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    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.

  • #2
    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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    • #3
      Thanks for your reply. But what is the color and what does BTW mean?

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      • #4
        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.

        nate

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        • #5
          BY THE WAY
          "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

          Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
          Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
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          • #6
            BTW stands for 'by the way'

            A list of way more computer acronyms is at:
            http://www.freewarehof.org/acronyms.html
            Jeff[8D][b]





            quote:Originally posted by bing kunzig

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


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            • #7
              Aw geeeeezzz......... All these years I thought BTW stood for Bearing Torque Wrench!!![V] LOL! Just foolin'! [:0][}]

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              • #8
                Couldn't a person just oil the bearing instead of replacing it?
                Tim K.
                Tim K.
                \'64 R2 GT Hawk

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                • #9
                  sure you could, but I have seen some with significant play in them. Dunno what the OP's situation is...

                  nate

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                  • #10
                    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.

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                    • #11
                      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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                      64 R2 4 speed Challenger
                      63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk
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                      • #12
                        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

                        '53 Champion Hardtop

                        Jeff in ND

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