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Old 03-30-2005, 11:58 PM
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Slop in S-10 Steering Column??

The steering column in my truck has some crazy slop. The steering wheel moves side to side a good 6 inches. Is this common? Is it a easy fix, or is it worth fixing at all? If it cannot be fixed fairly easily I will go buy one at the wreckers, but I would like to fix this one.

If you've had it happen, what was the problem.

If it helps its a '82 S-10 with a tilt column.



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Old 03-31-2005, 04:03 AM
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http://www.fieros.de/en/articles/steering.html

The above link is not an S-10 but it will help you get a general idea. There are 4 bolts inside the column that work loose over time and cause what you have described.

Hope this helps.
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Wow, to be moving that far I would have to guess your column mount bolts are not only loose, they are gone. Have you crawled under the dash to have a look at what's happening? I'm assuming from what you said it's the entire column that is moving...not just the shaft/wheel. The good news would be, the column mount bolts are accessible from outside the column and you don't have to pull the wheel etc. as shown in the Fiero article link.
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Old 03-31-2005, 07:28 AM
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These Are notorious for doing that, if its that sloppy chunk it and put in another one. It is a lot faster. Repairing it is a bit&* it can be done. There are a few special tools that help and speed it up. If you like challenges are bored or just want to see how they work inside go nuts. If you do repair it put red lock tight on the threads of the screws down in there that came loose or it will do it again……….troy
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Old 03-31-2005, 07:34 AM
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Just viewed the link s10fan left. That will help you very good link. Sept for the part where the vise grips is being used to pull the pins. Get the tool if you are going to do it. They don’t come out that easy and if they do the hole or pins are wore.
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Old 04-01-2005, 12:10 AM
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Its not the whole column. Its from inside the tilt part. I will more than likely just buy a new one, but I'll rip this one apart and see if I can't fugure out what is going on.


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Quite often the three screws down inside the tilt unit come loose, and all that is needed is to loctite them in.
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