My steering wheel on my 1988 chevy c1500 is extremely loose. It steers ok but wobbles really bad. Does anyone know how to fix that?
I assume you have a tilt wheel as well. There are four bolts inside the base of the column that over time come loose. You simply need to strip the column down to where it's wobbly and tighten four E-8 Torx bolts with some Loctite. However, don't pull them all off at the same time. The mounting plate will fall off the back, forcing you to remove the column completely. Here are some more instructions. 1st - Remove the steering wheel by loosening the nut under the horn button; then use a steering wheel puller to pull the steering wheel off of the splined hub. 2nd - Remove the steering wheel lock plate by using the lock plate puller tool to press the lock plate down; then remove the retaining ring. 3rd - Carefully remove the turn signal cancel cam; turn signal switch; key switch and plastic collar. 4th - Remove the steering column pivot pins. There is a special too for this job. 5th - You should now have access to the 4 loose bolts. They use an external torx head. Remove the bolts, one by one; apply threadlocker to the threads, then reinstall bolts.
Thank you very munch Tom. I will be able to fix it now tomorrow. your knowledge is much appreciated.
I have a question pertaining to this exact repair, but it is on the reinstall of the steering wheel. I can't get the plate that is notched out for the steering lock, pushed down far enough to be able to put the retainer ring back in to place.
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