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How do I tighten a loose steering wheel on a 76 camaro ? I have been told there are 3 star bolts behind the turn signal assembly that work their way loose . Sounds easy but I cannot find a schematic to verify this. Thanks

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There are 3 star bolts for a tilt column. need special tool to remove lock ring on steering lock plate. not easy without it

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My steering wheel wobbles side to side and up and down.I have been told to take off the steering wheel and there are 2 nuts that have come loose and to tighten them back down,is this true?


actually its four bolts that need loctite and its a go, it takes some special tools but no parts, all the late 80's chevys did this, have done it to two of my own, takes about two hours for a qualified tech

Mar 06, 2011 | 1989 Buick Park Avenue

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How do i take the steering box off my 1996 oldsmobile lss 3.8


Power Steering Gear
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle, allowing the front suspension to hang
    freely.
  2. Remove both front tire and wheel assemblies.
    CAUTION
    Failure to disconnect the intermediate shaft
    from the rack and pinion stub shaft can result in damage to the steering gear
    and/or intermediate shaft. This damage may cause a loss of steering control and
    possibly, personal injury.
    NOTE: The wheels of the vehicle must be straight ahead and the
    steering column in the LOCK position before disconnecting the steering column or
    intermediate shaft from the steering gear. Failure to do so will cause the SIR
    coil assembly to become uncentered, which will damage the coil.




  3. If equipped, move the intermediate shaft cover upward, then unfasten the
    intermediate shaft-to-stub shaft pinch bolt.
  4. Using a suitable puller, separate both tie rod ends from the steering
    knuckles.
  5. Position a suitable drain pan under the power steering fluid lines. Remove
    the power steering fluid line retainer, then disconnect the outlet and inlet
    hoses from the steering gear. Allow the fluid to drain, then plug the lines to
    avoid contaminating the system.





    Fig. 1: Power steering fluid line routing - non-supercharged
    engine shown
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    Fig. 2: Power steering gear inlet hose orientation -
    non-supercharged engines
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    Fig. 3: Power steering hose routing and orientation -
    supercharged engine shown
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  6. Remove the steering gear assembly-to-chassis mounting bolts.
  7. Support the body with suitable jackstands to allow for the lowering of the
    frame.
  8. Loosen the front frame mounting bolts.
  9. Remove the rear frame bolts, then lower the rear of the frame about 3 inches
    (76mm).
    WARNING
    Do not lower the frame too far, or you could
    damage the engine components nearest the cowl.


  10. Remove the steering gear assembly by maneuvering it through the left wheel
    well opening.





    Fig. 4: Power steering gear mounting, with retainer tightening
    sequence and specifications
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    To install:

  11. Install the rack and pinion assembly into the vehicle, maneuvering it
    through the left wheel well opening.
  12. Raise the rear of the frame, then install the frame bolts and tighten to 76
    ft. lbs. (103 Nm).
  13. Install the rack and pinion assembly-to-chassis bolts. Tighten the rack
    mounting bolts to 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm).
  14. Remove the jackstands.
  15. Apply Loctite® thread locking kit 1052624, or equivalent thread locking
    compound to the steering gear mounting bolts.
  16. Install the steering gear mounting bolts, and washers, then tighten the
    retainers to 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm) in the sequence shown in the accompanying
    figure.
  17. Unplug and attach the power steering gear outlet and inlet hoses, then
    tighten the fittings to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
  18. Install the power steering fluid line retainer.
  19. Connect the tie rod ends to the steering knuckles. Tighten the nuts to 35
    ft. lbs. (47 Nm). Install a new cotter pin. Tighten the nut up to an additional
    1?6 turn,
    or to 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm) to align the cotter pin slot. Do not loosen the nut to
    install the cotter pin.
  20. Install the intermediate shaft-to-stub shaft pinch bolt and tighten to 35
    ft. lbs. (47 Nm). If equipped, move the intermediate shaft cover upward into
    position.
  21. Install both front tire and wheel assemblies, then carefully lower the
    vehicle.
  22. Refill the power steering pump reservoir, then bleed the power steering
    system and check for leaks.
  23. Take the vehicle to a reputable repair shop and have the front end alignment
    checked and adjusted as necessary.


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Sep 23, 2010 | 1996 Oldsmobile LSS

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Tilt steering is wobbly (loose); is there a type of u-joint in this that could be going out?


The problem is not a u-joint. The trouble is two torx headed bolts in the steering column. Unfortunatly in order to tighten them up you have to remove the steering wheel, lock plate, and turn signal switch. Once all this is out of the way you can reach down thru the holes in the column and tighten these bolts. This is a common problem with GM vehicles in the 80s. The fix will require a star head socket, along with a steering wheel puller, and lock plate depresser.

Mar 13, 2010 | 1983 Chevrolet Silverado

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1989 GMC Sierra 3500 loose tilt steering column


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Jul 19, 2009 | GMC Sierra 1500 Cars & Trucks

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How to change the power steering on 96 ford explorer


Section 11-02C: Steering Gear, Power Rack and Pinion, Explorer 1996 Explorer with Power Rack and Pinion Steering Workshop Manual REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION Steering Gear SPECIAL SERVICE TOOL(S) REQUIRED Description Tool Number Pitman Arm Puller T64P-3590-F
Removal
  1. Start engine.
  1. Rotate steering wheel from lock-to-lock (entire gear travel). Record n umber of rotations.
  1. Divide the number of rotations by two. This gives the required number of turns to place system in the on-center position.
  1. NOTE: Verify the front wheels and steering wheel are in the straight-ahead position.

    From the lock position, rotate steering wheel the number of turns determined in Step 3. This places the gear in the on-center position.


    Steering Gear, Explorer




  1. NOTE: Do not rotate steering column when intermediate shaft is disconnected or DAMAGE TO CLOCKSPRING will result.

    Remove bolt retaining the lower steering column shaft to the steering gear input shaft.




  1. Disconnect the lower steering column shaft from the steering gear.
  1. Remove stabilizer bar attachment from frame for clearance to remove gear.
  1. Unscrew the quick connect fittings for the power steering pressure hose (3A719) and power steering return hoses (3A713) at the steering gear housing (3548).


    Power Steering Hose Connections





    Item Part Number Description 1 3A674 Power Steering Pump 2 3A719 Power Steering Pressure Hose 3 3F780 Power Steering Cooler and Hose Assembly 4 3504 Steering Gear 5 5005 Frame
  1. Plug ends of fluid lines removed and ports in gear to prevent damage and entry of dirt.
  1. Remove two (2) nuts from P/S cooler.
  1. Remove P/S cooler from vehicle.
  1. Remove and discard the cotter pin retaining the nut to tie rod end (3A130) and remove nut.
  1. Separate tie rod ends from front wheel spindle (3105) using Pitman Arm Puller T64P-3590-F.




  1. Remove the two nuts, bolts, and washer assemblies retaining steering gear (3504) to front crossmember (5019).
  1. Remove steering gear from vehicle. If required, remove steering gear mounting bracket housing insulators (3F640) and steering gear insulators (3C716) from steering gear housing.





    Item Part Number Description 1 N807881-S60 Bolt 2 385935-S36 Washer 3 3F640 Steering Gear Mounting Housing Insulator 4 3504 Steering Gear 5 N800255-S60 Nut 6 5019 Front Crossmember 7 3C716 Steering Gear Insulator
Installation
  1. If removed, install steering gear mounting insulators into the steering gear housing.
  1. Push the steering gear mounting insulator and steering gear insulator in until there is no space between the lip on the insulator and steering gear housing.
  1. Position steering gear on front crossmember. Install nuts, bolts and washers retaining steering gear to front crossmember. Tighten to 128-172 Nm (94-127 lb-ft).
  1. Position power steering cooler onto bolts and install nuts. Tighten nuts to 68-92 Nm (50-68 lb-ft).
  1. NOTE: The fittings design allows the power steering pressure hose and power steering return hose to swivel when properly tightened. Do not attempt to eliminate looseness by overtightening, since this can cause damage to fittings.

    Connect power steering pressure hose and power steering return hose to appropriate ports on steering gear housing. Tighten fittings to 27-34 Nm (20-25 lb-ft).
  1. NOTE: Make sure the tie rod ends (3A131) are seated in the tapered spindle holes to prevent rotation while tightening nut.

    With the steering gear, steering wheel (3600) and wheel (1007) in the on-center position, attach the tie rod end to front wheel spindle and tighten to 56-76 Nm (77-103 lb-ft).
  1. If necessary, advance tie rod nuts to the next slot. Install cotter pins.
  1. NOTE: Verify that no rotation from the on-center position has occurred.

    Position steering column lower intermediate shaft over steering gear input shaft. Outer input shaft dust shield must be in place. Replace pinch bolt and tighten to 41-56 Nm (30-42 lb-ft).
  1. Replace the front wheel and tire assemblies. Refer to Section 04-04 .
  1. Replace wheel covers.
  1. Lower vehicle.
  1. Refill power steering oil reservoir (3A697) with Premium Power Steering Fluid E6AZ-19582-AA or equivalent meeting Ford specification ESW-M2C33-F.
  1. Purge air from steering system. Refer to Section 11-00 . Verify absence of any unusual power steering noise.
  1. Check and adjust toe alignment specifications. Refer to Section 04-00 .
  1. Make sure steering gear operates correctly and is not leaking.
  1. Check and adjust fluid level in power steering oil reservoir.

Jul 10, 2009 | 1998 Mercury Villager

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I have a 1973 Camaro with the factory tilt steering column and it's starting to get loose. What does it take to fix this? Are there any part breakdown diagrams?


if you can, pull steering wheel, steering lock wheel(spring compressor needed,from auto parts store,free) pull signal switch (three screws) out far enogh to see tilt mechinizm, there are three black bolts to be tightened, if you wiggle the tilt column you should see them loose, a small socket will fit star shaped bolt heads

Apr 25, 2009 | Chevrolet Camaro Cars & Trucks

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Steering colomn real loose i have tilt steering its real loose where the joint is cant figure out how to get at it to fix


I had a 1992 chevy van There are 3 or 4 small bolts way down in the steering column you have to remove the steering wheel and blinker assembly with a long extesion and racket tighten all the bolts. You need to do it soon if you have the same problem or the steering wheel will come off if the bolts come all the way out

Mar 25, 2009 | 1993 Chevrolet K1500

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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.

Dec 19, 2008 | 1988 Chevrolet Camaro

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Steering wheel installation


Does it move at all??? If so then the star bolt that goes in the center hole is the brake so to speak.
the lever that turns back and forth on the column has 2 small screws that attach to the lever.
tighten the center bolt until the wheel is secure, then set the tightening lever to the tight position and put the 2 screws in place. they will fit in between the star or teeth on the bolt and attach to the tightening lever.

Oct 04, 2008 | 1980 Chevrolet Corvette

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82 camaro z28 steering wheel moves up and down and side to side. how do i get to the bearing.


It sounds like you have a tilt wheel type steering colume. There are four bolts that get loose and just need to be tightened. Now here is the problem you have to go deep inside the colume just to do the job. it is about a good two hour job but it can be done at home. Tip..... use blue or red to bolts once you tighten them again.

Jul 22, 2008 | Chevrolet Camaro Cars & Trucks

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