Tring to find out the prts i need to fix the steering column on my vehicle
The whole steering wheel moved up and down and was very tight to turn remove steering wheel the spring was down in housing removed it could see scaring in shaft are there supposed to be any bushings or are there bearings
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If your steering wheels turns all the way but your wheels don't:
This would have to be either a broken rack and pinion(steering gear) or the shaft between the rack and pinion and the steering wheel would have to be broken. This would need to be visually inspected to be sure which is the problem.
I would have to guess that your steering wheel is no longer connected to the rack (as opposed to something in the rack breaking). My best guess is that your steering column shaft snapped.
They can be replaced, and the necessary parts are sold, but it's not the easiest thing in the world to replace.
stick your head down under the dash on the driver's side where the brake and gas pedals are, and look up at the steering shaft (can't miss it). Now turn the steering wheel. Does that shaft turn?
try moving your steering wheel back and forth while trying key. I don't see how you could move the steering column, its usually bolted in very tight. If you can move your steering column, it needs tightened up immediatly!
this might help: Here is the Technical Service Bulletin that maybe of help, worth looking into but can't guarantee that it would fix your problem Steering - Steering Column Clunking When Turning TECHNICAL Bulletin No.: 01-02-32-001P Date: November 25, 2009 Subject: Clunk Felt/Noise Heard From Steering Column, Steering Gear and/or Front Of Vehicle During Turning Maneuver and/or Steering Wheel Rotation (Replace Intermediate Shaft As Directed) Models: 2001-2004 Buick Regal 2005-2008 Buick Allure (Canada Only), LaCrosse 2000-2008 Chevrolet Impala 2000-2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue 2004-2007 Pontiac Grand Prix Supercede: This bulletin is being revised to add the 2008 Buick LaCrosse/Allure. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 01-02-32-001O (Section 02 - Steering). Condition Some customers may comment on a clunk type noise coming from the front of the vehicle while driving during a turning maneuver. 1. Locate a large area (parking lot) where the vehicle can be turned in a tight circle. 2. Turn the steering wheel to the right and/or left all the way to the steering lock, then off the steering lock a 1/4 turn. 3. Drive the vehicle approximately 5 km/h (3 mph) in a circle, preferably over rough pavement or seams on the road surface. 4. Drive the vehicle straight ahead at idle speed while applying and releasing the brake pedal. Listen/feel the steering wheel for the clunk/noise condition. 5. If a clunk is felt in the steering wheel, the MOST likely cause is the I-shaft - not the steering gear. Continue with the correction. Correction DO THIS - Replace the intermediate shaft DON'T DO THIS - DO NOT lube the intermediate shaft Replace the existing intermediate shaft
Your upper column bowl bolts most likley are coming loose,Remove the steering wheel,the turn signal switch,and the lock plate and access the 3 bolts that take a #30 torx male socket and retighten them.Hope this helps
You don't have to replace the whole column. I just had this fixed by my mechanic for 80 bucks, as I watched. There are actually 3 screws to tighten even though the instructions say 4. Tighten the 2 you can get to, but don't take them back out to put Locktite on them! My mechanic says you will NEVER get them back in again! And I believe him. But if you want to do it yourself, here is a great help. Good luck http://www.chevyasylum.com/column/tiltcol.htmlreat
check that the 4 bolts that hold the column in are tight if they are move the steering wheel up and down whilst looking at the universal joint at the bottom of the column it may be flogged out ( if so you may be able to get a new one) ( the uni can be situated in side the car or out depending on the set up so you may need to get a friend to move the wheel will you crawl under the car and have a look)
if none of the above fix the problem it may be as simple as the bush in the upper section of the column has collapsed if this is the case you can normaly get new ones althoughit is easyer to just get a second hand collum
You have a tilt steering wheel! This is a problem with most GM tilt wheels. There is 3 or 4 screws you need to have tightened up; which requires tearing down the steering to get to them and put lock tight on them and tighten them back up, so they will not happen again for a long time.
Being a locksmith for ten years, I have been aquainted with a number of occasions where the steering wheel gets locked up. Always start with the least expensive option. Question:
I'm sure this sounds silly but, have you tried turning the wheel hard right and hard left? You wouldn't believe how many times people have their tires turned to the right or left, which binds the ignition switch to the point that you can't turn the key to start the vehicle.
If the steering is in a rotational bind it can also bind the "U" joint in the steering column.
Check to make sure that you can actually operate the key cylinder and start the vehicle.
If you can operate the key cylinder of the ignition and start the vehicle, try rotating the steering wheel with the engine running, and see if that will unlock your "U"joint adjuster.
If you do all of the above and it's still unable to be adjusted, you will have to have a locksmith replace the universal joint rod in the steering column.
The main reason for these joints to fail is due to people driving with the column in an attitude of either up from the straight position, or down from the straight position.
The column is "designed" to operate from any position, BUT it causes the joint to fail due to prolonged use in an either up or down position while driving. The adjustable wheel is great for getting into and out of the vehicle, but it should always be driven in a totally straight position with NOupward or downward slant to the steering column.