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PostSubject: Re: FAQ: Steering Column Slop, Problems & Replacement   Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:12 am

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9ty7rivi wrote:
I just recently pulled the steering wheel from a 99' rivi. Would it be a direct bolt on or will I be looking at a headache for my swap?



I don'[t know for sure, but it should bolt on.

For the rest of you, that wheel was used in a bunch of Buicks of that era including the Skylark, however the different 'versions' had different part numbers but only really differed as to what color they were painted, whether they had leather grips sewn on, horn pads, and switch pack (radio/HVAC)



Thanks for the response. I'm just waiting on my mechanic for a quote or i'll be attempting this myself... scratch nervous

As long as you have the FSM for instructions, and the proper tools, the only likely headache will be re-setting the trouble code for the airbag. Be sure you use a righteous puller for pulling the wheel.
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PostSubject: Re: FAQ: Steering Column Slop, Problems & Replacement   Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:54 am

albertj wrote:

9ty7rivi wrote:


albertj wrote:



9ty7rivi wrote:
I just recently pulled the steering wheel from a 99' rivi. Would it be a direct bolt on or will I be looking at a headache for my swap?




I don'[t know for sure, but it should bolt on.

For the rest of you, that wheel was used in a bunch of Buicks of that era including the Skylark, however the different 'versions' had different part numbers but only really differed as to what color they were painted, whether they had leather grips sewn on, horn pads, and switch pack (radio/HVAC)




Thanks for the response. I'm just waiting on my mechanic for a quote or i'll be attempting this myself... scratch nervous


As long as you have the FSM for instructions, and the proper tools, the only likely headache will be re-setting the trouble code for the airbag.  Be sure you use a righteous puller for pulling the wheel.

I do have the FSM. Will a puller from auto zone suffice or would I need too purchase one? With the FSM would it still be a headache resetting the trouble code?
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PostSubject: Re: FAQ: Steering Column Slop, Problems & Replacement   Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:17 pm

9ty7rivi wrote:


albertj wrote:



9ty7rivi wrote:




albertj wrote:





9ty7rivi wrote:
I just recently pulled the steering wheel from a 99' rivi. Would it be a direct bolt on or will I be looking at a headache for my swap?


I don't know for sure, but it should bolt on.

For the rest of you, that wheel was used in a bunch of Buicks of that era including the Skylark, however the different 'versions' had different part numbers but only really differed as to what color they were painted, whether they had leather grips sewn on, horn pads, and switch pack (radio/HVAC)

Thanks for the response. I'm just waiting on my mechanic for a quote or i'll be attempting this myself... scratch nervous

As long as you have the FSM for instructions, and the proper tools, the only likely headache will be re-setting the trouble code for the airbag.  Be sure you use a righteous puller for pulling the wheel.

I do have the FSM. Will a puller from auto zone suffice or would I need too purchase one? With the FSM would it still be a headache resetting the trouble code?



IIRC you need to use other bolts with the loaner AZ puller - I can't find the post about this ATM but it should not be hard to find using a Google search on the web. Something like "puller GM steering wheel" As for the code, not all scan tools will reset the airbag codes, you may need to snag a TechII or visit a dealer.
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PostSubject: Re: FAQ: Steering Column Slop, Problems & Replacement   Thu May 31, 2018 9:03 pm

[quote="albertj"]About the steering column tilt pins loosening:  there is a source of slightly oversize pins you can install. I am having these installed:

http://www.steeringcolumnservices.com/gm-buick-cadillac-chevrolet-oldsmobile-pontiac/pin06-pivot-pins.php

I *may* also apply the fix where you install a flat piece of metal over the pivot pin to hold it in place. We'll see.  I have to pull the dash off to replace the radio and fix a bulb out in the climate control.  I also have to go in the drivers' door and install a replacement keeper on teh end of the lock rod.

Thing I am grumbling to myself  about is the unobtainium plastic parts are starting to embrittle.

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Alberti did u ever use these pins
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PostSubject: Re: FAQ: Steering Column Slop, Problems & Replacement   Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:37 am

71stagegs wrote:
albertj wrote:
About the steering column tilt pins loosening:  there is a source of slightly oversize pins you can install. I am having these installed:

http://www.steeringcolumnservices.com/gm-buick-cadillac-chevrolet-oldsmobile-pontiac/pin06-pivot-pins.php

I *may* also apply the fix where you install a flat piece of metal over the pivot pin to hold it in place. We'll see.  I have to pull the dash off to replace the radio and fix a bulb out in the climate control.  I also have to go in the drivers' door and install a replacement keeper on teh end of the lock rod.

Thing I am grumbling to myself  about is the unobtainium plastic parts are starting to embrittle.

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Alberti did u ever use these pins

Yes I did. I had the local GM dealer install them at same time as replacing ignition switch and turn signal switch. The pins worked great. So did the other fixes. At some point I need to pull the clamshell apart again the wrap a strip of foam around that multipin connector, it rattles sometimes.

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PostSubject: Re: FAQ: Steering Column Slop, Problems & Replacement   Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:43 am

LARRY70GS wrote:
Albert, got a line on those keepers?  Last time I had my car painted, I guess the body guys thought they were optional parts.  Lit them up about that.

Larry did you ever replace those keepers?  When my car was in the shop, they broke the door handle and replaced it - and did not reinstall the little rod that interfaces with the switch on the latch (for remote locking).  

AIEEEEEEEEEEE!

Let me know what you did.

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PostSubject: Re: FAQ: Steering Column Slop, Problems & Replacement   Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:05 am

No, I did not. The rods haven't fallen out either, LOL. Every time I pull the door panels, I break something. Like Steve said, everything is brittle.

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PostSubject: Re: FAQ: Steering Column Slop, Problems & Replacement   Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:29 pm

LARRY70GS wrote:
No, I did not.  The rods haven't fallen out either, LOL.  Every time I pull the door panels, I break something.  Like Steve said, everything is brittle.

I lan to go into my passenger door "one last time" to fix the pull handle light and replace the window motor (I got one of the high speed OE ones not long ago). I am sort of waiting while I figure out how to replace the water barrier - can't figure out what material GM used. Looks like neoprene impregnated fabric but it's not - would not have got brittle if it was. I had bought the drivers side long ago, just installed it. Should have bought the pass side too as it is now unobtainium.

You are right about breaking something pulling panels. It's a trip.

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