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Old 01-13-2021, 08:24 PM   #1
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Loose shaft in column

So part of my work was rebuilding the steering column. Took it for a maiden voyage and I can pull my steering wheel/shaft toward me about 1/2 -1Ē. What did I do wrong?
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Re: Loose shaft in column

Leave out the big spring and washer at the bottom of the column? It's the preload.
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Leave out the big spring and washer at the bottom of the column? It's the preload.
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.
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What you posted was off-topic to this thread. Please start your own thread about your question instead of Hy-jacking this one.

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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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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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Lock I just read a post you made a few years back explaining that (along with this one), went out and Iíll be. It worked perfect! Took about 2 mins and that included getting out the wrench and putting it away! Thanks for the info.
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Lock I just read a post you made a few years back explaining that (along with this one), went out and Iíll be. It worked perfect! Took about 2 mins and that included getting out the wrench and putting it away! Thanks for the info.

Good deal! I like easy fixes....

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