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clunk in Ididit steering column

I installed an Ididit tilt steering column in my '63 Vette. I vehicle has 200 miles on it and there is a 'clunk' when I turn the wheel. It appears to be coming from the housing area of the tilt (I assume there is a knuckle in the column.)
Everything seems tight, the steering box the tie rods, etc. This is a power steering car.
Has any one had this problem?
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Got any upward pressure on the shaft? Loosen the bolts off that mount it to the dash and then try it. Put the wheel in a neutral position also.
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Does the clunk occur at the same point in the rotation of the wheel? Does the clunk occur at all tilt positions? or just one? Did this just start? or has it been since you installed the column?

The knuckle in that tilt column is a plastic ball with slots, each shaft has a "C" shaped yoke which engages the slots. There is a U shaped spring that is supposed to keep the joint tight, but it would have to be in a serious groove in order for it to clunk.

There is a pair of bearings on the upper shaft that are preloaded with a spring under the key lock collar, if those bearings are loose it could make a sound as well.

If the main housing is loose on the lower housing,(the pressed in pivot pins are loose, or the knuckle ws machined wrong, or it is an early Ididit column that still used USED parts... it will rock up and down when you turn the steering wheel, that could make a clunking sound.,


If the clunking sound is accompanied by a tight spot, and occurs at the same place twice in every rotation, you could have a binding U joint..


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All of the above suggestions except for one more. Are you using a support bearing? Some of the cheaper ones allow too much slack in the lower steering column extension shafts.

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......and one more - are any universals timed correctly? These have to be set up the same way as the driveshaft universals. That includes the one in the column to the rag or universal joint.

I suggest you call IDIDIT - I haven't had any problems but I have talked to the owners several times at shows and there doesn't seem to be an BS to them.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I finally called Ididit and they are shipping a new column out today. Hopefully, it will work and I can go on the Power Tour.
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Spoke to them at Goodguys Del Mar.......spent way too much of their time with my questions. I was impressed, and will use their columns in my cars. I was impressed to hear him say that if you ever have a problem with one of his columns, send it back and they will rebuild it and ship it back, without an invoice! That really got my attention.
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