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Old 08-13-2013, 07:12 PM
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Steering collumn bearing replacement

Time to replace steering collumn bearings in my red trk. Do I need any special tools other than steering wheel puller? I have new bearings (large and small) as well as a so called thrust washer which just looks like it is the race for the small bearing.

Any tips or advice?

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Old 08-14-2013, 06:05 AM
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Here's a good Video on it ->
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Old 08-16-2013, 06:19 PM
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Thanks for the video link... been too busy to watch it... hay season. Did start tearing apart the collumn on the yeller dually just to look... down to needing a steering wheel puller.

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Old 08-18-2013, 06:56 AM
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finally watched the video... too bad the issue I have is not related to auto shifter like the vidio shows... my problem is the steering shaft bearings not shifter.

I've gotten the steering wheel off, clock spring marked and off, the spring and thrust washer out, and in general, the upper part of the collumn lose. What I can't figure out at this point is how to release the ignition switch rod...

HELP!!!!
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:37 PM
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Finally got it... turns out the secret is in the key switch hole. By removing a small plastic retaining ring, twisting and removing the metal retainer behind the plastic one, and pulling out the gear behind the metal piece, the top part of the column comes off.

Once I did that I started cussin. The shaft is worn badly from both bearing being nothing more than dusty metal flakes. Stole parts from the yellow truck and started putting it back together.

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Old 08-19-2013, 06:07 PM
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All back together now... the red truck anyway. Will have to pull a column out of a parts van I have to get the yeller one back to operational.

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Greg that sucks, hows the shaft on the yellow one? had no advice for ya have never been into a column on one but very interested.
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:11 PM
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never mind must have posted the same time...
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:14 AM
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Was in a bit of a rush with the red truck as I use it often. The yellow truck however, has been sitting for the past year, so reassembly with lots of pictures is my plan, as well as a detailed write up for everyone here as there doesn't seem to be one. Might take a few months but I'll see what I can do.

Looking up parts on ebay resulted in info that makes me think the steering column from an old work van I have waiting to get scrapped ('94 E350) will interchange as long as it is also a tilt column. Lots of mid-90's to mid-2000's fords use the same column parts.

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