Can someone tell me if there should be downward play in the steering shaft of my 72 cj5?
I replaced the shaft, steering wheel and u joint coupling (not a project i would recommend). I have torqued down the steering wheel using all parts within the steering column: bearing, bushing for turn signal switch and the spring directly under the steering wheel. While sitting in the driver seat I can depress the wheel and shaft about 1/2" and it springs back up to the top when I let go. Everything is bolted up from the steering wheel to the Saginaw box. I can't find anywhere to take up further adjustment.
This project started with a replacement steering wheel and turned into a nightmare. Removal of the original wheel required drilling out the connection to the steering shaft, which ruined teeth. I found a used column assembly and put everything back together, but now the brass bushing which is supposed to contact the turn signal switch doesn't match the switch contactor location and I need to yank the new wheel to move the bushing. I can't seem to remove the steering wheel without ruining it - a one time install for this part.
Has anybody replaced steering column componets on 72 - 75 cj's? Any insight would be apprecitated.