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I've got an '88 F250 4x4 diesel that isn't worth putting a lot of money into, but the slop in the steering column sliding joint was driving me nuts. I found I could slip an .018" feeler gauge into the joint, so I got to thinking of ways to keep a shim in place. I found an old clock spring that was .250" x .020" in cross section. It is good hard steel, so I cut two pieces, each four inches long. I pushed them as far as possible into the gap. The flat on the inner shaft is just a little wider than .500", so the two strips fit well. To keep them in place, I bent them back over the outer shaft and held them in place with a hose clamp. See picture. Only driven it a few miles so far, but it feels so much better not having to work so hard keeping it between the fence posts. tom
 

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Man that’s a great idea. I have replaced almost everything in my steering and there’s still that bit of loose play. I bet it’s in the slip joint! I’m gonna check it out!


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