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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-17-2003, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Help - YJ Steering Column

I've taken apart my column on my YJ to try to replace the turn signal stem which has been sheared off at the base. I have always had a loose wheel and now I know why. The PO took it apart to replace the ignition switch and failed to guess at the correct order of pieces when putting it back together. The spring was on the outside of the lock plate, etc. Is there a diagram or breakout of the individual components and the order they should be returned. Perhaps a scan out of a FSM? Haynes and Chilton don't seem to do it justice. Any help would be appreciated. My option is to go down to the U-Pull-It yard and take one of theirs apart which is in the correct configuration. Hate to risk losing someone elses column.

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Re: GM Steering Column Diagram

Okay, I'm good getting the wheel off, its between these two illustrations that I'm confused.





Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Help - YJ Steering Column

1. My guess is that you've not read this...Ray's semi-posterior method for fixing a loose tilt column
2. It will give you a very good breakdown on column repair.
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Re: Help - YJ Steering Column

Hey LEVE,

That is a great link. I believe it is for fixing a tilt column that is loose at the tiliting mechanism. I had the same problem on my '89 Chevy truck. The whole upper section of the column would move side to side about 1/2".

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Re: Help - YJ Steering Column

Once again, thanks Larry, that helps a lot.

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Re: Help - YJ Steering Column

Spent four hours on Saturday working on this bad boy and still have no clue what some of these [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img] parts are in the column.

The entire turn signal/stem unit has been replaced. I now have wipers (with delay), left/right and high beams.

I replaced the canceler and turn signal components and now have hazards as well.

Getting it all back together has been the pain. I pulled two columns at the junk yard to get the parts I needed and paid close attention to how it all came out. I am left with a part I don't recognize and tons of slop in the upper steering shaft bearings. Something must be missing that presses the race into the shaft and stiffens up the center shaft.

First, (pardon the crayon drawing) what is this part and why was the spring shoved into it and the rounded off end pushed against the bearings race? See attachment

Help!

Also can't get the wheel to push all the way back on. Only a couple of turns on the nut and its tight as can be but still far from the coller.

suggestions please. I need to be able to move this bugger with something other than a vice grip! [img]images/graemlins/AR15firing.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img]




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Re: Help - YJ Steering Column

That piece is what preloads the upper bearing it goes on before the spring with the open end toward the bearing, rounded end toward spring. (see attachment)

Did you mark the steering wheel before you pulled it off? If not look for line up marks, hopefully it's allready marked (line on shaft, dot on wheel). Also make sure you have the horn ring lined up.

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Re: Help - YJ Steering Column

Shazam! Thats the type of diagram I have been looking for! [img]images/graemlins/RockOn.gif[/img] The PO must have flipped the piece upside-down and as a result the spring popped inside it. That explains a lot. As for marking the wheel.... it was never marked when they put it back on so I have no idea if it was right to begin with. Any trick to determining the orientation? Is there an odd number of splines in one spot on the shaft and on the wheel?

Thanks [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]

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