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Old 08-29-2006, 10:26 AM   #1
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I searched on this one but didn't come up with much- over bumps in the road, the steering column kind of rattles and feels "loose," you definitely feel it moving around through the wheel. I found that there are some bolts I can check, I figure go for the easy stuff first- might just be a loose bolt.

Is there anything else I should check? Rack assembly?

The car steers perfectly fine otherwise.
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If the car steers perfectly, but you hear and feel a rattle over bumps, check your front swaybar endlinks.
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I have/had this problem. The column is secured by two yokes. an upper and a lower. The upper has large bolts which could be loose. The lower (down near the firewall) has small bolts and their nuts can break. I can't remember if there are 2 or 3, but all mine are broken. My column would shimmy some over bumps and when I started the car. Right now I have two large band clamps around the lower yoke to hold it still. Billboost provided me with a column with unbroken nuts that I will install in the near future.
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I have a local friend with a B'ville that was in an accident and the lead tabs actually broke and the column was flopping around 99% loose.

Check all the good suggestions above. I'd think from your description it'* more interior column than endlinks.. however anything is possible.
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billboost37 thanks for your post- my B'ville was in a very minor fender bender when the previous owner had it, no frame damage or anything, but you jogged my memory and maybe that'* what happened to mine.

Once the rain lets up, I'll go have a look. I'll use the service manual to locate the bolts.
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