If it has tilt steering,,this happen to me twice,,,the bolts at the knuckle.before it goes through the fire wall,,or the needle bearings,are bad,and there is a lot of needle bearings,,so be carefull if you take it apart,,,
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Re: Loose steering coluimn on 88 camaro
Your steering column has a plate with 4 inverted torx fasteners I believe they are e8 fasteners, you must remove the upper tilt flange to gain access to these bolts , a few special tools will be needed : Pivot pin puller , steering wheel puller , lockplate depresser to name 3. the job takes about 1.5 hours to complete. hope this helps a little.
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Could be a coincidence, but it may be the ignition switch on the steering column. I had the same frustrating thing happen with my 1988 turbo coupe. The 4 fingers that hold the 2 halves of the ignition switch together come loose, allowing the insides to momentarily loose contact. Take off the bezel around the instruments and then the plastic upper and lower trim around the steering column. The ignition switch is on the r/s just toward the front from the key. If you see a gap between the 2 halves, that is likely the problem. You need tamper proof torx to remove to tighten, be careful not to pull it all the way apart. I have fixed a mustang with long zip ties around the switch and column, but it's better to tighten the fingers. Carefully. I use big channel locks.
You will need a steering wheel puller, a lock plate depressor, and a number 4 or 6 star socket. Pull the steering wheel, then the lock plate. Remove the screw that holds the hazzard light button on, there is a spring in the switch so hold on to it. Pull the turn signal lever out of the switch, some have a screw some just pull out, if you do not see a screw where the lever plugs into the switch then it just pulls out. Remove 3 screws that hold turn signal switch in the steering column, pull up on the switch to get it over the end of the steering shaft, if there is not enough slack in the wire you will need to get undr the dash and unplug the wire so it can move up. You do not need to pull the switch out just get it out of the way. After all that is done you should be able to see two holes on the left and right side of the steering shaft, above center, in the bottom of these holes there are star headed screws that have come loose, tighten these and youe wobble will be gone. Then all you have to do is put er back together.
disconnect negative battery cable.place the ignition lock in the off lock position. remove the 2 switch mounting screws.disconnect the switch from the rod.disconnect the wiring and remove the switch.TO INSTALL.ignition switch installation for non tilt columns.move the the ignition switch slider to the off unlocked position move the slider all the way down.then back 2 clicks.the remote rod hole in the ignition switch slider should now be centered.insert the remote rod in the ignition switch slider hole and install the ignition switch on the steering column.tighten the attaching screws to 35 inch lbs.ignition switch installation for tilt columns.insert the ignition key in the lock cylinder and turn the cylinder to the off unlock position.move the ignition switch downward to eliminate any slack and tighten the attaching screws to 35 inch lbs.
The squeeling nose is a loose or worn out power steering belt have you mechanic replace and tighten the belt, most of the time the heat shield fastener or mounting hole has rusted out and no tuely effective repair can be performed
Unless your entire rack is loose, there's nothing you can tighten, but it sounds like you have a wheel problem, more than a steering problem. It's either out of balance or the rim is bent. Try putting your spare tire on that one, and see if the problem persists. Even if your steering is out of whack completely, it won't cause a vibration... just bad steering.
Remove horn pad . After removing the large nut SCRIBE A LINE ON THE CENTER SHAFT and the STEERING WHEEL, Using a steering wheel puller, remove steering wheel. Now comes the tricky part. Remove signal stalk ( just pull out a couple of inches ),and 4-way flasher knob. Disconnect multiple connector of signal switch. Remove 3 screws holing switch down. Gently pull upward on switch to expose lower steering bowl. The large bolts are LOOSE that secure it, so the reason for the wobble. Tighten bolts, and reverse procedure.