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I'm an idiot with a steering column question? by kevin
Started on: 10-09-2013 03:00 PM
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Fellas,
I removed my steering column. I am now putting in another complete steering wheel column. I cannot figure out how to align my new steering shaft onto the rack receiver-coupler (on the floor)? Is there a simple way to figure this out? On the newer column, there is a pink stripe from the factory. Is this used to assist in the alignment? Does anybody have a video that I can follow. I feel like an absolute idiot! Please help me......

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I can't visualize the issue.....Maybe I am an idiot too. Don't you just make that connection first?
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Gm used 3 different type of splines on the coupler in the early 80s.
One had a flat spot and another had one spline that was a little larger than the others. On those they can only be put on one way.
The last had the same splines all the way around. On that one, center the wheels as best as possible and with the steering wheel center, put it on the closest splines.
Something that may make it easier. Install the 2 nuts that hold up the upper bracket but leave out the bolts that hold the collum to the bracket. This will hold the weight of the collum and still allow you to move it up and down onto the splines
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Both are Fiero column? What years?
Does both look the same where that joint attaches?

Intermediate shaft only goes one way. Big notch on column shaft or rack to accept the pinch bolt should by obvious. Rack's "notch" is big.

You must Remove the pinch bolt on intermediate shaft.
Likely expand the joint where bolt goes thru it to allow the parts to mate. Drive a screwdriver a little in between the bolt ears.

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