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Rockyii911Fri May-25-12 07:12 AM
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98 mark viii lsc , was getting into car yesterday, my steering wheel is stuck all the way in the down position, so i have to slide my legs under steering wheel, as i was sliding under steering wheel i heard a cracking noise , now my whole steering column moves around, side to side up and down, feels like steering column is going to come right out...... can anyone tell me what probably happened and what i need to do to fix, do i need to replace whole steering column, or was it a bracket that holds steering column to dash that broke??? was going to have telescopic unit replaced anyway, but now don't know if i have to replace whole steering column???, and if i do will i beable to change igniton and keep my old one?? or a do i have to use igniton that comes with new steering unit, my steering wheel is fine, airbag is fine, its just my whole steering column moves around now, am afraid to drive, don't want to mess anyhting else up.........any help would greatly be appreciated

rocky

  

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callouieFri May-25-12 09:06 AM
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Read through this post.

http://www.markviii.org/htdocs/dc/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=24&topic_id=6334&mesg_id=6334

Easiest solution? Probably picking up a new column from someone parting a car out.

Calvin Louie
1989 Porsche 928 S4 - Linen Metallic / Linen

  

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Rockyii911Fri May-25-12 01:16 PM
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thanks for the reply

  

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pr129tbirdSat Jun-09-12 05:25 PM
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your track bearings have fallen apart. This is relatively easy to fix once the column is removed. Removing the column on these cars is easy and takes about 15-20 minutes! just be careful once you remove the steering shaft to rage joint connection DO NOT turn the steering wheel, make sure to try and keep it where it is. If you rotate the steering wheel too much in either direction you can ruin the clock spring and will have yet another problem! Been there done that! I can rebuild your column if needed as I have new track bearing assemblies. Let me know! Be happy to help you!

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Rockyii911Sun Jun-10-12 01:29 PM
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i bought a new STEERING COLUMN TILT/TELESCOPIC/ unit for it, does that come with the track bearings thta your talking about???? if not can i buy the tracking assembly from you as the car is at my mechanics now and he will be putting in the new STEERING COLUMN TILT/TELESCOPIC/ unit, since the telescopic unit was stuck in the down position i thought it was that part thta was causing the problem..... would you be able to ship me the track assembly so my mechanic can replace that part when he does the telescopic unit??? would reall appreciate it

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pr129tbirdSun Jun-17-12 12:55 PM
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Hi I assume by "new" you mean new to YOU and that you bought a used steering column assembly right? Either new or good used its all self contained and assuming its in good condition you should be good to go! BTW Dont let you mechanic soak you. These steering columns in our cars are VERY easy to remove. You can get it out in like 10-15 mins! First disconnect the bat neg cable. Then wait a little while (this is to avoid deployment of the air bag). remove the lower dash trim cover, remove the thin metal bracket that runs across the lower part of the dash. At the base of the column you will see where the steering shaft goes into the rag joint. There is One through bolt, remove it then pull the shaft loose from the rag joint. Next unhook any wire connects that you can get at that are connected to the steering column. THen remove the four bolts that hole the column to the dash frame. Lower the column a little and make sure there are no more wire connectors to remove. I mentioned this because its been a long time and dont recall if you can remove them all without lowering the column . IF all wires are disconnected your columns ready to be removed!! SIDE NOTE: do NOT allow the steering wheel to turn in either direction. Try and mark where it is in relation the column. and DON'T turn the wheel alot in either direction as you will ruin the clock spring (its a ribbon type wiring thats rolls and unrolls when your making turns. It connects the horn, cruise, air bags etc. GOOD LUCK! If your in NY I can do it for you reasonable!

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Rockyii911Mon Jun-18-12 04:37 AM
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thanks for the imfor..... had mechnanic put in used "unit" last thursday, he charged me $100.00 for labor took him a couple of hrs all together to take out sawp unit and replace, scary thing was at first the wheel wouldn't move up or , side to sdie, thought i got burned on the unit i bought, after i kept playing with contact switch wheel started to move in all directions, so all is good now, i'm wondering wether that was my problem all along, if i really need a new telescopic unit, or wether the swich onside of steering wheel that moves the wheel has a bad contact point sometimes???

rocky

  

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callouieMon Jun-18-12 08:49 AM
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Based on your initial description, no, your problem was far more than a switch if the steering wheel/column was 'flopping around' as you described. What 'Unit' did the mechanic replace? If the steering wheel is not moving around, then I would guess the steering column(?)is what was replaced.

Calvin Louie
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Rockyii911Mon Jun-18-12 10:55 AM
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the telescopic unit was replaced, the backet on old unit broke which caused the steering wheel column to move around, he took out whole steering column, replaced the telescopic unit, now steering wheel is secured again, but now the telescopic unit does move all the time when i move switch on the left hand side of column, if i play with switch for awhile then the steering wheel will move up and down, in and out, the reason it broke was it was stuck in down position, when i got into car had to slide legs under steering wheel, the last time i done that i heard a cracking noise, then whole column starting to move around, now that he has replaced telescopic unit wheel is solid again, but the telescopic part doesn't always move when i move switch, i figured maybe the switch isn't making a good contact all the time, thats why when i play with switch for awhile , all of a sudden wheel starts moving in and out and up and down.

  

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Lee98LSCThu Jun-21-12 07:01 PM
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My low mileage '98 has the same "works when it wants to" tilt/telescope switch. My solution may not apply to you since I am the only one who drives my car but I just set the column once and don't have to mess with it again...except when the battery is disconnected/reconnected. Just be aware that extending the column too far can cause problems...there was a recall about this situation, IIRC.

  

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