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Steering Column Bush

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Here's a fix for the loose steering column which every 1200 now seems to have after 30 years... a polyethylene bushing.

Contents

Overview

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The bushing is located at the tip of the steering column(i.e. steering wheel end) and unscrews. It is behind the turn signal switch assembly.

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This is like a $10 fix, although you have to drill, cut and/or whittle the polyethylene yourself. It is low-friction and self-lubricating. Machine one up yourself out of Nylon - $10. With some time and patience you can whittle it with a knife.

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Home-made nylon bushing

Or buy one already made from Nissan. The Nissan part numbers are:

48910-H1020 or 48910-H1021 Column Bush for Collapsible Steering Column USA ALL, JAPAN GL, GX
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48054-H1002 BUSH-STEERING WORM Sedan/Coupe/Wagon/Pickup (all years, for non-collapsible column)
VENDOR: Bprojects Product: Steering Rubber Bush
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There are two kinds of bushings, with a totally different setup

  • The screw in type AU$56. Press the new bush into the screw part, per the Factory Service Manual
  • The press fit type AU$26, essentially a rubber bush with a metal sleeve

A friendly Nissan dealer is the place to ask for the part.

  • you can still get them genuine from Nissan
  • looks like some sort of engineering plastic (eg delrin) and encased in the threaded and castellated metal outer

Make Your Own

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Alternatives

  • as a quick fix , cut 4 small pieces of cork, lube them up and push them in place.
  • cut a spare LCA bushing with a 32mm hole saw. See Quick fix for sloppy steering column bush
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Removal and Installation

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  1. Remove the Steering Wheel
  2. Remove the column shell
  3. Remove the turn signal mechanism
  4. If equipped, remove the circlip & thrust washer
  5. Uncrimp the column where it has been hammered down to lock the bush in place
  6. Unscrew the bushing sleeve. Use a special spanner wrench or lightly tap it around (takes a very long time, so be patient)

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Unlock the crimp-locks, (uncrimp it, notice it has been hammered)
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Unfortunately if the previous mechanic screwed it in too far (as on my ute) the it's much more difficult. In this case you can tap it with a punch or screwdriver anti-clockwise -- but it will take a very, very long time, so be patient.

After fitting the new bush, screw it in and adjust for less than 1.0 mm clearance to the washer.

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Part Numbers

48054-H1002 BUSHING-column non-collapsible column
48910-H1021 BUSH-column Collapsible type column

Bush is part #18
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コラキシブル collapsible GL, GX ステアリング シャフト コラム ブッシュ steering shaft column bush 

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