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Should be a 12 point standard 7/16 socket.

Or maybe a 1/2"

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One last step and it's apart!  The steering shaft is out. Now how do you get the inner tube out of the outer column?  This black slotted collar around the inner shaft is like a Chinese puzzle... I've twisted it every which way while moving the tubes in an out trying to get the slots to line up and let go, but it just ain't happening! As usual, the FSM is no help.




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Originally posted by CamJam CamJam wrote:

One last step and it's apart!  The steering shaft is out. Now how do you get the inner tube out of the outer column?  This black slotted collar around the inner shaft is like a Chinese puzzle... I've twisted it every which way while moving the tubes in an out trying to get the slots to line up and let go, but it just ain't happening! As usual, the FSM is no help.

Anyone know the trick?


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Like you said, it's like a Chinese puzzle. It comes out with some work and goes back in with some work. Remember, it goes back in two different ways (upside down and right side up), be sure to mark the top because if you install it upside down, you can't get the column back together. You'll have to tear it back apart.
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Originally posted by 71SC360 71SC360 wrote:

Like you said, it's like a Chinese puzzle. It comes out with some work and goes back in with some work. Remember, it goes back in two different ways (upside down and right side up), be sure to mark the top because if you install it upside down, you can't get the column back together. You'll have to tear it back apart.


Thanks for that tip!  Might have saved me a bunch of time!!
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Success!  Don't know quite how I got that last collar out (or worse, how I'll get it back in) but it will be good to get this dirty old column blasted, painted, lubed and fit new bearings to it. It really was an eye sore before when you opened the hood. 

Thanks to everyone who helped! 
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Any advice and help to replace the bearing in the tube assembly?I don’t mean the upper or lower bearings I mean the plastic she did holes a little ball bearings in between the two parts of the housing
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