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GM Tilt Column Repair - Steering Column Fix

Is Your GM Tilt Column Looser Than A Fully Cooked Piece Of Linguini? If So, We Have The Steering Column Fix.

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If there is one trait that performance enthusiasts covet, it has to be interchangeability. One of the reasons GM cars are so popular with car crafters is that many of the same parts are used throughout numerous product lines that often extend over a decade. As one example, in the '80s and early '90s, GM used the same style steering column in many of its rear-wheel-drive vehicles, including trucks. While this is a good thing, the column also has as habit of becoming wobbly where the base of the tilt attaches to the rest of the column. The fix is merely tightening the bolts and adding a little thread-locking compound. While that sounds simple, getting to those bolts requires disassembling the entire top half of the column, and there is a basketful of little parts and linkages that must be maneuvered around.

Our budget '85 Monte Carlo suffers from this common malady, so we asked our resident repair expert, Tim Moore, to run through the process for us. This is definitely not recommended for first-timers, and you'd better have a factory service manual with you that has the exploded view of the column to help you return all the little parts to their rightful places. Plus, you're going to need two special tools designed to only work on these columns. The tools are not that expensive, but if you don't want to make the investment, it would be best to have a competent shop do the work for you. Because there are so many steps to this process, do not consider this story a step-by-step how-to. It will show you the major procedure. If you're feeling brave, Moore's suggestion is to work slowly and keep track of the parts in order of removal to make the job easier. The good news is that with an hour of so of effort, you can bring back that new-steering-column feel.

Tool List
Description PN Source Price
Steering wheel puller W80651 Summit Racing $11.95
OTC steering lock plate remover 7031A Summit Racing $49.95
OTC steering pivot pin remover 7889 Summit Racing $23.95
Lock plate tool 910-32610 Speedway Motors $9.99
SOURCES
Speedway Motors
P.O. Box 81906
Lincoln
NE  68501
4-02/-474-4414
Summit Racing
P.O. Box 909
Akron
OH  44309-0909
800-230-3030
www.summitracing.com
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