Steering Column Bearing

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Steering Column Bearing

Post by scubachris » Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:34 pm

Tried getting the bearing in for my steering column and it is a mother. Do they need to be pressed in? Beating them using a piece of wood and hammer isn't getting the job done.

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Re: Steering Column Bearing

Post by lanciahf » Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:38 pm

Spider? On a 69 spider I was working on, the ones I got from Auto Ricambi went right it
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Re: Steering Column Bearing

Post by cgranju » Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:39 pm

is there any adjustment of the bearings? I have at least one column that needs some bearing help, but luckily enough I've managed to never have the chance to change these in my tenure of Fiat ownership so far!
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Re: Steering Column Bearing

Post by fp55scca » Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:20 pm

--Chris C. : You didn't specify which vehicle, but if a Spider, apparently the later ones (84-85.5) use two bushings in the column, while the 1966-83 use two bearings. You do discuss having difficulty inserting a "bearing", so......The Haynes manual describes the bearing as a "push fit" (not "press"), while the 124 Factory Service Manual doesn't address the process at all. I do remember having difficulty inserting these bearings, and I'm certain I did not use a press, but one could be used if available. I may have used a section of copper pipe as a drift, but I can't recall. As usual, getting them started is the trick.

--Chris G. : There is no adjustment on the bearings per se, but the bearings are retained in the steering column with upper and lower springs which are quite strong. I seem to recall inserting an extra washer on the shaft before replacing the lower spring, to increase the pressure on the bearings? Also, the Factory Manual shows an extra "bushing" below the lower bearing, that is not reflected in the Haynes Manual, and recommends replacing this "bushing" if worn. I've not seen this bushing myself, and our vendors don't seem to carry one.
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