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Change Steering column tilt joint

(1990 Chevrolet Caprice)
in Raleigh, NC on April 06, 2011
My 1989 chevy Caprice has a bad flex joint in the tilt section of the steering column. can I change just the knuckle or do I have to change the entire column?
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on April 06, 2011
most of the time, the 3 bolts come loose and just have to be tightened. it requires dis assembly but is better than replacement.

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on April 06, 2011
I have not had it apart but is it a universal joint or something else.
on April 06, 2011
yes and it is held by three inverted torque bolts. it is about a 2 hour job and very straight forward job.

on April 27, 2011
I got down to the place that I could see two of the bottom two bolts but could not figure how to see the top one.
on April 27, 2011
you need to remove the joint. there are 2 pins on the side that need to remove them and move the joint so you can get to the third bolt.
there is a tool you need to pull the pin. you can get it at a parts store.

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