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2001 GMC Savana 3500 - cannot separate the steering column shaft

I am replacing my steering box, but I cannot separate the steering column shaft from the input shaft on the box... I loosened the retaining bolt, but cannot get the collar to spread apart from the splined input shaft. I tried blunt force with a hammer and then heating with a plumbers torch (map gas), but to no avail... any secrets, hints, or specials tools? GREATLY appreciated!!!

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  • siteqwester Jun 08, 2010

    Still looking for help... Thanks


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Posted on Jun 05, 2010

  • siteqwester Jun 05, 2010

    As stated, I loosened the retaining bolt (pinch bolt). The problem is that I cannot separate the pinch collar to release the shaft. Any tricks? There isn't much room to maneuver to get leverage and the gap in the collar is only wide enough for a medium sized screwdriver to fit anyway?
    Thanks for your reply!

  • Ricky Gittins
    Ricky Gittins Feb 01, 2011

    Just wondering, did you remove the bolt completely, there is a mechined notch for the bolt to slid by and hold the shaft in. I am sorry, but you said that it was loosed, nothing about removing the bolt.


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