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Old 11-15-2008, 12:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Steering column- '89 suburban

The steering column in my '89 Suburban is totally broke. What years will fit- anything '84-up? Does it have to be out of a diesel? I don't want to have to switch any wiring. Never done this before- looks very easy as long as wiring all works.
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Old 11-15-2008, 02:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The early 6.2 trucks had a floor dimmer switch, none on the column. So make sure it has the dimmer and washer control on the column. some had the tilt wheel also. If you want th change to a tilt wheel, make sure you get the complete column with the internal steering shaft. It unbolts at the steering gear. You will need a steering wheel puller and a lock ring release tool to remove the outer column from the shaft. You can also change your lock in the process. A manual that shows the details will help greatly.
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I know. '83 and earlier have the floor dimmer and wiper switch on the dash. '84- up has them on the steering column.
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Old 11-15-2008, 11:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I know. '83 and earlier have the floor dimmer and wiper switch on the dash. '84- up has them on the steering column.
x2- my 83 has exactly that- wipers on dash and brights on floor- tilt...
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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GM columns are pretty largely interchangable as long as they have the same combination signal/wiper/dimmer control, the only other place the differ is underhood.

The lock cylinder and a lot of other parts actually interchange into the next style Chevy trucks, the wheel is just different.

One thing to watch if you pull the wheel - the lock plate under it has a keyway so it only installs one way - but mark it when you take it apart because if you put it on backwards, the wheel will only install about 90' off from stock. Ask me how I know...
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why pull the wheel? i'v changed them with the wheel on, as long as i had the key. they are fairly universal and the wire plug ins seem to interchange. as said make sure you grab the matching steering shaft in case the lengths are different
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Are you saying it's broken because the steering wheel is flopping around? If that's the prob, why don't you save some $$$$ and pull it apart and tighten the 3 external torx screws that always seem to loosen up...and it will cure the "loose wheel syndrome."
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Are you saying it's broken because the steering wheel is flopping around? If that's the prob, why don't you save some $$$$ and pull it apart and tighten the 3 external torx screws that always seem to loosen up...and it will cure the "loose wheel syndrome."
Actually, there are four.
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There are three Phillips head screws for the directional signal switch and four torx head screws for the housing assembly. Be careful not to over tighten as the screws go into into plastic or pot metal (I don't remember which) and can strip. A dot of mild Loctite (blue) will help retain the torx screws (None on the Phillips).
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Is this a tilt column? Could be the tilt pin(s) came out. If not, do as Joel said.
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