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Old 01-05-2014, 08:48 AM   #1
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Has anyone had the pleasure of replacing the upper bearing in their telescoping/
tilt steering wheel? Would you advise against doing it yourself or let a service
center do the repair and about what might be the cost to having it done?
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I have done a few Gm mast shaft bearings. It's not an easy job, If your not familiar with the job I would pay to have it done. Do you know what column you have (GM, Ford, ect)?
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Has anyone had the pleasure of replacing the upper bearing in their telescoping/
tilt steering wheel? Would you advise against doing it yourself or let a service
center do the repair and about what might be the cost to having it done?
nuckels11,
Just wondering, why you'd want to replace that bearing. Do you think it's worn out? Is it making noise? Is it loose and you can feel the shaft moving back and forth? I've had a few steering wheels off and the bearings too but, of course they were on things like Jeeps, pickups, a few cars etc. so, I'm not sure about a larger one. I suppose it could be just like many other aspects of the size ratio.

I did my rear hub seal on our '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the C-7 330 CAT and, the makeup of the hub, bearings and seal was exactly like 3/4 ton pickups I've done in the past only, just a lot bigger. So, your steering wheel and it's innards, may be just like the smaller ones.
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Hey Scott,
Glad to see you're still keeping your hands in the repair business. The Civic wiring did great, Thanks.

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Has anyone had the pleasure of replacing the upper bearing in their telescoping/
tilt steering wheel? Would you advise against doing it yourself or let a service
center do the repair and about what might be the cost to having it done?
Thanks everyone for your responses. I figured out how to get that cover off over the nut on the steering wheel. Theres a hole on the under side of the wheel plastic. The hole is apparent but the 3/8 inch allen wrench fastener inside isn't.The nut I was after was tight but I still have a looseness..the wheel itsself can be tilted/lifted up/down when you grasp the outer edges of the wheel..lifts about 1/4 inch up/down, so this is where I figure I need a new upper bearing. I
figure I'll take it to a shop to have the work done and see if we both have the
same diagnosus (sp). Thanks
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Hey Scott,
Glad to see you're still keeping your hands in the repair business. The Civic wiring did great, Thanks.

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How is ya? Hope all is well. Glad the wiring on the toad-Civic tail lights worked out as you thought. Hope you have a great new year.
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Thanks everyone for your responses. I figured out how to get that cover off over the nut on the steering wheel. Theres a hole on the under side of the wheel plastic. The hole is apparent but the 3/8 inch allen wrench fastener inside isn't.The nut I was after was tight but I still have a looseness..the wheel itsself can be tilted/lifted up/down when you grasp the outer edges of the wheel..lifts about 1/4 inch up/down, so this is where I figure I need a new upper bearing. I
figure I'll take it to a shop to have the work done and see if we both have the
same diagnosus (sp). Thanks
nuckels,
Thanks for posting what you've found so far and, your reasoning for what and how you think. It will be good to find out just what the problem is. Do let us know when you find out will you? Thanks.
Scott
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