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Old 05-25-2019, 05:28 AM
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How to replace upper steering column bearing

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UPDATE Thanks to the assist from the members here it was quite straight forward.

I've added a couple of pics for others in future and a few tips at the end.

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I'm chasing a steering column grinding noise so armed with some new bearings and a realoem diagram showing the upper shaft parts, I've started the strip down.

I can't find any info though on how to remove the upper steering column.

Any diy's or tips from anyone?

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Pretty sure you have to drop the column from the bottom.
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Can't help with the lower, but replacing the upper bearing is done with the column in place. Lift off the steel support collar, there's a snap ring underneath. Use a pick or a pair of snapring pliers and remove that. The bearing is pressed in; you need to pry the plastic inner out about 1/16" and then you can get something behind the metal flange on the bearing to remove it.

The new one just pushes in; tap it with a punch evenly around the perimeter to seat it. Lubricate the new one with something before installing it - I use TriFlow foam.
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This might also help, LVR...

https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/e...column/Cgqotr9
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Can't help with the lower, but replacing the upper bearing is done with the column in place. Lift off the steel support collar, there's a snap ring underneath. Use a pick or a pair of snapring pliers and remove that. The bearing is pressed in; you need to pry the plastic inner out about 1/16" and then you can get something behind the metal flange on the bearing to remove it.

The new one just pushes in; tap it with a punch evenly around the perimeter to seat it. Lubricate the new one with something before installing it - I use TriFlow foam.
Cheers for that mate...
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Thanks mate for that... now got a plan...
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Hi

As there were no specific instructions for me I would have been stumped doing this were it not for the tips from Scott and wpoll. This is for future searches by others.

The steering wheel removal was straight forward.

Remove the steering column trim by undoing the top and bottom leatherette clips (lever them up ) and the plastic phillips head screw underneath.

Use a plastic trim panel tool and lever the trim pieces apart.



Remove the four Torx screws and disconnect and remove the switch gear surround.

Remove the steering wheel spacer then with a pair of separating pliers remove the slip ring from the groove, and the second spacer.



With a flat head screwdriver pry out the old bearing.



This bearing was worn and full of muck.



Lubricate the new bearing then insert with the tapered edge facing down. Install the new spacer and place the slip ring over the column. You WILL need the special tool to get the slip ring back on.

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Once it clicks into place the replacement of the steering wheel is the reversal of the above.
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Great write-up, LVR - thanks for sharing! Glad you got it done. :-)

Any ideas as to what might work for the special tool? Kinda looks like the right size hex socket might work....
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