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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-19-2001, 09:28 PM
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Tilt steering colum play

I replaced my stock steering wheel with a grant wheel and during the process of removing the old one (which by the way was the project from hell.To long to go into) but now I have about a two inch play in the wheel.Can i strip this thing down and tighten the colum or do I have to replace it.Mind you the 10lb hammer method was used to get the frickin old one off.Any advice would help.It still steer's fine but the amount of play makes me alittle nervous at high speeds.

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Re: Tilt steering colum play

Simply replacing the steering wheel with another should not cause any "play " in the wheel, the 10 lb hammer thing is a little scarry! you may have done some damage to the gear box it's self, telescoping the impact to the shaft can cause real damage to the upper worm gear. You may want to have the gearbox checked for possible damage or unusual wear.
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Re: Tilt steering colum play

I guess you didn't use the following:






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Re: Tilt steering colum play

10 lb. hammer? uh. oh. i would also think you need to look at the steering box. could be toast.

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Re: Tilt steering colum play

The wheel was on and wouldnt budge,we went through two types of pullers and it still wouldnt budge what came next was to weld a1/2 inch plate onto the wheel using a three prong puller and an inpact to pull this thing off when that didnt work the hammer method had to be used.From all indications everything else is good but the colum just past the tilt is loose.Can I rebiuld the colum or is it better to replace it.I was looking at the flaming river colum or go to the yards to find a oem replacement.

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Re: Tilt steering colum play

I know on the GM style tilt columns there are 4 bolts that can be tightened. I had a column that was very loose. It would move in all directions about an inch. You have to remove, ignition, turn signal switch, etc... to get to the bolts. You may have loosened them with the hammer or you might have broken something else.

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