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Old 05-24-2006, 11:08 AM
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Chevy Caprice steering column work - Rack Kit

My Chevy broke last week. I go to turn the key and it doesn't start but the lights turn on as if it was starting. THE STARTER IS FINE, I know that much. While I have the key turned, I had to jiggle the steering column (already loose) and it would connect. I did that for almost a week (jiggling).

Then the race or sector gear (piece that holds the rod) broke. The most critical part in my steering column... to start the car. I waited 2 hours for my brother to show up with a steering wheel puller so I could take it apart and start it with a pair of pliers.

I'm ordering the "GM Rack Kit" that comes with the piece I need but I don't know how to put it on. I have yet to look in my shop manual (just dawned on to me) but I'll do that after I come home from work. I just need to know how to install it. Anybodys and everybodys help is always greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-25-2006, 10:00 PM
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I would just install another column ... less expensive most likely and easy to do ...
Neglected problems ... ALWAYS gets worse ...
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Old 05-26-2006, 07:01 AM
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I was thinking about that but I didn't want to spend more than $100 fixing a simple starting problem. Granted it would fix my shaky/loose steering column and give me back my wipers and cruise control but I'd rather do it the mechanic's way and rebuild it piece by piece.
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broke 85 caprice column

install a light switch across the solonoid an call it good
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This might help. GM used the same column for decades. Just about all of them have problems. I don't think swapping in another used one is a good solution.

http://buickperformance.com/tiltstee...lumnwobble.htm
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I don't think swapping in another used one is a good solution.
I was NOT going to put a worn out one in it ... he already has one of those ...

Plenty of decent, not worn out columns available ... at least in my area ... with just a little looking ...

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...I don't think I have ever come across one that wasn't bad

I kinda like that the lock cylinder is bad on my S10...I can start it and take the key out
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...I don't think I have ever come across one that wasn't bad

I kinda like that the lock cylinder is bad on my S10...I can start it and take the key out
Same thing in my wagon and Camaro. THANK YOU SO MUCH ON THAT STEERING COLUMN WEBSITE!! THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR!! Now all I got to do is get a pivot pin removal tool... and then I can finish. My tilt steering repair kit came in the mail yesterday from eBay for $30 total... better than $62 + tax from the dealer.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
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Now all I got to do is get a pivot pin removal tool...
I have always just used a slide hammer and a machine screw (I think it is a #10 ). Be careful with the driver side...I almost took out my window when it finally came out.
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