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Unread 07-01-2016, 09:45 AM   #1
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Default DS steering column re-installation -- HELP!

I removed the steering column from my DS and shortened it. Iíve reassembled it and Iím having trouble getting it back in the cart. Iím looking for advice regarding what order to put the parts back together.

The problem that Iím having is that the splined connections on the universal joints are really difficult to get back together.

If you jump to the 4:30 mark in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOM9DiG87h0

it looks like the splines just slip back together. Hahahaha. I wish.

The way I got the column out was to loosen the connection between the 2 universal joints (green arrow on attached diagram). I then removed the 2 long bolts (red arrows on the attached diagram) that hold ďthe 2-piece bracketĒ (blue dots on the attached diagram). I then wiggled, pulled, cursed, sweated, and cursed some more until finally I got the column out. (see attached photo).

I then removed ďthe 2 piece bracketĒ from the column, I removed the universal joint off the column, disassembled, cut, welded, and re-assembled.

When I put the universal joint back on the steering column is was easy to do because I could line it up and whack it with a mallet. However, now I need to put the 2 universal joints back together and there is no way to get a mallet (or anything else) in there to tap on it, and they donít just slide together as in the video.

So my question is, should I put both universal joints back in the cart and then put on the column? Or should I take the one off the steering box and put both onto the steering column and then put the whole thing back in the cart? Should ďthe 2 piece bracketĒ go back in the cart before the column goes in, or should I bolt ďthe 2 piece bracketĒ to the column and then put that sub assembly into the cart?

What is the trick?

Thanks in advance,

TJ
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Unread 07-01-2016, 10:07 AM   #2
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Default Re: DS steering column re-installation -- HELP!

When I replaced my steering knuckle I too had a problem getting the splines between the lower and upper knuckle to slide together what I did was remove the compression bolt from the lower knuckle and using a wedge spread it open just a little bit then I applied a liberal amount of never seize to the upper knuckle and they slid together easily. then reinstall bolt tighten it all down and it was ready to go.
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When I replaced my steering knuckle I too had a problem getting the splines between the lower and upper knuckle to slide together what I did was remove the compression bolt from the lower knuckle and using a wedge spread it open just a little bit then I applied a liberal amount of never seize to the upper knuckle and they slid together easily. then reinstall bolt tighten it all down and it was ready to go.
I already trying spreading with a wedge, but I hadn't tried any lube yet. I'll try that.

Had you removed the whole column like I did, or were you just replacing the knuckle? I.e. do you have any advice regarding the order in which to assemble the "2 piece bracket"?

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Default Re: DS steering column re-installation -- HELP!

I think the solution is for me to remove the second universal joint. That one is female on both ends, and I can put it in a vice and then use a wedge to widen both sides.

Who woulda thunk this would be the hard part?!?!?!

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I got it back together. Man that was difficult. You guys who do this for a living need to increase the amount to charge to install steering columns!

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I got it back together. Man that was difficult. You guys who do this for a living need to increase the amount to charge to install steering columns!

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I agree. The DS can be a pain.
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Default Re: DS steering column re-installation -- HELP!

Are we to take from this, that if one is going to shorten a DS column, it would best to do it in place?


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I don't see how that would be possible. In order to get a solid weld on the rod you need to disassemble to column and that can't be done while it is in the cart.

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