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#1 yjuana

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Posted April 27, 2010 at 05:35 pm

I'm noticing some "looseness/play" in my 1980 Eagle Wagon's steering column. I have another column from an 1986 Eagle and was wondering whether they are interchangeable and where I might find step by step directions on how to make the switch. I've never done this particular type of operation before but I have replaced starters, alternators, water pumps, radiators. etc on the car. Am I biting off more than I can chew?

Your advice is appreciated.

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#2 ImperialCrown

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Posted April 27, 2010 at 05:48 pm

Is the play in a steering coupling down by the floor or in the upper portion (bearing) near the turn signal switch? Many of the Saginaw-type tilt columns suffered from loosened screws in the mid-column tilt mechanism. Snugging the screws would fix it. Getting at the screws might require special tools.
A Hollander's parts manual may tell you if they are interchangable. A service manual would have instructions and pictures of the column R&R operation.

#3 valiant67

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Posted April 27, 2010 at 06:18 pm

1980 is unique. Only another 1980 column is listed as an interchange.
But 1981-1988 all interchange with each other.

#4 yjuana

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Posted April 27, 2010 at 06:29 pm

Is the play in a steering coupling down by the floor or in the upper portion (bearing) near the turn signal switch? Many of the Saginaw-type tilt columns suffered from loosened screws in the mid-column tilt mechanism. Snugging the screws would fix it. Getting at the screws might require special tools.
A Hollander's parts manual may tell you if they are interchangable. A service manual would have instructions and pictures of the column R&R operation.


Thank you!

1980 is unique. Only another 1980 column is listed as an interchange.
But 1981-1988 all interchange with each other.


Thank you much!

#5 yjuana

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Posted April 27, 2010 at 09:14 pm

Any mechanic that has repaired a 1973 to 1990 or thereabouts General Motors column can fix the AMC ones too. You want to have the tilt mechanism tightened up.

It takes 4 special tools:

  • Steering wheel puller (to remove wheel)
  • Lock plate depressor (to remove steering lock mechanism snap ring)
  • Pivot pin puller (to remove the top part of steering column "bowl")
  • E8 torx bit (to tighten the tilt mechanism)
Last I checked a year or so ago you can get every common wear part, including the outer housing, tilt parts, and lock cylinders, at NAPA. I used to do lots of Monte Carlo and Cutlass columns due to theft, they would bust the column up trying to access the ignition, and I could get every single part to fix them. I doubt you need a whole column.

Be sure to remove and loctite compound the torx bolts so that they do not come loose again. It takes an experienced technician about 1 to 1.5 hours to complete, we used to charge about $60 to $100 depending upon what needed repair, but that was a few years ago so the price might have gone up somewhat.




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#6 Moon

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Posted June 12, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I'm noticing some "looseness/play" in my 1980 Eagle Wagon's steering column,,,

,,, where I might find step by step directions

YJUANA


really good background information here for Saginaw type columns. Lots of detail; maybe too much for your purposes

http://www.fiero.nl/...TML/088020.html


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