1991 GMC Sierra Steering Wheel is Loose

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Old 05-12-15, 08:26 AM
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1991 GMC Sierra Steering Wheel is Loose

I have a 1991 GMC Sierra I've had for a few years now. Ever since I bought the truck, the steering wheel has been loose. I can grab the wheel and move it in any direction a couple of inches. I can still drive without issue, but I'm ready to fix this problem. Can anyone tell me what might be broken? I have never removed a steering wheel, or disassembled a steering column. The column doesn't move, only the steering wheel at the top of the column.

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Old 05-12-15, 09:23 AM
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Is the steering wheel itself loose or is it play in the steering? If the former, does it have an airbag?
 
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Old 05-12-15, 12:23 PM
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Thanks for the response. I actually found a video on Youtube of someone with the exact same problem (at least it looks like the same problem). I'll give it a try and see it if works.

The truck does not have air bags. Apparently, there are some torx bolts/screws that come loose inside the steering column. The guy on Youtube said it's a common problem with the 91 GMC. I have a few tools to buy before I can take a look. I'll post back here for anyone else that might have the problem. Thanks again.
 
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Normally, I would disassemble the horn or whatever is needed to look at the shaft & the nut that holds the steering wheel, in place. I was a mechanic many years ago & I never saw a steering wheel spinning around the shaft. There are splines holding the wheel in place. I've never seen them damaged, to that degree.

If there is play in the steering box, there is an adjustment on top. Loosen the lock nut, turn the screw clockwise until it hits bottom, then turn it counter clockwise 1/2 turn.
 
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Old 05-13-15, 03:53 AM
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That is what I was trying to determine. If the steering wheel rocks up/down the issue is likely at the steering wheel but if it's play back/forth as in turning the wheel that has to be further down the line. If the play is in the steering box Pulpo's fix works well ..... unless the box is completely worn out and needs to be replaced.
 
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