How do I check the wheel hubs and bearings for wear, jack up the vehicle and wiggle the wheels and check for looseness?
What is the best way to check the idler and pitman arms for wear?
What is the best way to check for the looseness of the inner tie rods?
How do I remove the steering column covers? I pulled the tilt column handle out. The Haynes manual says there are two screws holding the lower cover in place. There appears to be two holes for screws in the plastic place, but when I look in the holes, I do not see any screws.
Caution: Refer to SIR Caution in the Preface section.
Important: You must check for 2 pan head tapping screws (1,2) in the lower trim cover before removal.
If screws are not present in the lower trim cover, proceed to the next step.
Important: You must check for 1 TORX® head screw (1) in the upper trim cover (2) before removal.
If a screw is not present, remove the upper trim cover (2).
Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in the Preface section.
Important: If the snap on/off feature on the trim covers was damaged during the removal procedure, you MUST use screws for the installation procedure. If screws were present in the trim covers before the removal procedure, you MUST use the screws during the installation procedure.
Tighten Tighten the screw to 1.5 N·m (13 lb in).
Important: If column shift, the shift lever seal must be seated in the trim covers.
Tighten Tighten the 2 pan head tapping screws to 3.5 N·m (31 lb in).
Wow... remove the steering wheel? I got them off without having to do that. The upper and lower covers are now removed andd the rubbing is still there. The rubbing seems to be metal to metal (ie steel to bushing or something). The rubbing does not seem to be plastic to plastic or plastic to metal.
What do I need to look for now?
The noise is definately coming from the shaft between the steering wheel and the tilt column's universal joint. I tried changing the tilt column angle and making it straight and it did not help or hurt the noise. Is there anyway to lubricate that shaft without removing the steering wheel? Is there anything else it could be besides hte SIR Coil / clockspring? What does the SIR coil / clockspring do?
Can you take a guess what I would pay to have the same work done out of warranty that you did to the previous truck?
Is there any poor man's fix you would recommend such as lubricating anything? My truck is out of warranty.
What you said makes sense. One of the lights on the steering wheel buttons went out (lower right), although the button still works. A different button did the same thing (no light but the button worked - lower left) until the light came back on.
Would replacing the clockspring fix the problem?
Any kind of spray lubrication you recommend? I don't want to short out any wires.
No luck with the white spray lithium grease. I sprayed all the ball joints in th e shaft and a ton on the ball joint and into the column from the back and from the front, behind the coilspring.
Can other ideas?
Also, can you me the info on what the inside of the column looks like, ie where the bearings and or bushings are so I know where to try to spray if there is someplace I have missed?
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No problem. Here is that picture.
Steering Column Disassembled View (Column Shift Lean Shaft)