The tilt steering column in my CJ had some play in it so today I tore it down with the intentions of applying some loctite to and tightening the bolts. As I was pulling the collar off ball bearings started flowing. The plastic bearing cage is toast so I am going to have to replace the bearing. Here in lies the problem - I know I wont be able to find it locally and I am flying out to North Carolina Monday and may not be back for several months. I need to get this column back together so my wife can use the CJ as a back up when needed.
I know these columns are pretty much the same column used in some GM/Chevy trucks - does anyone know of a GM or Chevy that may have the same bearings that I can cross reference at the parts house? I was thinking I may be able to find the bearing for a more popular vehicle.
Here is a pic of the kit with bearings for reference:
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not trying to hijack but mines a non-tilt and when I turn, it sounds chunky right at the upper part of the column below the wheel. do these bearing work for a non tilt assembly? I also know that I need to replace my turn signal switch
I'm pretty sure all the 80's GM columns are the same for cars and trucks with tilt option. I just went to my local Chevy dealership and they had the parts on hand. Looks like the picture you posted. Of all the things I've done to my Jeep this is the worst, so I wish you luck!…Oh and if I had it to do over again I'd replace every electrical part in there and do a total rebuild turn signal switch, ts cam, horn contact ect. and make sure it is all very clean. Probably not much help, but $.02
Anyone have any pics of these bearings going in? I have seen the diagrams and they only show one bearing as far as I have seen. Hooe to have my kit picked up tuesday and try to get it back together so I can get back to working on the backfiring issue I have been having.
Voodoo thanks for that link. Actually had the tilt steering diagram. Only part that gave me a fit was the rack preload spring. It must have been off already when I disassembleed the column last week. Anyways now on to the sputtering and backfiring when I try to accelerate.