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Steering Wheel Position

Started by september2019, August 11, 2019, 04:27:16 PM

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I have a 1980  Limited Edition. The steering wheel can be pulled/pushed forward and back about one inch. One person said to look in the engine bay by the firewall to see if it needed a bushing.

My mechanic has checked that and says that's not it. His thinking is that the crushable steering column probably has a pin that may have sheared off, and that's the possible problem.

Any thoughts?

Thanks again

Bruce Fraser


The position of the upper inner column is fixed by the bearing at the top of the column.  The inner column has a shoulder which abuts the bottom side of the bearing.  The inner column has a groove  into which a clip is fastened on the upper side of the bearing.  If you pound on the steering column too hard, that clip can be dislodged and the inner column moves fore and aft.

This is your problem. Spin the steering wheel nut onto the inner column, pull it towards you, then push the clip back into place.

Hope this helps.
John H Twist
University Motors Onlin
John H Twist
University Motors Online
100 East Beltline Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI  49506


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