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disapr 08-07-2012 01:11 PM

Can the steering shaft be removed from the column?
I'm at work and can't really 'look' at my column - Can the steering shaft (splined part) be removed from the main housing so that it can be machined?

It has to be removable, but it doesn't have to go back in I suppose and I don't see it as a separate part on realoem.


disapr 08-09-2012 10:52 AM

Yes, my workbench is a mess.. :eek: Lots of projects going on at once around here.

I was able to remove the splined steering shaft. The reason that I removed this is so that I can machine it down to a smaller diameter and install a weld-on type quick release.

Starting with the steering column removed and laying on your workbench.

Remove the tamper proof torx on the side of the column.

Use a light hammer to tap the lower tube out of the main aluminum housing. Tap on the welded-on bracket that bolts to the dash bar.

The lower telescoping shaft is keyed to the main shaft so it's safe to separate them. Note the general orientation of the two shafts though.

Remove the locking ring from the steering shaft where the steering wheel was connected.

Use a rubber mallet to gently tap the shaft out through the front of the column (towards the steering wheel). There is a bearing that is permanently installed on the splined end of the shaft so be careful to not damage it. (I'm re-using this picture just to show you where to tap to remove the shaft - You will hammer on the right section to push the shaft out through the front)





Then obviously cover the bearing with something before machining or welding.

agdiver 08-10-2012 09:34 AM

Hi, i find this is very interisting, can you provide some picture? Thank you

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disapr 08-10-2012 11:26 AM

I'll try to take some pics this weekend and post something next week.

disapr 08-13-2012 12:19 PM


Originally Posted by agdiver (Post 14642749)
Hi, i find this is very interisting, can you provide some picture? Thank you

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Pictures added. Enjoy.

agdiver 08-13-2012 07:18 PM

Great pict, really helpfull to understand.

I need to ask your advice, my column has a play in the bottom part (steering rattle, i checjed it and it is the steering column that has some play, not the lower joint steering)

, do you think it has anything to do with the fact that the column has 2 connected shaft?

Do you have any suggestion how to fix it?

Any suggestion will be highly appreciate

Thank you

agdiver 08-13-2012 08:23 PM

i think my problem is the same as this guy in the video


do you have any advice how to fix it ?

since you have experience with the column disassembly

agdiver 08-13-2012 08:27 PM

also please check this thread:


your experience with the column disassembly would help us alot..


disapr 08-13-2012 11:00 PM

The youtube link isn't working so I'm not sure exactly what your column issue is. There aren't any components in the upper section that I disassembled that would likely cause any noticeable rattle. The best thing would be to inspect the joints like is mentioned in the other threads. If those are all in good shape then remove all of the plastic covers from the steering column and verify that all of the bolts are tight that secure the column to the dash bar (body).

jbfrancis3 09-28-2012 06:39 AM

Great followup!

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