post #1 of Old 03-03-2002, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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Post 72 cj5 steering shaft

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.

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go to the auto parts store and ask for a steering wheel puller! im sure they can fill you in how to us it. Good Luck


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