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Old 02-23-2009, 01:06 PM
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Steering Column (shaft) collapsed

Like always, I am learn something new daily.. Yesterday, I was working on my steering linkage, and noticed that my steering shaft was not protruding from the lower portion of the column. I honestly don't remember dropping the column, or hammering on it..And I personally pulled the column from the car which wasn't wrecked..Anyhow, after researching, I have come to the conclusion that the internal shaft of the column must have collapsed..I did pull the shaft back down into place and continued to connect my steering linkage..Now, I think I have two choices..I can either take the column apart and repair the shaft (weld it together), or just leave it.. The steering appears to operate ok as is...Any thoughts on this? The column is out of a '82 Caprice.And it is a tilt column..I have heard some say that it is ok to leave as is IF it is a tilt column, but that it is junk if it isn't a tilt column...

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Old 02-23-2009, 05:51 PM
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It would help if we had some pics to go by.
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Just leave it alone, you have sheared the nylon pins.It can't collapse on ya as it is retained at the proper length by the connection at the box.WHATEVER YOU DO DO NOT WELD IT SOLID! In an accident you could be speared by the column it won't collapse as designed and your chest takes the hit.
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Ok, so your stand on it is to just leave it alone...Has anyone else ran into this? Can those shafts separate at all in the future? Or how about abnormal wear on the joints?

Probably a bit over cautious, but this is the steering...lol

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Old 02-24-2009, 08:18 AM
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Are you talking about the shaft? It is supposed to slide in and out.If that is what you are talking about then you are fine.
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:27 AM
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yes I am talking about the shaft..And I was thinking that the shaft was in a fixed position, until something happened to it to "collapse" it, thus popping the little plastic keeper...Trust me, I'm liking the fact that it looks like I woun't have to replace my column..I just wanted to ensure that everything was still ok with it..I had been told many things about it..both good and bad...
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:17 AM
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The column is fine to use, the shaft has a nylon pin that holds the shaft from falling out on the assembly line, you probably broke it pulling it off the rag joint, the shaft is made to collapse in an accident so the shaft won't come thru the steering wheel and pierce your chest! The normal streetrod application is not a straight mounting,but rather an angle to the floorboard to a universal joint, which ,in theory, would negate the need for the collapsible shaft, but it's good insurance anyway!
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Old 02-28-2009, 10:09 AM
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shaft

I agree , use it .Not a safety problem.
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Steering column

That is exactly the way it is made... I should do that so it can collapse.
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