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bing kunzig
11-10-2005, 11:45 AM
Has anyone ever replaced the bearings in the steering column? If so how difficult was it? Are they available still? Mine is a '57 S. Hawk.

JDP
11-10-2005, 02:20 PM
I think there is just one on top, just need to pull the wheel and take the color apart. BTW, they seldom need repacement.

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bing kunzig
11-10-2005, 07:16 PM
Thanks for your reply. But what is the color and what does BTW mean?

N8N
11-10-2005, 07:24 PM
I think he means 'collar' - you need to remove the little potmetal piece that holds the directional switch assembly. Should be pretty obvious from there. Hardest part will be fishing all those wires back down the column, followed by getting those #$%^&& square headed bolts that hold the collar on back in their little slots. Once you get it apart you will see what I'm talking about. I believe the bearing is pressed in so if you don't have an arbor press or big vice at your disposal it might be easier to run it to a machine shop, if you have one nearby.

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rockne10
11-10-2005, 07:45 PM
BY THE WAY

DEEPNHOCK
11-10-2005, 07:50 PM
BTW stands for 'by the way'

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quote:Originally posted by bing kunzig

Thanks for your reply. But what is the color and what does BTW mean?


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Roscomacaw
11-11-2005, 03:43 PM
Aw geeeeezzz......... All these years I thought BTW stood for Bearing Torque Wrench!!![V] LOL! Just foolin'! [:0][}:)]:D

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GTtim
11-11-2005, 05:36 PM
Couldn't a person just oil the bearing instead of replacing it?
Tim K.

N8N
11-11-2005, 05:48 PM
sure you could, but I have seen some with significant play in them. Dunno what the OP's situation is...

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bing kunzig
11-12-2005, 01:22 PM
A NOS steering box was installed 1000 miles ago. The steering was very tight and somewhat difficult with the new box. The installer said it would loosen up by the time I got home. Didn't happen. It just felt like there was resistance in the column. So 1000 miles later it freed itself somewhat and the steering is less difficult. BUT when the wheel is turned you can feel sort of a grinding sensation. I took it to another mechanic for an evaluation on an unrelated matter and as he parked the car he said the steering column bearings are shot.

JDP
11-12-2005, 02:09 PM
I don't think it the bearing, I's bet it's elsewhere, like the steering box. Maybe it needs grease, or was adjusted too tight.

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Jeff_H
11-13-2005, 10:30 AM
I wonder if the steering shaft is binding in the column. When the new box was put in maybe the box to frame bolts were tightened and then the column was pulled up (forced) to the dash instead of the other way around. You don't want a binding shaft as it could break from the stress!

Jeff

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