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Old 02-13-2005, 10:04 AM
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Rebuilding Chevy Van steering column

I'm rebuilding a 1978 Chevy Van steering column. Is there a common turn signal switch used in rebuilding? I asked due to the different wire harness' available. Also, is there a web site or book with directions on rebuilding columns?

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Old 02-13-2005, 10:10 PM
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Answers are yes and yes. This has been discussed in great depth on this board. Do a search and you should find everything you need to know including step- by-step rebuild photos.
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Hi willys36, Thanks for all you do. I researched this site extensively, and found a pretty informative post on this subject http://hotrodders.com/showthread.php...mn+and+repair. My column is tight, but I want to tear it down to clean, lubricate and paint before installation. My column is from a 1978 Chevy Van without a key cylinder. I also didn't see any torx, once the signal switch was removed. I did see the tilt mechanism spring retainer, but got cold feet when I thought I was in new territory. I could see what looked like a 13 point nut on the center shaft with red thread lock. Because there were so many differences between my column and the original post, I started a new thread.
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There is no need to go any deeper than the key cylinder in these puppies if the tilt mechanism is solid. Just take out all the plastic stuff on top, clean and inspect it, lube w/ light grease and reassemble. This is a good time to get the ignition cylinder re-keyed to match the doors.
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My column does not have a key cylinder. One of my canceling springs is broken on the signal switch assembly. I need to go deeper, as thats the only way to remove the switch assembly. Thanks in advance for all your help.
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That is as deep as I would go!
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