I have a 88 S15 Jimmy 2WD
The steering wheel is really lose where it moves up and down and left and
right a lot. I am not driving it of course due to this. I have looked in the
CHILTON book and also looked around the steering column but cant figure out
how or what to take apart to tighten this up. Can anyone give me a clue as
to what is wrong and how to fix it? It is a tilt wheel if that matters as
Do fix it properly, you need to dis-assemble the column
right down past the tilt section. There are 4 bolts down
there that always come loose, they need to be tightened
up (preferably with some loctite).
Been there, done that, It's caused by grabbing the wheel to boost yourself
into the truck. There are "J" bolts that hold the steering wheel tilting hub
( inc. turnsignal, ign, shifter) on to the column and you have torn the "J"
bolt locking slots out of the top of the column tube.
The steering wheel, hub, and column must be removed and the column replaced
(if you can find one)or, as I did, repaired by welding new sections in to
renew the "J" bolt slots.
Once you have completed this repair you will know better than to ever use
the steering wheel as a vehicle entry boost handle again.
What you describe "might" be what happened to you, but all the
columns I've ever seen that are loose....are loose because of the
four bolts at the base of the column. They loosen up and back
out. There is no need for any "welding", just get down to the
bolts, remove them, clean the threads and apply loctite and
I've seen it done before. I'd say the OP should get a steering wheel puller
and a dent puller. One is obvious, the other there is *some* portion that
needs to get pulled where a dent puller & a screw get it out nicely. *I*
didn't pull this column, but it was roughly described to me how to do it.
I'd say just start takin it apart - a good learning experience.
All I know is it was an '87 blazer. He bought a steering wheel puller &
jerry rigged whatever with that dent puller.
IMHO, the OP should be able to fix this if he just gets in there. He has
another vehicle obviously, so he has the time to experiment. I thought I
made it obvious that I don't know the specifics, just that a home mechanic
can do it.
He had looked for it, but was unable to find it. He took a good week looking
for it too - because he purchased both the puller & the slide hammer
specifically for this job.
Not saying it's the right way, just the way he did it.
I got it taken care of. And yes, I have another vehicle. A new Avalanche
(without the body hardware). I drive the old truck in bad weather etc...
Used a compression tool and sterring wheel puller. The only thing is I have
to take it back apart since I didnt get the turn signal correct to change my
headlight high beam. DOH! I also replaced the ignition switch while I was in
there since it was hard to work sometimes, getting wore down to much.
Thanks for all your help!
(and to one of the previous posters, no, I dont use the steering wheel to
pull myself into the truck!)
Leave the dent puller at the body shop, only a theif would go anywhere near
a steering column with one. Like everyone says, 4 loose bolts are the
problem. It's an easy job once you've done a few... if you have the right
tools. Little things like a lock plate compressor make the job a hell of a
Just did one in a '89 S blazer.
Yeah the 4 bolts where loose, my fatso brother hauls himself in via the
It was a tilt wheel and the hardest part was pulling out the pins that the
wheel tilts on as you need to remove that section to access the bolts.
Shop manual shows a puller, I used a hardened screw, washers and a socket
that fit over the pins to make a puller. It's only machine screw threads in
the hardened pins so be careful and gentle so ya don't snap them off.
A non tilt colum would be a breeze compaired to the tilt.
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