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Old 07-07-2006, 09:01 PM
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im working on an 86 dodge power ram W-250. i need to tighten up a few bolts in the steering column because the tilt wheel is loose. my question is, i got the wheel off, but theres a steel plate right under it. i was wondering if there was a special tool i need to get that off or do i just pry it off or what?

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Old 07-07-2006, 11:37 PM
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Same tool as for a GM. I think the are the same column. I have posted up links in the past for how to work on them...do a search for my name.
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Old 07-08-2006, 12:07 AM
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ok cool... thanks man. i worked on a GM a LONG time ago and cant remember how i did it. this isnt my specialty, so, thanks for the help. i appreciate it.
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Old 07-08-2006, 12:10 AM
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There is a tool for getting that circlip off?
I didn't know that
I always just pushed down on the lock plate and pryed the circlip out of it's groove with an angled pick.
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lol... i guess i could try that too?
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There is a tool for getting that circlip off?
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All in here:
http://buickperformance.com/tiltstee...lumnwobble.htm
I think you can get a loaner at Autozone and maybe other auto parts stores.
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Thanks triaged
that tool looks easy to make too.
Cool link too!
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im working on an 86 dodge power ram W-250. i need to tighten up a few bolts in the steering column because the tilt wheel is loose. my question is, i got the wheel off, but theres a steel plate right under it. i was wondering if there was a special tool i need to get that off or do i just pry it off or what?

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hey loser umm yeah i guess im a loser too cuz i dont know either but n=my moms bf does! muh haha
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The best part about it (and hardest to make) is the green part. It is the same OD as the steering shaft. It threads onto the end of the steering shaft (where the steering wheel nut went). You then can compress the lock plate and pry out the snap ring. You leave the snap ring on the green part so that you don't need to expand the snap ring in order to get it onto the shaft...you just slide it down. The tool goes for about $10 and is very much worth it (IMO).

The other tool you are going to need to buy are the "inverted torx sockets" to tighten the bolts down that are loose...and some red loctite on them so they don't loosen back up again.
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Ten spot, huh? I guess I can spend ten bucks rather than spend an hour making the tool. Thanks for the extra explantion about its function.



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Not to scare ya but----could be worn pivots in the tilt mechanism.

I have had to re-do my 79 chev twice (also have had to replace TSig switch twice--cause tilting eventually broke the wires---at one time--brake lights and rear signals would only work with the wheel down).

Kind of a pain---but if you use your tilt like I do mine--be worth it to fix

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Are you one of those guys that uses the tilt every time to get in/out of the car? If so I could see how you would wear it out. What wore out? Was it the pins or the column housing?

One other problem is guys with lifted trucks that use the steering wheel as a grab handle to pull themselves into their truck. I'm sure that was the problem with my 71.
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i have no clue. the guy just bought the truck. its not lifted, yet. i was thinking about just replacing the whole steering column. how hard of a job is that?
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I have only had to replace the pivot pins so far.
The truck has over 400,000 on it.
And yes--most used option in any of my cars.
My recent purchase of the 66 EC will have one very soon.
Truck is lowered so I'm not using the wheel to pull myself in.

Changing a column is really not a big deal, I would think the bigger issue would be to find one for an ol dodge. If you are not all that fussy about having tilt-- should not be much of a problem though.

When buying my new Ranger---no tilt was a deal breaker

I live in So. Texas----Seldom use the AC--gotta have the tilt though.
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Ok Cool... Thanks For The Info Guys!
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