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Old 01-13-2021, 10:30 PM   #5
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Re: Loose shaft in column

Originally Posted by rechinca View Post
The spring and washer are there. I can pull up on it and the spring pulls it back down. How do I adjust out that preload? I think that may be my issue.

Loosen the clamp bolt just above the intermediate shaft flex joint and put some upward pressure on the upper part of the intermediate shaft flex joint while someone holds down on the steering wheel to get the preload on the bearing retainer spring, then tighten the clamp while both are holding them. The preload distance depends on the year of your truck. The preload distance is measured between the large washer and the bottom of the bearing where the spring sits. On a '67 the distance is 7/8". I think the others are listed in the chassis service manuals.


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