thanks, I'll call my parts guy in the morning.
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Re: Lower steering column bearing replacement

My c-clip didn't want to do the job so I just used a radiator hose clamp to hold it all in position.
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