RE: [DML] Re: Steering column problem-Please help
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RE: [DML] Re: Steering column problem-Please help

Roland & Dave,


Although the column webbing can be "repaired" by welding I would advise
against it for a few reasons. The webbing doesn't normally wear out but
rather fails by design after a heavy impact to the front end or suspension
of the car. This is DeLorean's version of a "collapsible column" used by
manufacturers to protect the driver by allowing to steering column to fold
up on impact rather than harming the occupant.  Because of this a repaired
column is much more likely to fail at another spot in the webbing because
the cause of the initial failure is, at least in theory, spread equally down
the length of the collapsible webbing. Although a webbing break is not
dangerous as far as control of the car is concerned it's not worth the
strong chance of subsequent failure after welding. This is particularly true
now that the cost of a new steering column dropped by about $160- to a
reasonable $197.10 a few years ago.


Since you're having these issues you should also ask the mechanic how he
secured the ignition lock assembly as the original shear bolts are not
generally available. We have a small supply of them as well as some machined
to fit Allen retention bolts. These bolts make a much more easily
serviceable lock assembly as wear becomes an issue on higher mileage cars.
Although it's easier to "borrow some ones DeLorean for a joyride" without
shear bolts when was the last time you've heard of a DeLorean being stolen?
You definitely should make sure he retained the lock with bolts of the
correct size and strength in any case.


Rob Grady,


P.J.Grady Inc.


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