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Old 07-03-2017, 05:09 PM   #1
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I am working on my sons 2001 tahoe trying to fix a loose steering wheel. To be clear, the steering is not loose but the steering wheel is lose. There is plenty of play in all directions and can pull out about a half inch. After pulling off the steering wheel, I see another shaft that is about 5-6 inches long that connects to a longer shaft that goes down the distance of the steering column. This 5-6 inch shaft seems to have alot of play. I am thinking there is some worn out bearing or perhaps he hit the steering wheel and broke something that he isnt sure of. Any guidance or advice would be appreciated.

We are trying to find out why we have so much play. Also the steering column bearing near the floor board seems tight with limited play.

I have attached a video to show the play.


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Old 07-08-2017, 05:44 PM   #2
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Default We finally figured out the cause of the steering wheel play.

Ok we finally found out what was causing the issue and turned out being the Upper Bearing Inner Race Seat. The seat is used with the spring to apply pressure to the inner race on the bearing. This seat had compressed a bit allowing the inner race to come out some causing the play. In our case the cancel cam assembly was also cracked. We did not have to change the inner race or bearing which come as a set. Spent $20.00 on a lock plate removal tool from o'Reillys. $33 on the cancel cam assembly, $14 on the race seat and i replaced the bearing retainer o ring for $10.00.

The steering wheel is now very solid with no play at all.
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