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Old 01-16-2008, 05:59 PM
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Steering wheel problem

OK guys...I need some help here.

Driving home from work yesterday and my steering wheel feels like it is going to fall off. Well....not fall off but I can wobble it from the 12 and 6 position about 1/4" to 1/2" of an inch. Is there some kind of bushing or bearing under the steering wheel? And if there is...how do you get the steering wheel off?

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Old 01-16-2008, 06:00 PM
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What year of truck??? Sounds like the bearings are going out or gone out.. My dad just had to fix a bunch of stuff in his steering collum on his 95. Its was about $350.
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Old 01-16-2008, 06:21 PM
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Its a 1996 F250
Did he get to everything by taking the steering wheel off? If he did..did he just use a standard 2 jaw puller?

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Old 01-16-2008, 06:44 PM
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Its a 1996 F250
Did he get to everything by taking the steering wheel off? If he did..did he just use a standard 2 jaw puller?

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He had to pull the whole thing because there are bearings on both ends. I would pull the steering wheel off first. he didnt have to, but his was so worn out he just hit it off with a hammer. . its not to bad to do.
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Old 01-16-2008, 06:49 PM
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steering wheel problems

Are you talking about steering play?If so its in the supension not the cab.I replaced the tie rod ends and adjusted the steering box a 1/4 turn.If your steering wheel can be lifted up and down,then you pull the steering wheel and tighten everything up.
if its tilt you tighten up differently,but it self explainatory.I rented a steering wheel tool from auto zone for the chevy I don't know about the ford.Ask auto zone,they have the tools if you need it.Its simple thought,just take you time.
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:29 PM
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Its a 1996 F250
Did he get to everything by taking the steering wheel off? If he did..did he just use a standard 2 jaw puller?

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Brad
No, don't use a jaw puller! Use a steering wheel puller. Turn the wheel straight up and reach through with both hands to the back of the plastic cover, or air bag cover if it's got an air bag. Pull upward and to you and the cover will snap loose, some come right off some fight.

Now you remove the big nut and install the puller, it bolts in the 2 small threaded holes and pushes on the big bolt or steering shaft. From there you should be able to pick your way down to the bearing and swap it out.
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:32 PM
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I rented a steering wheel tool from auto zone for the chevy I don't know about the ford.Ask auto zone,they have the tools if you need it.Its simple thought,just take you time.
Ford takes the same tool, and it's a must if you dont want more damage.
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Old 01-17-2008, 02:42 AM
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Yea..I figured that you had to use a puller. But on my truck's steering wheel..there is no place to install the puller..ie. no threaded bolt holes. Thats what my concern is. I'll try to take a picture and post it this evening.
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Old 01-17-2008, 06:06 PM
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i had the same problem with mine. there was play in the steering wheel, i could move the steering wheel up and down, talked to my mechanic and he said your better off just finding a used steering column and replacing the old one because it would be cheaper then having to go though and take the column apart. so i shopped around a little and found a steering column for 250 and it took me about 3 hours to take the old one out and put the new one in. havent had any problems and works great!
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i had the same problem with mine. there was play in the steering wheel, i could move the steering wheel up and down, talked to my mechanic and he said your better off just finding a used steering column and replacing the old one because it would be cheaper then having to go though and take the column apart. so i shopped around a little and found a steering column for 250 and it took me about 3 hours to take the old one out and put the new one in. havent had any problems and works great!
Yea. if you can find one. You have a 97, but my dad has a 95. So it was harder to find since that was the only year out 95,96, & 97 that didnt have an airbag.
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