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Offline Black77Ramcharger

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Upper steering wheel column bearing replacement
« on: November 13, 2016, 10:37:10 am »
If any have tried to find a replacement bearing for upper steering wheel column on a 1977 RC you can use a bicycle bearing part number B539 for about $10. Your other option is a $100 airplane quality one. I went everywhere even to a bearing store.
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    Re: Upper steering wheel column bearing replacement
    « Reply #1 on: December 9, 2016, 04:06:07 pm »
    Is this the spot that's going into the firewall?
    I was having problems with that spot myself being very sloppy and was wondering if there was some type of bearing or spacer to go in there.. Also would this be the same on a 91?
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    Re: Upper steering wheel column bearing replacement
    « Reply #2 on: December 9, 2016, 04:11:05 pm »
    This is inside the steering wheel.

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    Re: Upper steering wheel column bearing replacement
    « Reply #3 on: December 9, 2016, 07:49:33 pm »
    Oh I see.
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    Re: Upper steering wheel column bearing replacement
    « Reply #4 on: December 17, 2017, 11:10:27 am »
    will this work for 1990 RC with Saginaw tilt wheel? nice going btw, $30.00 and up is all I see out there.

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    Re: Upper steering wheel column bearing replacement
    « Reply #5 on: January 11, 2018, 09:34:07 pm »
    will this work for 1990 RC with Saginaw tilt wheel? nice going btw, $30.00 and up is all I see out there.

    No. this is for the straight column. Tilt column is a different animal.
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    Re: Upper steering wheel column bearing replacement
    « Reply #6 on: February 5, 2018, 02:04:18 am »
    I just ran across this site a few hours ago. I have not done anything, but take a quick look, and book mark it. So do your due diligence before dishing out any money. If nothing else, maybe take them up on the free diagrams.

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    Re: Upper steering wheel column bearing replacement
    « Reply #7 on: September 27, 2018, 09:50:12 am »
    These people said they cant get parts so thats a non option now...

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    Re: Upper steering wheel column bearing replacement
    « Reply #8 on: November 5, 2019, 08:17:58 pm »
    If any have tried to find a replacement bearing for upper steering wheel column on a 1977 RC you can use a bicycle bearing part number B539 for about $10.

    This same bearing is still on amazon. Is it a direct fit, or does it need any modifications?
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    Re: Upper steering wheel column bearing replacement
    « Reply #9 on: April 10, 2020, 12:41:32 pm »
    Is the 1976 column the same as a 77? I'm about to replace my blinker and ignition switch, would love to replace beating while I'm in there.

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    Re: Upper steering wheel column bearing replacement
    « Reply #10 on: April 11, 2020, 11:53:50 am »
    They all should be the same. I have an auto column shift 73', and floor shift 73' with a 77' column. Both are the same inside steering column as far as that bearing goes. Very little changed 1973 to 1979.
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    Re: Upper steering wheel column bearing replacement
    « Reply #11 on: April 20, 2020, 03:38:52 pm »
    So this is my stock 76 ramcharger non tilt steering column. I ordered the bearing and installed it, works well. It doesn't fit by itself, you still have to reuse the rubber cover that went over the original bearing. Even the original bearing O.D. is too small without the cover. If that cover is lost then this bearing would not work.



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    Re: Upper steering wheel column bearing replacement
    « Reply #12 on: April 20, 2020, 09:30:18 pm »
    So this is my stock 76 ramcharger non tilt steering column. I ordered the bearing and installed it, works well. It doesn't fit by itself, you still have to reuse the rubber cover that went over the original bearing. Even the original bearing O.D. is too small without the cover. If that cover is lost then this bearing would not work.



    That rubber cover has a staple in it for the ground connection for the horn.  :)
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    Re: Upper steering wheel column bearing replacement
    « Reply #13 on: April 21, 2020, 01:43:25 am »
    Was that supposed to face up?  ::)

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    Re: Upper steering wheel column bearing replacement
    « Reply #14 on: April 22, 2020, 03:37:26 pm »
    Was that supposed to face up?  ::)
    The staple?
    As long as it touching metal to ground it is all that matters.
    I think mine is on the side.
    That shot you took of your column looks just like my '74.
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    Re: Upper steering wheel column bearing replacement
    « Reply #15 on: May 26, 2020, 09:36:27 pm »
    Will this bearing failing cause the wheel to turn hard? What are you experiencing that you decided to replace this bearing?  I have a 1985 dodge truck and the steering turns hard. I did check power steering pump fluid,belt tightness. I also jack up the front end and took weight off the wheels. The steering wheel still turns just as hard.

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    Re: Upper steering wheel column bearing replacement
    « Reply #16 on: June 1, 2020, 11:42:38 pm »
    Will this bearing failing cause the wheel to turn hard? What are you experiencing that you decided to replace this bearing?  I have a 1985 dodge truck and the steering turns hard. I did check power steering pump fluid,belt tightness. I also jack up the front end and took weight off the wheels. The steering wheel still turns just as hard.

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    No it shouldn't make it turn hard.
    It will make a squeaking noise when it dries out of grease.
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