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Old 03-22-2009, 05:23 PM
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loose steering wheel in my street rod

I have a Chevy aftermarket steering column. The steering wheel seems a little loose. is there something within the column that can be tightened?

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Old 03-22-2009, 06:05 PM
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Does it have tilt built into it?

I know they were notorious for the 4 bolts coming loose making the tilt loose.
Don't know if the aftermarket design is the same.
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There is also a bearing up top that could be worn.
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I had a 78 Buick with tilt, and a similar thing happened with it. There are 4 allen head bolts down deep in the column that worked loose. I didn't want to take the whole thing apart so I took the lower cover off and managed to get a couple of them tight, which worked. They eventually worked loose again though, and I had to do it again.
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I could be a number of things and all of what has been mentioned. I know a common problem with steering play is the coupler. The couple is a round disc looking thing that connects at the end of the steering shaft and connects to your steering box. They are rubber and they rot and break. Most people don't look at them and assume they are good because they look good. Take it off and see if the rubber is cracked or split.
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lower cover in steering column.

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I had a 78 Buick with tilt, and a similar thing happened with it. There are 4 allen head bolts down deep in the column that worked loose. I didn't want to take the whole thing apart so I took the lower cover off and managed to get a couple of them tight, which worked. They eventually worked loose again though, and I had to do it again.

can you detail what lower cover you are referring to? thanks.
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loose steering column

Thanks guys. It sounds like the 4 bolts are loose. Can you detail what cover you are referring to and how to take it off so I can tighten the allen heads.
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Just going by memory here, but it would have been the cover on the column below the wheel. This was a stock unit so your's may be completely different. There will be a way to get to them, you'll have to look.
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Your best bet would be to call the manufacturer. If it's an aftermarket unit they would likely have a tech line. What brand is it?
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I have no idea who the manufacturer is.

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Can you post a picture? They usually have some bolts under the wheel that get's loose.
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loose steering column

I will pull the wheel off and see if i can get to the bolts you are suggesting. Thanks.
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I will pull the wheel off and see if i can get to the bolts you are suggesting. Thanks.

If I remember right,You may have to undo the blinker set up,And just lift it a little to get to the bolts,It sound's harder then it is. Good luck.
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If its the same as the column in my Fiero here os a link

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum2/HTML/088020.html
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Just went take my flaming river column a part,It's made a little different then the factory one's that has the bolts under the blinker's.You need to post a picture so we maybe able to tell what column you have..
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