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Old January 29th, 2006, 02:02 PM   #1
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I am going to be swapping out my steering column in my CJ, and i have a quick question. I have unbolted the bolts that hold it attached underneath the dash, but how I remove the rest? The column moves freely up and down and is loose, but I believe I need to undue the u-joint style steering joint that hold the upper and the lower steering shafts together and pull it out, is this correct? If so, how do i go about doing so, because they are not bolts or screws and just have a flat head. Hopefully this isnt too confusing. Thanks for the help
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Old January 29th, 2006, 02:21 PM   #2
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The shaft is splined at the base of the column and at the gearbox. Even after you loosen the fasteners at each of those locations, it will still be really tight. Pull hard. You don't have to dissasemble the joint.
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Old January 29th, 2006, 02:24 PM   #3
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i was planning on just replacing the top portion with a tilt column though, it sounds like it will pull the whole shaft out if i do that. i dont want to do that
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Old January 29th, 2006, 11:50 PM   #4
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i was planning on just replacing the top portion with a tilt column though, it sounds like it will pull the whole shaft out if i do that. i dont want to do that
Where the colum comes out of the firewall, it's splined where it slides into the steering shaft, undo the 9/16 headed bolt (I think thats the size, not sure off hand) that holds that pinch fastner, (take the bolt all the way out, not just loosen it, there's a groove in there too that the bolt sits in) It's kind of a PITA to get some of them off, I know I had to beat on mine pretty good to get it to finally come apart, good luck. (the shaft will slide down as you start to slide the splines further down, it's a slip shaft.)

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It's kind of a PITA to get some of them off, I know I had to beat on mine pretty good to get it to finally come apart, good luck. (the shaft will slide down as you start to slide the splines further down, it's a slip shaft.)
yup, I used a lot of PB blaster, pry bars and a short shaft 3 lb hammer.... After it comes off the first time it is easy to do after that (if you ever have to remove it again)
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