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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-03-2007, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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*&#% Tilt Wheel Problems Again...

I get sick of these GM columns quiting in Jeeps...

'86 GW, key cylinder turns but doesn't unlock the shifter or activate the starter switch...

I'm looking at spending my 4th weekend fixing the column in my FSJ instead of ripping around in my CJ.
I'm really beginning to dislike this working on something that isn't fun crap...

Any 'Quick Fix' suggestions before I drop the lower dash and column?
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My guess would be a broken actuator rack. Here's a blowup, and a link to a pretty good photo-description. (You shouldn't have to drop the column, it all comes out through the top.)

El Camino Central - G-Body Loose Tilt Steering Column Repair...Fix it right the first time.

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Thanks man! Good graphic and excellent write up!
That may make my life more simple.
Driving the CJ and Cad until a cool day when I can get around to fixing the column...


Got it home, pulled the pin on the transmission linkage and hand shifted the manual valve, and hot wired the ignition to get it home...

Nearly ran over my own head when I crawled under and kicked it in gear!!!
But things are fine now...

Anyway, if anyone else has tips, I'd sure like to hear them!
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Nearly ran over my own head when I crawled under and kicked it in gear!!!
Not smart, but then not much at risk either.

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Thought I'd be safe with just setting the E-brake...
I was wrong.

It did slow my SJ enough I could get out in time, but really got the thickened lard I call blood moving for a little bit!
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What can we swap a gm column out from to replace a jeep CJ tilt column? Mine's damaged from an attempted theft.
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Thanks for the advice.
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If they were going to make anti-thieft devices, you would think they would make it out of stuff a 10 year old kid couldn't break...
Mine is a mess. Looks like stuff just fell apart.
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If they were going to make anti-thieft devices, you would think they would make it out of stuff a 10 year old kid couldn't break...
Mine is a mess. Looks like stuff just fell apart.
I feel your pain. Every couple of years I have mine partly disassembled to retighten and red locktite the fasteners that come loose and make it all wobbly. Someone mentioned, and they are probably right, that we have to be carefull not to use the steering wheel to pull ourselves up into your jeeps. Not accusing you of anything, but I know I used to give it a pull to get up. Now I grab the roll bar.
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