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Username Post: Steering Column Upper Bearing        (Topic#365579)
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06-21-21 07:32 PM - Post#2821919    

What is involved with replacing the steering column upper bearing. My stearing wheel can be moved up and down about 1/4 inch. There is no movement in and out. By the time that all the "little" things are repaired on this car, gasoline will no longer be available, and I will be too old to drive it. Good thing that I have a young neighbor to help with these projects. I hand him the tools, and he does the work as I give him the directions of what to do next.

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06-21-21 08:19 PM - Post#2821921    
    In response to junky

You can adjust the steering column to eliminate the distance that you can pull the steering wheel away from the column turn signal section of the steering column.

Use the C shaped clamp under the hood pushing against the cup with the grease. I have done it on my 62's

57 BelairHT 283/270hp 4 spd
62 ImpHT 327/300 4 spd
62 Imp CV SS 327/300HP 700R4 (sold)
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06-22-21 02:37 AM - Post#2821924    
    In response to junky

I did both the upper and lower bearings on my dad's '61. It isn't that hard, but you have to remove the turn signal mechanism, and pull the shaft out of the column. Then you can get to the bearing and replace it.

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06-23-21 04:01 AM - Post#2821984    
    In response to junky

I too thought my upper bearing needed replacement as my steering wheel move up and down a little, but it was not the case. There are two “hose clamp style” clamps that can be tightened that hold the column into place inside the car. One is located near the firewall and secures it to a tang. It is very hard to see the tang as it’s on top but if you use a mirror and get get under the dash real well, you’ll see it and can feel it for sure. The other one is further up the column under the front of the dash. Sorry but I can’t remember what it wraps around but it’s the easy one. The “tang” was a pain to find and that’s why I remember it so well. I just found an old post I did about it but having trouble posting the link from my phone. It has pictures and help from Paul and Verne.

Search my “loose steering column 1964 Impala” topic from April of 2016 and it will come up.

Good luck and hopefully this is helpful.

64 Impala SS:
Chevy Performance 350HO
4 Speed Muncie

Edited by kingkreeton on 06-23-21 04:12 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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07-21-21 02:50 AM - Post#2823600    
    In response to junky

Finally found time to tear into it, and found that the steering wheel was loose. The last time that I had it off, I must have forgotten to tighten it properly. It didn't feel loose, and the directional switch worked like it should. Tightened up the nut, and all is well again..

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