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Old 02-28-2005, 12:23 PM
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Can't get my tilt wheel apart...

Hi all, I am new to the forum. I looked for answers for my question on how to get my mid 70's tilt wheel steering column apart, but no luck. I keep finding info on newer ones with the plastic covers. I need to get to the tilt section of the shaft. I have removed all the guts up to the the tilt spring, but I can't get any futher. I am removing the shifter from the column and want to seal up the rotating cover, but need to remove it, but I can not get the cover of the turn signal off.

I have a photo to post but I keep getting a "page can not be displayed error.
Can I get some help on that too?

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James

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Old 02-28-2005, 03:37 PM
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tilt column

I think you have come to the snap ring. Push down on the plastic cover, you have to push hard it is holding the bearing load spring in, and you will see the snap ring.

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pictures

The thread just won't let me load pictures for you. It says they are already there. A lot of flaws in this new system.

Sorry
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Here are some sites that discuss repair of these puppies.

http://www.chevyasylum.com/column/tiltcol.html

http://home.t-online.de/home/O_Scholz/steering.html

http://www.carcraft.com/howto/56459/

Her is probably the best one;

http://www.automotiveac.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=95
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you have me confused, you say you have all the guts out to the tilt spring, but you can't get the signal switch cover off. the tilt spring is under the cover. can you explain in little more detail.
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Old 02-28-2005, 05:24 PM
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more detail about my tilt

Ok here goes...the tilt column is all metal. I think it is a mid 70's it has the shift automatic shift and no key on the shaft. It is basic version, no cruise, no telescopic, just tilt, turn and shift. I got the tilt without the steering wheel on it. So I could see the turn signal assemby right off (three screws). I took that out and was now down to the assemby that the turn signal assembly screwed to. I could see what looked like a "washer" with a square hole in it. Through the web info I saw that this "washer " is actually a cup that you push in and rotate a quarter turn counterclockwise to release the tilt spring. It is at this pointy I am stuck. All the housings are still attached. My goal is to be able to remove the shifter housing, the one that turns when you put the tranny in park, netral, etc. So I can do some work on it and generally clean up the whole column.

Hope this helps. Is there any other place to post pics so that you can see what I am talking about? I am going to go look at the other sites that was mentioned in the replies. Thanks a bunch for all the help.....James
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Old 02-28-2005, 05:39 PM
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more info on the tilt

Read my post before this one and keep going. I can see the upper bearing and if I remove the nut that threads onto the shaft i can get the shaft itself to move a 1/2" (12.7mm for you northern guys...lol)or so. It seems that the housing that covers the turn signal assemby would come off, or so I think.

I looked at those web pages and they all are the ones I looked at. My housing is completly round and metal. If some one wants to see the pics of where I am on the column I cold e-mail them to you...if it would help.

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ok, now i know were your at. you have to remove the cup with the square hole in it. i made my tool out of 3/16 square stock with a washer welded to it. put the tilt in the up position, push down and turn the cup, but be carefull, theres lots of tension on it. there is also 3 screws through the bottom of the casing that must be removed, if you have not already taken them out. keep us posted.
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Read the links I posted above. They show step by step photos of exactly what to do.
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Old 03-01-2005, 07:31 PM
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Tilt

Still can not get the housing for the turn signal off.
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I see where you'r stuck now...

I have that same column in my 71k5 and have had it apart a few times.

That round sheet metal part ("the cover I need to remove") is just slid over the rest of the column. As it gets old it might not want to come off to easy but there are no fastners holding it on. Find any way you can to pry/pull it off without bending it up too much (it is thin). It comes straight up.
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When you get the cover off you will have to use a slide hammer (or some other way) with a screw in the piviot pins. I almost broke my driver window out when it came out

While you are in there replace BOTH of the bearings. You will not be able to find an inner race for either (at least I couldn't). I ended up having to turn down the shaft so a 25mm bearing would fit over it and open up the bore of the steering column some. The bearings are under designed for this application.
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Old 03-02-2005, 09:26 AM
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Tilt

Thanks Triaged. I will try this later today. I will post how I faired getting the cover off. I don't think I'll break any windows.....cause my column in on the bench! I'll post a photo of the damage I do if any...lol
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Old 03-02-2005, 02:08 PM
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Tilt Cover off!

FINALLY...I got the cover off. Seems that bugger was on to stay. I twisted, pulled and all but cursed and it would not come off. I took the screw driver and hammer to it...he he he, it couldn't beat that. The cover came off with out destroying or needing bodywork.

I knew you guys would come up with the answer. Thanks a bunch. Now to get the pins out without a slide hammer...... I'll go back and look at some of the site to see how other people got theirs out. Any suggestions....
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You can screw a bolt into the pins (they're threaded) and use vice grips and pry bars to remove them. Can also buy a tool kit to do the job easier.
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