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Username Post: 78 Regal steering column        (Topic#349756)
78elk 
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02-21-18 07:21 AM - Post#2725088    

I have 2 78 Buick Regal steering columns that are tilt with cruise. Each one has an issue. 1 has an actuator issue and the other has a loose tilt problem. I have removed the steering wheel and screws from the turn signal switch & lever. Still can't get the turn signal lever out. This lever also is the dimmer switch. What's the secret to removing this lever?



 
junkman104 
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02-22-18 05:19 PM - Post#2725270    
    In response to 78elk

Pull harder, it has a tight fit. No tool necessary.



 
78elk 
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02-22-18 07:38 PM - Post#2725280    
    In response to junkman104

Thanks. How hard is it to change the bearing in the top of the column?



 
CowboyTrukr 
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02-22-18 10:32 PM - Post#2725293    
    In response to 78elk

Not terribly difficult if you have a steering wheel lock plate puller. There's a wire lock ring that sits kinda close to the bearing. You'll want the puller to do the lifting on the shaft. Take a couple pieces of steel stock and lay them across the steering hub. This gives you something to push against to lift the steering shaft.

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Greg

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78elk 
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02-23-18 04:40 PM - Post#2725368    
    In response to 78elk

Thanks, I have that tool and use it. What do you use to pull the old bearing out with? What do you do to keep the new bearing from falling apart as you install it?



 
CowboyTrukr 
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02-23-18 10:38 PM - Post#2725399    
    In response to 78elk

I’m afraid I’m not much help beyond getting the clip out.

Greg

'95 K1500 Z71 EC Short Step 5.7L+0.040/NV3500
'00 Explorer XLT 4.0 V6 Auto
'94 K2500 5.7 NV4500 ECLB - SOLD
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junkman104 
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02-24-18 05:37 AM - Post#2725407    
    In response to CowboyTrukr

If your column is loose the chances of a top bearing fixing it is slim. The most common problem is the 4 bolts that hold part 174 to the mast get loose. The entire column has to be disassembled to get to them. I have repaired many of them.

http://repairguide.autozone.com/znetrgs/repair_gui...



 
78elk 
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02-24-18 08:14 AM - Post#2725420    
    In response to junkman104

Thanks. The very top of the shaft was loose. I found a piece that looks like it should be next to the bearing. I also found metal dome with a hole the same size as the steering column shaft. When I put those pieces on the column, the slop disappeared. I'm not saying that it's fixed. I'm thinking that this top bearing probably needs to be replaced.



 
78elk 
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03-04-18 12:05 PM - Post#2726410    
    In response to 78elk

I'm having a problem with the horn, turn signals, a 4 way flashers aren't working. Fuses are fine. What could I have missed that's causing this issue?



 
78elk 
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03-05-18 12:03 PM - Post#2726517    
    In response to 78elk

I finally figured it out. One end of the column wire harness wasn't able to connect. After I played with it, all is good and functioning properly.



 
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