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Old 03-28-2010, 07:10 PM
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97 Steering column repair

OK so I've got some serious play issues in my steering column. I've removed the steering wheel, gauge bezel, column covers, turn signal switch, and now need to remove the tilt mechanizem. Any tips on this? I've got no instruction manuals and have been winging it thus far.

The top, small, bearing is SHOT beyond recognition (found metal shavings in the column covers) and I'm praying the bottom one isn't toasted as well. I'm hoping I can find a new replacement at the local junk yard. I'm thinking the whole tilt device and bearing can be removed as one unit? I'm about to go back outside and pull the tilt spring, then remove the pivot screws, so I guess I'll find out soon enough.

Once I'm back into the installation process I was thinking about going for a custom GRANT, or other brand aftermarket steering wheel,... any tips here too?

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Aaron
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Old 03-28-2010, 07:22 PM
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ive never had mine apart before but might i sugesst buying a new bearing from like bearing direct or something so youll never have to worry about it again. Just gotta get bearing size, im sure someone knows that on here.
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Old 03-28-2010, 07:31 PM
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Sounds like the right idea

I'll take you up on that suggestion!
I'm defiantly in the mind set of do it once do it right

I once saw a quote some where that said "if you did it right the first time, you wouldn't have had time to do it a second time"

Another question though....
I replaced my power steering pump (before finding the bad column bearings) and while researching prices I saw in line filters for sale. Know any one who has used one and thinks there worth it?
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Old 03-28-2010, 08:42 PM
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All parts removed



What can of worms did I just open!!!!!!!!!



This thing is toast! I need to get some pics up here some way some how. You guys got to see this thing.
Front and rear bearings in the tilt mechanizem are 99.9% GONE and the cone shaped portion of the steering column looks to be really worn also.

There was only one thing that got me on removal. There is a gear down inside the hole that the key cylinder slides into. Well the tilt device won't come out until you remove that gear. Other than that this has been a level one removal procedure.

What I did find odd though was evidence of someone drilling out the key cylinder. There was a divot from a drill bit down inside the lock cylinder where the gear sits. must have been replaced at some point by a previous owner/thief

So now I need to evaluate a few things tomorrow.
#1 Is the steering column shot?
#2 If column is shot, can I replace just the u-joint and stub shaft?
#3 Is the tilt mechanizem shot?
#4 If tilt is ok, who makes bearings?
#5 what up grades can I do now that this dash is all apart
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I was at the junk yard today and the guy behind the counter said that 97 up to 2000 F150 columns would swap over. Can any one verify this?

It seams that all the junk yards around here have no F250s whats with that?
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the colums are the same from 1994 to 1998 f250 heavy duty-f350, and 1994 to 1996 f150 fit also.
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good info thanks! I'm doin' the same thing on my 95 f350....plus the horn quit working. Is there an airbag?

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the colums are the same from 1994 to 1998 f250 heavy duty-f350, and 1994 to 1996 f150 fit also.
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good info thanks! I'm doin' the same thing on my 95 f350....plus the horn quit working. Is there an airbag?
there is no air bag one conector under cover only
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