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Loose steering column

What would be the problem and how do i fix it

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SOURCE: sounds and feels like something is loose in the in steering

that's a common problem with these trucks i have a guy i work with that has that noise i think he said that there is a u-joint in the steering column that makes the noise and that it can be greased but i've never seen it turn into anything serious just an aggrivating noise.

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SOURCE: tilted steering column on 1988

column loose at the tilt wheel

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