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 Post subject: steering column bearings
Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2005 7:04 pm 
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:?: Eb XR6 Anyone know if u can replace top steering column bearing or do you have to replace whole coulmn. (keeps binding up bit dodgy to drive)
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Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2005 8:08 pm 
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i have the same problem on my EL...soon as u get to 100km/h you can feel the wabbles in the wheel. Is it hard to do the bottom end ones at the same time?
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Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2005 8:33 pm 
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:? sounds like a different problem to mine
Ford said u can only buy whole column ($400)
must be a way of replacing the bearing!
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Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2005 9:27 pm 
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ick for sure...bearings in the steering? Anyone got any info?
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Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2005 10:12 pm 
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try getin some old ones and take them to a bearing shop like CBC bearings here in adelaide and see if they have some thing the same u can replace them with. :idea:
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Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2005 10:54 pm 
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the bottom bearing at the firewall are needle rollers in a plastic casing, not all that hard to change. have to remove the steering column and remove the steering shaft in the engine bay. the bearing is about $60 from ford but that was for an el, i think its the same. if the car is equiped with airbag make sure to disconnect the battery before working on the steering column.
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Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2005 11:11 pm 
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nice, so what about up the top, i assume there are some form of bearings at the top where the airbag and steering wheel connect.
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Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 5:16 am 
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id doubt if the top one needs replacing as the main load is on the lower bearing at the firewall, the lower one is also exposed to dust and heat from the engine bay. my car is an el and has done just over 160k it had a clunk over small bumps and would also clunk when the wheel was turned side to side, when i had out the coloumn i found no sign of wear at all on the upper bearing.
just make sure when replacing the bottom firewall bearing that the seal is seated, its a pain in the a** as it catches on the shaft and pulls away from the bearing. you will see what i mean.
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Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 8:31 am 
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yerp sounds like i have the same prob as you had...its not bad when i go over bumps but whenever i go over bumps at 90km/h + or do 100km/h its noticable...i dont like it. Think ill be fixin it nxt weekend :d u rock...
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Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 9:26 am 
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gezza wrote:
:? sounds like a different problem to mine
Ford said u can only buy whole column ($400)
must be a way of replacing the bearing!
there is a guy in gellong that is now making 2 peice bushes i fitted a set the other day cost is around $50 and it easy as ill get the details from work and put them up :P ford can keep all their colums
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 Post subject: Re: steering column bearings
Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 9:28 am 
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gezza wrote:
:?: Eb XR6 Anyone know if u can replace top steering column bearing or do you have to replace whole coulmn. (keeps binding up bit dodgy to drive)
dude check my other post on an eb it will be actully the bottom bearing but it feels like the top but i wont have details untill monday
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Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 1:44 pm 
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had the same on my dads EB was real hard to turn the wheel
he thought was the powersteerign pump changed that and still bad
rip the wheel off and spray some CRC down there and see it that helps!! if it does then get some white grease in a can and use that f**k repalcing the bearing

 

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Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 2:49 pm 
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when i changed my lower bearing i replaced the steering shaft also from the rack to the firewall, the old shaft is still good. a new one was about $190 if anyone needs it make an offer. its for an EL with airbags.
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Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 5:16 pm 
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ok the details are
Steering Link
990 Ballan rd
Lovely Banks
Vic
3221
ph.0352761206
fax.0352761406
please note coz this thread is getting confuseing these bearings fit EA-ED and NA-DC and those of you that have tried know you cant get the bearing out without breaking it as the joint on the bottom is welded ef-el are different to the early ones these bushs save buying a colum and are fairly easy to fit (you will also need some locktite 480)hope this helps
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