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Thread: Steering column bushing gone bad.

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    On Vacation to North Pole Ron's Avatar
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    Sounds like you have the wrong/dried-out/??? bushing. Like Dave said, the ID is too tight. Odd, especially if the firewall hole is sloppy.

    There is a split bushing that doesn't require disassembly and some cut the OEM style with good luck (SpecialT, iirc).

    3M Trim Adhesive will hold it in place, but a PITA for the next guy to remove...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron View Post
    Sounds like you have the wrong/dried-out/??? bushing. Like Dave said, the ID is too tight. Odd, especially if the firewall hole is sloppy.

    There is a split bushing that doesn't require disassembly and some cut the OEM style with good luck (SpecialT, iirc).

    3M Trim Adhesive will hold it in place, but a PITA for the next guy to remove...
    +1 on the adhesive. If I understand correctly, he is saying that the metal hole in the firewall is worn/wallowed out from being driven for some time without a bushing in place.

    If that's the case, I'd fit a new one with a good adhesive, while ensuring the area is degreased and cleaned first.
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    Agreed.
    I was thinking if there is enough firewall left for screws to hit, while holding the bushing, and the bushing still spins all greased up, a good adhesive is a better rout than trying to find an oversize bushing or repair the hole etc. And if a tight bushing/mild scars on the shaft are part of it, or not, he be covered either way...
    It'll just break in faster.

    FWIW, I'd use a good rag and spray it with ether to make sure the grove and all gets clean and go for it.

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    Cleaned it, sprayed it with degreaser, cleaned it again, and epoxied it...and prayed.
    I will let everyone know when it fails...

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    Thanks again, everyone, for all of the help.

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    If the car is driven with no bushing for a long time, the hole in the sheet metal can get quite enlarged, to the point where the bushing will no longer fit properly. The fix is to enlarge the hole and make a new piece of sheet metal with the proper size hole and either weld or screw it to the bulkhead. As for the bushing, Rob's bushing is pretty tough. It does not deform much like the original rubber one but it will last a LOT longer. I found that since the steering shaft goes through it at an angle I had to file the ID at an angle so the steering shaft would not drag so much. I also made a puller out of pipe nipples, washers and threaded rod to get that bushing in. The puller is necessary especially if the hole is not enlarged much. With a little lubrication the steering will be nice and smooth again. While the rubber bushing or the 2 piece bushing may be a lot easier to install neither will last as long as the Teflon or Delran bushing Rob sells.
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