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Steering wheel shaft is loose in column. I removed the steering wheel to replace ignition switch that went ok but when all back together, wheel has about a half inch of play all the way around.

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  • ptr_brady May 28, 2010

    the whole shaft is loose in the column, not just the wheel. P S It has a tilt wheel. Thanks

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Don't know exactly what you mean, but the steering wheel is tapered and has splines. You sort of wiggle it as you put it on, in order to ensure the splines line up. Then you tighten down the center nut. In which case it can't possibly wiggle.

Posted on May 28, 2010

  • Kirk Augustin
    Kirk Augustin May 28, 2010

    Oh, I see. The shaft goes through a bearing, and the bearing must have popped out of its place when there was no steering wheel pushing down to hold it in place.

    But I don't know how the steering wheel could fit over the bearing if it was out of place?

    I am afraid the only way to find out is to take the steering wheel off again.

    Then you will be able to see the shaft, bearing, etc., and what is loose.

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The steering wheel is splined to the steering column and held in place by a nut. Courtesy of General Motors Corporation - Service Operations.

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