1986 Monte Carlo steering wheel problem
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    Unhealthy amount of movement/play
    I recently purchased a 1986 Chevy Monte Carlo in decent condition. I previously had a 1987 Olds Cutlass and I have noticed that the steering wheels on both seemed to be "loose". Both are tilt steering wheels and both cars drove straight, no wobbling, but it seems as if the column itself is loose/not attached correctly on the firewall. Any body have this problem or suggestions? I am afraid to drive it in this condition.

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    Oh, forgot to mention the car is stock with 86,000 original miles.

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    is the whole column loose or just the tilt section? If the whole column is loose then check the two bolts that attach to the underside of the dash, then check where is passes through the firewall. If its the tilt section you will need to take the wheel off and then tighten the torx srews in the column.

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    It seems as if it is the whole column. The tilt section seems fine. How is it supposed to be attached to the firewall?

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    i had a car like that. it needed new bearing in it to plus the tightning it up.
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    It is not the tilt mechanism. It can be locked and I can move the column up and down.

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    Just look for the mounting bolts under the dash, if they are tight then its the column. There are 4 bolts in the column that are notorious for coming loose in G-bodies. Here are 2 write ups I found on a G-body website.

    http://www.fieros.de/en/articles/steering.html

    http://www.chevyasylum.com/column/tiltcol.html
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    Thank you sir for the help. That is a very nice truck you have.

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    No prob, and thanks
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