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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Feb 2nd, 14, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Question Bad Rag Joint

The question now is if anyone can tell me if the rag joint has to be replaced.

I have loosened the 2 bolts to be able to separate it from the steering column.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Feb 2nd, 14, 06:35 PM
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Re: Bad Rag Joint

It looks like it has some miles on it, but is not necessarily bad.

Have a helper turn the steering wheel back and forth while you watch and see if there is any rotating play between the flange at the bottom of the steering column and the pinch bolt connection at the steering gear input. If it has play, it needs to be replaced.

Also check closely for any cracks or damage to the rubber donut.

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Feb 3rd, 14, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Bad Rag Joint

Thanks,
I will check that but I think I will replace it anyway to be sure it is in good shape.

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Re: Bad Rag Joint

Mikael - Did you have to drop the steering column to get the rag joint out? Getting ready to do this myself. Thanks.

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old Feb 3rd, 14, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Bad Rag Joint

Haven't got it out yet but have read that you have to drop the steering gear or unbolt the steering column and pull it into the car.
I will pull out the subframe with engine and transmission and in my plan the steering column will separate from the rag joint.
This is how it looks right now.

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Re: Bad Rag Joint

you have to drop the column--that takes about 3 minutes to do--very, very easy.

They sell just the rubber donut--they are pretty cheap and easy to find if the rest of the joint looks good.

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Re: Bad Rag Joint

The joint looks like it still has some life left in it. You will have to drop the column as previously stated if you choose to replace it. It is no big deal and will be even easier for you to work on because you have the front clip removed.

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Re: Bad Rag Joint

Thanks. I plan to pull the column anyway to clean it up a bit, but thought I'd ask.

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Re: Bad Rag Joint

When re-installing the column after dropping, is there anything special, like adjusting, or is it just simply bolting it into place? Never done it before myself..

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 8th, 14, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Bad Rag Joint

I havent removed the column, only loosened the bolt bolts and pulled it about 2 inches inwards. I havent get the new rag loint yet and the car is still in pieces but I guess the only thing you have to do is to push the column back in place as soon as the new rag joint is installed, but I have some work to do before that will happen as for example get the subframe back in place.

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