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Old 12-17-2011, 03:58 PM   #1
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Steering shaft problem

Ok, just installed a BL today, im working on putting everything back together, and my steering shaft is froze, it wont extend or even retract so i can use it, im drowned it in PB blaster but still nothing, any ideas guys?

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Old 12-17-2011, 04:14 PM   #2
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What is a "BL"?

Now for the steering shaft... brand new OEM steering shafts are "Frozen". To extend them, you generally need to chuck one side in a bench vise and hammer the other end to get it to open up. Now don't make "metal to metal" contact because you will destroy it. Use a short piece of 2x4 or 4x4 and hammer that into the casting to force the shaft out. I generally "chuck" up the casting so it rests on top of the vice. The shaft hangs down between the jaws and then I hit the 2x4 onto the bottom casting BEING CAREFUL NOT TO HIT BEARINGS--- BECAUSE THEY WERE REMOVED FIRST.

This should work unless you damaged the shaft in your upgrade. New steering shafts are not expensive if you did damage it. Quadratec sells them. I hope this helps you.

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Old 12-18-2011, 02:08 AM   #3
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well a BL mean Body Lift, but i did all that you mentioned and it seems to be already fully extened and not long enough. IDK what to do, i think i need to order a new steering shaft, because for the life of me i cant get it to fit, it just doesnt work, it seems the PO put a diff shaft on there and it was already extended to its max, so i think i need to order to right one so i can make it work, sucks its my DD,
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:19 AM   #4
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It should slide fairly easily, that is what it is designed to do. If you are in an accident, it should collapse.

Have you tried heat? If you put a torch to the outer sleeve, it should "suck up" the PB Blaster into the sleeve. Once it moves, take it apart and clean and grease it well, you'll probably be good to go
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There are two spring clips inside the slide. A smaller one and a bigger one. If I remember when I did my BL, I had to remove the smaller one. My shaft was frozen to so I put it in a vice and used an air hammer. Covered it with PB, hammer the shaft out, more PB, hammer it in, over and over. Put grease all over the inside section and now mine slides easy. Just takes some elbow grease to get it free. That's all.
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:20 AM   #6
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yeah i would but i dont have a torch where i am, im just going to go ahead and buy a new one, wont hurt to have a new one anyways ya know?
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A brand new steering shaft OEM type doesn't "slide easily". It is not designed to do that at all. There is a tremendous amount of force exerted on the steering shaft in a crash, more than enough to collapse the necessary components to keep you safe. Generally if you call the steering shaft manufacturer, they have special directions about opening up their "brand new shafts" because they are so tight. I would not put heat on it, not unless you know how to properly "heat treat" and "quench". If you bend the shaft, it is going to be messed up. BeginnersLuck maybe correct in that you have a build up of rust on the internal shaft. New ones aren't expensive and may be your best bet.

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thats what it looks like is theres internal rust and its made the shaft impossible to move, well im in the middle of ordering a new one right now. thankyou for all the help!
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:39 AM   #9
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Now when re-installing the new steering shaft, whats going to be my best method of attack? whats the best way to get it on there? so i get the right fit. will i need to heat it up and so it slides nice?

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