Mike, I have a rack builder here in Dallas that rebuilds all my racks and I can only tell you that the main bushing that was plastic is only one part of many that are replaced. They make a brass bushing to replace that one. I Personally don’t rebuild them because of time involved and parts needed.
If they were easy would have done it myself but I learned a long time ago that some things are best left up to people that do it for a living and have all the parts and knowledge to do it.
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Subject: Re: [DML] Can I install a steering column bushing in backwards
I don't know if it's just me, but the DML emails seem to have been delayed by several days...
Anyway, I don't think you could install it backwards because I can't imagine what would hold it in place. Also, the idea of cutting a bushing seems counter-intuitive. I would suggest your best option is to just get the POR-15 solvent, and do it the right way. I'm assuming the part that is seized is the U-joint to the splined steering column shaft?
Changing the bushing isn't bad at all. It's only a few bolts and a plug to remove the steering column from the car, replace the bushing, curse for 5 minutes because you keep collapsing the column when you try to put it though the bushing, then eventually reattach to the U-joint on the steering shaft.
Just make sure you precisely mark the joint to the shaft before you disassemble or you'll have to waste time straightening your steering wheel.
I need to install a new steering column bushing but can't budge the lower steering column from either top or bottom U joint to allow access space at the interior firewall. However there appears to be enough room on the outside firewall side to siip on a sliced bushing. The lower steering column is seized with POR-15 paint.
Has anyone ever installed a new steering column bushing backwards, that is from the outside of the firewall (trunk side) instead of from the interior of the car?