Question about 1989 GMC C2500

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Steering column moves up & down, not the adjuster!

On this truck the steering wheel moves up & down by about 1 2 " Steering still works nothing else is loose. PS its NOT the steering rake adjustment, that still works!
Suggestion welcome please
Thanks Bruce

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  • BKA1947 Jun 20, 2008

    Sorry I thought I had include this: It is a GMC 1989 Sierra full size crew cab truck column shift etc

  • BKA1947 Jun 20, 2008

    My explanation is obviously not clear. When you grasp the steering wheel you can physically move it up & down in the housing. Nothing else is loose & the steering actually works OK there is no side to side play it is positive. The ball joints were replaced probably about a year ago & I do not use the truck very much. I believe the issue is in the steering wheel boss/housing where the Shift lever is. Is there a sleeve or bearing in there that could have broken?? As I said the rake adjustment works OK as well.
    Thanks


  • BKA1947 Jun 20, 2008

    1989 GMC C2500 Truck Column Shift
    I hope my explanation is clear. When you grasp the steering wheel you can physically move it up & down in the housing. Nothing else is loose & the steering actually works OK there is no side to side play it is positive. The ball joints were replaced probably about a year ago & I do not use the truck very much. I believe the issue is in the steering wheel boss/housing where the Shift lever is. Is there a sleeve or bearing in there that could have broken?? The rake adjustment works OK as well.

    Any further suggestions welcome!

  • BKA1947 Jun 20, 2008

    Thank Guys, I reposted this before getting the last 2 suggestions! I figured it has to be something like that.
    Much Appreciated.

    Regards
    Bruce

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The steering colume is designed to collapse in an accident. There is often a shear pin arrangement inside that when damaged, will allow it to telescope and move about. It is possible this is what has happened to yours.

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There is mounting brackets that hold the column in place, These brackets are either missing screws/bolts or are worn out and need replacing. Some times these brackets have replaceable plastic shims that wear out. It's also possible that you can place either a plastic or rubber homemade shim into worn brackets to take out the play.

Posted on Jun 20, 2008

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    Ryan Rogers Jun 20, 2008

    I may have misread this the first time. If it's just the steering wheel, it may be that the shim for the steering wheel has worn out, this is a plastic shim that slides on the steering shaft before the wheel and will require a steering wheel puller. You can rent one at any O'rieley's. It could also be that the steering wheel bolts, under the center pad have worked loose

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    Ryan Rogers Jun 20, 2008

    Yes there is a bearing or shim inside the housing. It will be a white round piece of plastic that slides down and in, below the steerind wheel, and keeps it from developing the up and down play you're experiecing. What happen is, that this piece cracks and breaks, then a peice will work itself out causing the play in the steering wheel.

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What is your car model..?

Posted on Jun 20, 2008

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    micromaster Jun 20, 2008

    start your inspection at the steering column shaft and work your way to
    the tie-rod ends. Ensure that the movement of one component causes an
    equal amount of movement of the adjoining component.

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    micromaster Jun 20, 2008

    is it possible that it was on the lever, could be a bearing, or a lock into that area was misplaced or loose..

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