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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 12th, 02, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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This is not Camaro related.My cousins 84 silverado p/u tilt column is loose around where it tilts,will wobble side to side.I think the bolts are loose,but don't know for sure.Any thoughts,and whats involved to fix it?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 13th, 02, 10:59 AM
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pull the wheel off, then the lock plate and the turn signal switch- and maybe the ignition lock cylinder. you should be able to get a socket down there now to tighten up the bolts that hold everything together. i have been told it is a good idea to put some loctite on them so they don't come out again.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 13th, 02, 03:57 PM
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Youll need a special tool to pull the pins before you can tighten the bolts. Both Snap On and Matco have one for about $35 which are the only ones that I know of who sell that tool.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 13th, 02, 11:35 PM
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which pins do you need to pull? i did this a few years ago on an 87 Caprice column, and didn't have to pull any pins at all. i couldn't get to one of the 3( i think) bolts, but the 2 i got tightened it up real nice. of course, i sold the car the column was in, and the guy that got it had problems with it loosening up about a month later.he'd hit a bump driving down the road, and the car would shut off. that's why i suggested the loctite, which i did not have at the time.
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To do it right, you should pull out the pins that top half of the column pivots on. Then, you can remove the top half of the column (the part that actually tilts) and remove the four bolts and loctite them.

Without ripping the pins out, you can get at two or three of the bolts and just sock 'em down. This usually works pretty good.
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I did it on my 88 Camaro IROC. You need pivot pin tool that Joecool talked about plus the hub / lock plate tool and a whole lot of patents to do the job. Also the Locktite sounds like a very good idea, although I did not do that because I was told that it was not a good idea to remove the Torx bolts for fear of dropping them into the steering column. Good Luck.
I also found a procedure on the Third Gen. Web page.
I also found both tools from a guy on this Team Camaro BB called “Mobile Tools”.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 15th, 02, 04:31 PM
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I know that matco and snap on have kits to service tilt columns. They both come with a steering wheel puller, lock plate tool, various bolts for different types of columns and the pin puller tool(you have to buy the pin tool seperate for snap on kit). Its not cheap though about $200 plus from snap on and a little less from matco.

I think book time calls for close to two hours to do the job if theres no air bag or other such obsticles.

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