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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Aug 30th, 17, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Steering SHAFT wobbly, not rotation??

I have tried so many ways to search for this but I keep getting steering box issues and rag joint or others but I have a problem with my steering wheel being loose as you grab the wheel and push on it right and left. I'm sure it was from the years of big people using it as a grab bar trying to get in and out, but how do I fix this? I may have found that it is the steering column upper bearing and that an entire assembly may be needed to fix it? Anyone know if I am going the right direction? Is my problem as common as I think it should be?


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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Aug 30th, 17, 09:31 AM
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Re: Steering SHAFT wobbly, not rotation??

What year, make, and model column is it or is it an aftermarket ?.

Is it a standard column or a tilt column ?.

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Re: Steering SHAFT wobbly, not rotation??

sorry, 69 , tilt wheel. stock and likely original. I have the wooden wheel.


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sorry, 69 , tilt wheel. stock and likely original. I have the wooden wheel.
It just helps with finding an answer with getting the most info.

I "think" there are some bolts down in the column that come loose and I "think" some are easily accessible while another one or two are not. I had an old tilt column that a steering column repair shop replaced an ignition tumbler in it and he also tightened some bolts and it was a LOT tighter than before but I remember him telling me not all are easily accessible unless the column it taken further apart.

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thanks ill open her up and see if anything is loose!
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Re: Steering SHAFT wobbly, not rotation??

I don't know if I've ever had one like that apart. The one's I remember have the dimmer on the turn signal lever. I think the bolts are readily accessible with the turn signal switch out of the way. I did them most often by unplugging the harmonica connector and pushing the wires up the column some but not pulling it completely out. ( I hate fishing the wires thru)

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Re: Steering SHAFT wobbly, not rotation??

I haven't worked on the older tilts, but the 70's tilts hinge on two pins that can break. It takes a special tool to extract them. Or you can make one. You need to determine if it's the shaft bearing or housing pins. If it's the housing pins, the whole upper housing will move. If it's just the steering wheel, it's the upper bearing.

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Re: Steering SHAFT wobbly, not rotation??

I have a tilt, floor shift column and I had (have) the same problem. I purchased a bearing kit from Crown (Summit), and I was able to get to the upper bearing and it was shot, with the balls missing and falling out. It really needs a total rebuild, but it is definitely better than it was before I installed the bearing, but it still has a slight looseness. I couldn't get to the lower bearing without removing the column. So to do it right, I need to purchase another one using this as the core, or sending this one in to have it rebuilt.

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Re: Steering SHAFT wobbly, not rotation??

so im a big dummy because as i got started i found that the only thing loose was the nut on the steering wheel itself! I have put up with this for so long for such a simple fix


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