Is that to just access the top 2? I never could figure how to get to those.
I got the bottom 2 tight and now it's as good as new. I guess if it happens
again, I will try and figure out how to get to the top 2 screws. Mine is a
That's an excellent link. I was planning to do something
similar, but why bother, that fellow has done a good job.
Keep track of that link guys, as this question seems to
come up once or twice every couple of months.
"Mesinpah" <The Pretender> wrote in message
That was an excellent link! Thanks. I will be pulling it back apart to do it
right and fix my dimmer switch.
Now the only thing wrong with my steering is that the wheel has left and
right play it in. In other words and I can turn it left and right before it
starts turning the wheels. Its about 1-2 inch play in it. I assume it may be
the pitman arm or something underneath wore out. Amazing what you notice
after driving a new vehicle!
Check out the steering column coupler. Also called a "rag joint" I had a
problem with excessive play in one on a 1988 GMC S-15 Jimmy. It is located
at the steering gear box, where the shaft from the steering column bolts to
Other then that check your steering linkage. Especially the Idler Arm.
They are bad for wearing out.
In some rare cases the steering gear box will have excessive play.
I have to replace the Wwiper switch in my 90 gmc 1/2 ton. I've been putting
it off for almost a year now. Everything works except regular speed so I've
gotten by with high-speed intermittent or full high-speed.
I know it's the switch because I can feel the indent is not there any more.
I know I have to burrow heavily into the column and I believe the whole
column has to be dropped slightly to feed the connector through.
Maybe this summer, heh.
Yeah I was feeling lovely doing the column job, plus when I saw that he
ripped the front seat mount right out of the floor pan I got even happier.
Snapped the reinforcement bracket off underneath and pulled it right
through the pan. Not rusted either, just pure poundage at work.
I was my old truck that I sold to him, thought I saw tears in it's
"Anything you say can & will be misquoted & used against you"
Man, I know how you feel.... I am the only one in my family who has any
interest in working on cars. I just love fixing something for no thanks
and only to have it torn up again..
Poor little truck .. :o(
Some people will never admit that their size plays a roll in vehical
wear. I have a few friends in the over 350 pound range. Im heavy set, but
they make me look slim.
Two out of the three never take their weight in to account when getting
vehicals, the thrid does. Out of the two that do not, one owns a 93 Grand Am
4 door with a Quad 4. The other has a 92 Ford Aspire 2 door.
The Grand Am in the last 5 years has needed: 3 steering columns, 2 sets
of strusts with springs, 2 drivers seats, 1 consuel, 1 shifter, 4 head
gaskets, 2 driver side front A/control arms & 22 tires. Most of the tires
are bought used. The columns have the same problems. Broken trun signal
switches, broken off bolts. Quicker to just change the columns.
The Ford Aspire has needed 3 rounds of wheel barrings! It is currently
sitting with a bad drivers side wheel barring & hub. It is so bad one of the
studs pulled thru. Another one bent when I tired to losen a lug. The amount
of camber change was sever enough to wear the drivers front tire out in less
then 10 miles.
Both cars are used regularly to transport other people in the same
weight range as the owners. Neither one does any preventitive mantaintance.
Neither buys decent tires, or even checks tire load ranges. When a car has a
cargo (including people) capasity of 600 pounds, and you regularly exceed it
by 100 to 300 pounds (people plus gear). You ask for problems.
These are the sort of people who need Full Size SUV's, Vans, & Big old
RWD cars. They won't buy them saying they use too much gas. If you were to
look at the costs of replacement parts for their small cars, versus a larger
vehical, which could take the abuse, you would see they have no business
driving what they do.
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