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Unread 06-07-2013, 06:02 PM   #1
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Anybody ever replace lower steering column bearing

Can anybody give me instructions on replacing this bearing kit. My questions being how did you get the old bearing off ? How did you install the new one ? How far does it go on ? Or any other particulars

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Unread 06-07-2013, 06:11 PM   #2
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It was the easy and mine just tapped out and if fell into my hand.
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Unread 06-07-2013, 07:18 PM   #3
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I did mine not to long ago I think maybe I had to cut the race off but other than that it was easy, I did pull my column though.
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Unread 06-07-2013, 07:30 PM   #4
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What prompted you to replace it ?
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Unread 06-07-2013, 07:36 PM   #5
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So you just pull the steering shaft and tap the bearing out from the little opening ?
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Unread 06-07-2013, 07:50 PM   #6
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Pull the clip off and the end cover. The plastic piece should pop off pretty easy. I cut my bearing off with a dremel while it was still in the column. Just need to be careful and not mark up the shaft when you cut through. Clean up the shaft with a 3M pad and a little lube to install the bearing. Press the new bearing into the white plastic holder until you hear it snap into place. Then slide the bearing and plastic holder into place on the shaft. it only goes on one way. The cover and clip will align it to the proper height when you put them on.
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Unread 06-07-2013, 08:30 PM   #7
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Mine had fallen apart. My plastic piece was different the notches were bigger go figure I reused my old one but it worked great.
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Unread 06-08-2013, 03:53 PM   #8
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You must disconnect the lower steering shaft in the engine compartment from the steering assembly in the tub. Do this by removing the clamping bolt inside the yellow circle in your picture. Then pull the retaining clip in the lower right hand corner of the other picture and the bearing assembly should drop out the bottom, maybe with a little persuasion. If the slide connection in the lower steering shaft is frozen you may have to un-bolt the upper steering assembly so it can slide up a bit.
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Unread 06-08-2013, 04:42 PM   #9
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I had to replace mine. The bearing had fallen apart at some point adding play into the steering wheel. The only trouble I had was getting off the race. It was completely ceased to the upper column. I used a mini hacksaw to cut into it, then banged it with a chisel to pop it loose. Otherwise no trouble. I did not have to remove the whole column. Just the upper part
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Unread 06-08-2013, 08:42 PM   #10
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Replaced mine recently also. Had to cut the old one off with a Dremel tool then tap it off with a hammer and chisel. It was some time before I installed the new bearing, but it was pretty intuitive... had the new bearing on in just a few minutes... very easy.
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Unread 06-08-2013, 11:06 PM   #11
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Yeah, turns out , the needle bearings in my old bearings were not present. It is a pain in the *** to get the steering shaft off the lower splined part of the steering column. I had to hammer down on it more than I wanted and in a extremely confined space to swing the hammer. I also ended up cutting the inner bearing race off the steering column shaft and then filed down the burs from the cut. Then , as mentioned above, I packed the new bearing with more grease and took a piece of wood and tapped the new bearing into the plastic retainer thing. Then I used a deep 1 1/8 socket and tapped the new bearing with retainer up the shaft until the raised part of the retainer went all the way into the cut out for that. While doing that you have to have someone jam a pry bar on the lower part of the steering column and that tube to keep the shaft from moving up while you tap the bearing and retainer all the way up in the cut out. Be careful not to bend the tube when prying.Now that I think of it you might be able to put some vise grips on the shaft and up against the tube to keep it from moving up while hammering. Then just line up and install the metal cap thing and clip. Then you have to center the steering shaft up and hammer the shaft back onto the steering column spines. Way too much hammering on my recently new steering shaft. Know that some of this job can be a pain in the ***. But it's done and no more knock knock in the steering. Thanks for the help fellas
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Unread 08-22-2013, 12:27 AM   #12
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i'm about to do mine. The lower bearing just drops down and touches the lower hd borgeson steering shaft. I noticed when I pulled the old oem steering shaft out the upper steering shaft could move up and down. Is this normal? Is the lower bearing supposed to be plastic? It slips thru the retainer that has lock ring on it. Also is there a upper steering column bearing i should replace as well?

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Unread 08-22-2013, 01:44 AM   #13
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i'm about to do mine. The lower bearing just drops down and touches the lower hd borgeson steering shaft. I noticed when I pulled the old oem steering shaft out the upper steering shaft could move up and down. Is this normal? Is the lower bearing supposed to be plastic? It slips thru the retainer that has lock ring on it. Also is there a upper steering column bearing i should replace as well?
There is usually some up and down movement of the shaft (tilt column may have quite a bit of movement)... wouldn't be too concerned unless it is super sloppy.

The bearing race is plastic.

There is an upper column bearing that is a pain to replace (have to disassemble some/most of the column). Fortunately, it's inside the vehicle so not as exposed to the elements... usually not as deteriorated as the lower bearing.

There is a small access hole in the under side of the lower column just above the bearing. If you spray some PB Blaster in the hole a day or two before hand, it may make it easier to get the bearing off the shaft. As previously mentioned sometimes its necessary to cut it off, but I've found that penetrating lube can do the trick if you can give it enough time to work.

It's also helpful to make an alignment mark on the column shaft and steering shaft (if the two shafts are not aligned correctly, you can't get the clamp bolt to go in.
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Unread 08-22-2013, 02:28 AM   #14
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Thanks. I just installed the HD borgeson steering shaft and noticed it. Gonna replace it tomorrow. I couldn't get the bearing off the upper shaft. Hope its not that hard to slip the new bearing over the upper shaft. Thanks for the input.
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Unread 08-22-2013, 01:43 PM   #15
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here's a thread with pictures of it...install done on a YJ, but same bearing setup http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/l...t-pics-741968/
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