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Old 04-07-2004, 07:52 AM
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cure for worn steering shaft?

I had some side to side play in my steering wheel so I replaced the top steering column bearing and also tightened up all the screws and bolts inside the column. This helped but there was still a slight bit of movement left in the wheel after I got it back together (this is side to side, not rotational movement). Upon close inspection I could see that the movement was caused by the steering shaft being slightly smaller than the bearing collar (approx 1/32"). I'm guessing this is due to long time shaft wear.

I used some very thin nylon material inserted between the shaft and bearing collar which eliminated the wheel movement but I can't imagine it lasting for very long. Is there any permanent remedy short of a new shaft?

Oh, this is a '78 Ford E-150 column.

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Are you sure they gave you the correct bearing and sleeve? D4TZ 3517-B (BRG) and BIAZ 3518-A (SLV) (Fixed Wheel).

If the shaft is actually worn that much to have it loose in the bearing, I would search for a new shaft.
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The part number for the bearing was FMC 23Z-3517-B. I did not get the rubber piece which goes around the outside of the bearing (is this the "sleeve" you refered to?).

Also, I got the bearing at my local Ford dealer and they did have to do an awful lot of tracking to find it - the part number had been changed a couple of times and the new number wasn't showing up on their computer. After about 15 minutes they were able to locate it.

Based on appearance I would say it matches the old bearing exactly.
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