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Old 12-06-2012, 01:44 PM   #1
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Steering column broken

Anybody know where i can get parts for a tilt steering column? I have checked quadratec and as well as a few others without any luck.

I have yet to tear it apart, since i have been using it as my daily driver. But it seems like i might have to park it this weekend.

The column is seperating where it tilts, loose on the driver's side. I have had it apart before, and i was wanting to rebuild with all new internal parts, but i havent been lucky enough to locate any parts other than the turn signal assembly.

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Old 12-06-2012, 09:07 PM   #2
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I've gotten a ton of parts from J&W Auto Wreckers: New & Used Jeep Parts over the years with no issues.

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Old 12-06-2012, 09:13 PM   #3
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Try here & on the left side, pick what drive line you have.

1987 JEEP WRANGLER Steering > Steering Column Parts like tilt steering column
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:12 AM   #4
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Deep inside the column you will find 3-4 screw that hold a plate inside the tube. Most likely these are loose. When you tighten them up make sure to use threadlock to keep em tight. You may find the pivot pins are sloppy and if replacement of them does not help the pivot housing is probly shot.

Tilt column rebuild isnt that hard just tedious. The GM Saginaw tilt columns are as common as fleas on a dog. The shafts and lengths may be different but the internals havent changed much in 20 years(mid70s to mid 90s). Go to a UPullIt, tear a GM column open and snag what you need. This will undoubtedly really piss the JY off cuz they want to sell the column whole. Just tell em the steering wheel was missing and it was already in pieces, lol. Most of the small parts are pocketable as well.

Heres the link I used to rebuild mine. It is Fiero specific but again the internals are identical to YJ

Save this .pdf and take the tablet or laptop down to the garage while your working on it. I had this .pdf and Grant steering wheel installation instructions up and running while I was working on my column. I cleaned all the old grease out and regreased everything including the internal steering shaft bearings. I replaced the wiper switch ($60), the ignition switch ($12), turn signal switch ($25), lower column bearing ($11). I deleted the key in the ignition dealie cuz I hate them and hooked the horn up with Grant's help. The PO couldnt figure it out but the instructions are only one page including pics!

The column is now ready for 20 more years of service and I have to thank Jazzman because it was a lot easier with the step by step assembly instructions. Start at the last page for disassembly and work forward.

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Old 12-08-2012, 07:50 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info guys. I really appreciate it.
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:49 PM   #6
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Could the loose screws be a hazard to drive like that?


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