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Old 07-15-2013, 08:03 PM
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GM Tilt column rebuild?

I have a tilt column from an 89 Astro van in my 40 Ford pickup. Recently, have noticed that if you try to turn the wheel with the steering wheel locked, the whole shift "bowl" will move left to right. This doesn't seem to effect the steering at all when driving but I'm guessing there's stuff in there that needs rebuilding. Has anyone overhauled one of these columns? I'm assuming that parts are not too hard to come by.

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new parts are impossible to find, your stuck with jy parts.
i have an 86 astro van column in my 58 truck and i've had it apart to fix the column lock and new lock cylinder.
pull the wheel off and start disassembling it, fix what's broken and put it back together.
here is an exploded view diagram, disassembley is pretty basic

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to pull the turn switch lever out, push the lever in, turn it to the left and pull the lever out
turning it disengages the catch pawls



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Excellent post on the Astro column.I bought off ebay the electrical and factory service manual,but don't have the means of scan and posts the breakdown.Some of the wiring codes are important for cruise,delay wipers,and ignition.So to have that ref in hand and buy those same manuals might not be a bad idea.It has helped me abunch on my Astro project van.
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At the bottom of the tilt bowl there are four 1/4" bolts that secure it to the column. They are loose, and allowing the play. Remove them one at a time, and reinstall with red locktite. Unfortunately most of the column has to come apart to get to them, but it can be done in the car.

Here is a good article on repairing one Illustrated tilt steering column disassembly

You can get any needed parts here
Steering Column Parts, Replacement, & How to Instructions
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Thanks for the info! I'm sure the 4 bolts are the issue and I just ordered some loctite and the pin remover tool from Amazon. I have a steering wheel puller already and I'm pretty good at getting the lock plate retainer ring off without one of the plate compressing tools. As soon as the stuff shows up, I will get into the column and fix it
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I used this guide on my column:


Illustrated tilt steering column disassembly

I got a tool just like this one at my local O'reilly parts store, same price, too!

Performance Tool W80650 GM Lock Plate Tool - Speedway Motors, America's Oldest Speed Shop
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