Steering column question
Odd ball question. Does anybody happen to know how long the exposed section of column shaft, (splined end) sticks out from the bearing collar? I ask this because during disassembly of my wreck I hammered pretty hard on the intermediate shaft trying to disengage it from the column shaft. The bearing disengaged from the collar during the process and worked itself down the shaft about an inch, so I thought. Months later, now I'm getting ready to throw on a new bearing setup and attach the new intermediate shaft and it just looks like I have too much column shaft sticking out. I dont even know if that's possible. I currently have 3" of exposed shaft. My steering box is moved forward 1 1/4" so I assumed I would have to stretch the new intermediate shaft to engage the column shaft but as it stands now I will have to compress it a bit then stretch it to slide over the column shaft. There doesn't seem to be any issue w/ the column shaft turning via the steering wheel. Is there any kind of slip shaft setup inside the column that I messed with accidentally?
I think I answered my own question. Refer to pages 17-18 in this pdf. Apparently there is a slipshaft inside the column and I'm thinking I lengthened it some during my hammer session to remove the intermediate shaft. Next question would be, do I leave well enough alone or do I try to hammer it back in to its original position? Any steering column gurus out there that can tell me if I screwed myself here!
Well I answered question #2 today. I decided to use the hammer approach and see what happens. Turns out the shaft slipped back in w/ little effort by tapping it w/ the hammer and a piece of wood. I tapped it in about 1 1/4" then put the new bearing assembly on it. Hopefully its good to go!
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