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Steering column bushing

Discussion in '"Stock" Alpine' started by snamelc, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. snamelc

    snamelc Platinum Level Sponsor

    My steering wheel rattles around a lot, apparently due to a sloppy felt bushing. The housing for this bushing seems to be pressed in to the steering column, so removing it to replace the bushing looks like it will be difficult at best... there's nothing to grab onto. Anybody have experience with this? I'll live with the rattle if disassembling the entire steering column is the only way to get at the bushing. Or design my own auxilliary bushing to be mounted on the end of the column just forward of the turn indicator cancel dog. I'd use something a little more substantial than felt.
     
  2. jumpinjan

    jumpinjan Donation Time

    Yes, I'm very familar, I just finished rebuilding a complete steering box today. Its not a bushing, its stamped sheet metal, ball bearing. Its a crappy design, and if there's rust pits, it could be junk anyway.
    SOme of the series V have a lip on the cup where you can take a scredriver and tap it off. I have seen another adjuster SeriesV style, that did not have that lip, and so there's now possible way to extract it out.
    Jan
     
  3. snamelc

    snamelc Platinum Level Sponsor

    Sorry, Jan... I should have indicated that I have a Series II. There's definitely no bearing as such, just the felt bushing. I think I'd rather have your stamped bearing. The auxilliary bushing idea is sounding better and better.
     
  4. jumpinjan

    jumpinjan Donation Time

    Oh, okay. I have only rebuilt the later steering boxes.
    Yes, maybe some sort of bronze bushing? Needle bearings?
     
  5. gordonra

    gordonra Donation Time

    One word : Delrin
     
  6. jumpinjan

    jumpinjan Donation Time

    Delrin.....Yes, I agree. That's a brilliant idea.
     
  7. 61Alpine

    61Alpine Donation Time

    I'm thinking I need to rebuild my Series I steering box. How hard is it and can someone give me detailed instructions.


    Thanks,
     
  8. Alpine Addict

    Alpine Addict Platinum Donor Platinum Level Sponsor

    So I need to acquire some Delrin and have it machined to fit in the steering column?
     
  9. Toyanvil

    Toyanvil Gold Level Sponsor

    I just did this, it's 3/4 I.D. 1.00 O.D. 1.75 long. I only had to make it shorter, it came from the hardware store 2.00 long.
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  10. Jimjordan2

    Jimjordan2 Gold Level Sponsor

    There ya go John, you're in business. LOL
     
  11. Toyanvil

    Toyanvil Gold Level Sponsor

    Hello Jim that's funny.
    snamelc, you should be able to just remove the steering wheel to replace the bushing.
     
  12. Alpine Addict

    Alpine Addict Platinum Donor Platinum Level Sponsor

    What is the bushing made of?
     
  13. Toyanvil

    Toyanvil Gold Level Sponsor

    Oil-impregnated bronze
     
  14. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    Sunbeam Upper Sterring Column with bushing and sleeve replacement   20201214.jpg Sunbeam Upper Sterring Column with bushing and sleeve replacement by DanR 12142020.jpg I have the bushings and sleeves available for the Alpine Tiger steerings that I use in my Electric Power Steering (EPS).... Send me an E-amil and I will provide pictures
     

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