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My steering column is loose. What do I do to fix this?

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Initial post: May 10, 2012 3:08:34 AM PDT
J. D. Stepp says:
I drive a 88 Dodge B250 conversion van and ever since I got it the steering column has been really loose. Does anyone know of a way to fix this?

Posted on May 10, 2012 6:07:32 AM PDT
pawpaw says:
If it is loose in the steering wheel shaft there are bearings and or bushings in column that need to be replaced. You can buy them on line.

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 8:10:15 PM PDT
daddio says:
There is a loose nut behind the wheel.

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 9:22:52 PM PDT
OldAmazonian says:
You can buy the maker's shop manual and fix it yourself, or pay a professional to fix it for you. It could be loose-feeling from wear, from misalignment, or from something more dangerous.

Posted on May 12, 2012 8:11:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 12, 2012 8:14:29 AM PDT
There are potentially two issues here:
Is the entire column loose? Can you grab the wheel with both hands and move it between the windshield and the floor? If this is the case, the two bolts that secure the column to the bottom of the dash are loose and will need to be tightened. If you stick your head under the dash and look toward the column, you should see a bracket with bolts that secure the column to the dash.

If the Van is equipped with a tilt column (one where the steering wheel can pivot on a fulcrum) the issue will lie within the column under the steering wheel itself. In this scenario there is a spring under tension that locks the column into place. If the spring, or some portion of the column's internals are improperly positioned or broken, it can make the column feel "loose" . This repair will require the removal of the steering wheel, a steering wheel puller, a lock plate depressor, and some patience. Tools are inexpensive. Try harbor freight.

Good Luck!
15 year exp Auto Tech.

Posted on May 12, 2012 12:18:05 PM PDT
peter b says:
replace Rack and pinnion Bushings, tie rods if old and worn out and a alignment should do it .. if not see if they make a steering stabilizer out for your car/truck

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 6:08:21 PM PDT
Carl G says:
Good response since J.D. didn't go into much detail.
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