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Old April 10th, 2011, 11:40 PM
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Unhappy Steering Column bearings

I have a couple questions about steering column bearings.

First off, I'm pretty sure that my upper column bearing has bought it.
When I turn the wheel, it makes an awful grinding noise and it is getting increasingly hard to turn.
Not to mention that I am able to wiggle the steering wheel half an inch, left to right.
Bear in mind, that this is a fixed non-tilt column.
It is in my late '77 F250 4x4, manual transmission. (not a highboy)

Also, does a truck of the same year, with an automatic transmission column, use the same upper column bearing?

Does anyone have a part # for the upper column bearing?

Lastly, what is the easiest way to change this bearing?

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated, as this is my daily driver.

Thanks in advance.
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The part will be the same auto or manual ..
I dont have the part number ..
all of mine that i have worked on i removed em from the truck to do a bench repair use CAUTION parts are old and brittle its not real hard just take your time ..
any screws you have to remove make sure you have good tools meaning the tips are not wore a lot .
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the '77 and eariler does not show a bearing like the '78 and later

check this out

http://www.lmctruck.com/icatalog/fc/...hItem=steering


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Could be the steering gear box located at the bottom of your column, bolted to your frame. I had one go on me. Before I swapped it, my F150 had tons of play in the steering wheel. Something to look into!




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Could be the steering gear box located at the bottom of your column, bolted to your frame. I had one go on me. Before I swapped it, my F150 had tons of play in the steering wheel. Something to look into!
No, it's not the gearbox. The steering is good and tight, and I've already isolated the problem to the upper bearing as I recently had to replace the turn signal assembly.

There isn't much left of the upper bearing.

I do appreciate the trouble shooting suggestion though.
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the '77 and eariler does not show a bearing like the '78 and later

check this out

http://www.lmctruck.com/icatalog/fc/...hItem=steering
You're right on that one.
I called the local Ford dealership here, and they still carry the bearing for $30.
Guess I'll be going that route.

Thanks for the help!
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so you do have bearings

wonder why the '77 view does not show bearings


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You're right on that one.
I called the local Ford dealership here, and they still carry the bearing for $30.
Guess I'll be going that route.

Thanks for the help!
I spoke too soon on this, the dealership has the part #'s, However, the part is obsolete and they are no longer able to get them.

Go figure!

Guess I have no choice but to go through one of the restoration companies.
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Well, come to find out it is not the upper column bearing that is bad.
I pulled the column apart a few months ago, and the upper bearing is fine.
The lower column bearing, on the other hand, is non existent.
Ugh, not looking forward to pulling the column just to change the lower bearing.
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if the upper & lower bearing are the same look for that # and go to the auto parts and get one
if not get a caliaper and do some measuring to cross referance a bearing
all you need is the ID & OD


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