4-143. STEERING COLUMN MAINTENANCE (Continued.)
Check for damage in the column support
It will be indicated by
separation of the mounting capsules from
the bracket. The bracket will have moved
compartment and will usually result in
collapsing of the jacket section of the
resulting in frame damage, major body
or sheet metal damage, or where the
steering column has been impacted
may also have a damaged or
misaligned steering column.
Inspect capsules on the steering column
bracket assembly. The capsules must be
within 1/16 inch (1.59 mm) from the bottom
(1) of the slots. If not, the bracket should be
Inspect contact surface. The bolt head must
not contact surface (2) or the shear load
would be increased. If contact is made,
replace the bracket.
Measure the jacket collapse dimension from
the collar on the toe plate flange to the
lower edge of the upper jacket (3). If the
Visually inspect for sheared injected plastic
jacket dimension is not within 14 inches
in the steering shaft. If sheared, replace
(353 mm) a new jacket must be installed.
with new parts.
Any frame damage that could cause a bent
steering shaft must have the steering shaft
runout checked in the following manner:
Remove intermediate shaft. Hold a ruler
against the lower end of steering shaft and
have the steering wheel rotated. The runout
must not exceed 1/16 inch (1.59 mm). A
dial indicator may be used instead of a ruler.