Loose Tilt Steering Repair - 1991 GMC Suburban

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William Heffernan: Used your video to repair the steering column for my 91 GMC Sierra pickup. I've used the truck mostly for hauling stuff, picking up lumber for home projects, etc. It's great to have a pickup truck even if you only need it occasionally :). Anyway, I'm using it a little more now as my son repairs mowers and we use it to pick up equipment to be repaired. I thought I should go ahead and take care of the loose column. It took me about 6 hours to get it done. It wouldn't have taken so long if not for a couple of small pieces that fell out as I was removing, and had to figure out where they went.

One thing I had trouble with, perhaps it's different with the GMC Sierra, was removing the assembly after your comments at 10:39 (removing tilt mechanism lever). After removing the tilt mechanism lever, I moved the assembly up, down, sideways, but could see it was hinged across the top. I wasn't sure if I had to hammer that pin out, or what. I watched your video again, and noticed while you were removing the lever, you said "you'll have to put it back on". So, I put it back on, pulled on it and the assembly detached from the horizontal pin across the top of the column.

Hmm, I just noticed something else while writing my comments and reviewing your video. A note popped up on your video about a centering pin at the bottom of the spring removed just before 10:39. I didn't remove the centering pin. I do recall seeing it while working on my steering. Well, I'm not pulling it all apart to see if it's still there. I didn't see it on my floor board, so I'm guessing it's still in place. Everything seems to be fine.

There's no way I could have done this without your video. Thanks for taking the time to record and post.


Lee Darling: I just followed your instructions, but I ran into a snag putting it back together. There is a metal band that I believe goes to the steering wheel lock assembly.  I am pretty sure it is one of the first areas on reassembly.  It is a metal band that resembles the smile on a smiley face about 3/4 - 1 " across.  This is directly on the opposite side of the key ignition.  Any feedback would be great.

Darren87aero: Great Video, Its the most in depth one on youtube...anyway my 91 dually has this same problem, but before I start pulling it apart, I wanted to make sure I have all the parts, the plastic piece that activates the horn at 6:50 is most likely busted on mine, since the horn doesent work.... do you happen to know where I might find one besides the junkyard? or the proper name for it, I cannot find it anywhere.

SalemMillion: At 14:14 when you talked about the rod, that plastic that got to do with the high beam well i didn't know it existed when i replaced my signal/cruise control switch it fell down when i pulled the housing cover to replace it, Now its getting on my nerve i can't put back in i tried greasing it to stick on the housing cover thing but that wont work that freaking little piece of crap how the freak do i put it back in

Mike Packard: I appreciate the video.....just did this job!  One thing I did was take the steering rod out and then I had access to all 4 (I had 4 not 3) torkx bolts with the correct socket.  Took just 5 mins. and one bolt under the hood on the steering rod (and knuckle that is in the way) slid out of the way of the bolts.

John Godwin: You did a good job.

asdfgoogle: 11:15

How do I get that off? I took out the two pins and removed the spring..... It's not coming off!!!

Robert Mahan: Awesome video! im gonna wait till i get my new ignition switch before i fix my tilt. Again great video!!

shawn brown: My Suburban has the same problem!!!! Now just to find someone that can do this job without charging me a BUTTLOAD

Ramon Lopez: fix truck

Antonio A.: hmm i did this in a 1991 Chevy 2500 and now brake lights dont come on when i press the brake pedal and the passenger rear blinker doesnt work, front passenger work at a fast paste but rear doesnt come on, the driverside blinkers work fine, im lost

Pamela Savage: hey man thanks a lot u made it simple and with common sense

Nicole McMahan: The rod you were talking about being careful when u disassemble the steering column..how do you reassemble it..I'm ready to put my steering back together..I had to that tilt problem Like u and I'm stuck at the rod idk what to do with it or how to put it back together I never pulled it out its still in there but I'm at a loss

Steven White: Hi Robert your video was very helpful. Considering I just bought my 91 k1500 for work commute. My problem lies in the turn signals. My hazards work and flash properly both outside and in the dash. But using the lever both L/R doesn't indicate anything. None of the lights turn on. But my brake lights do work.
I've replaced both the flasher and turn signal relay. And replaced all fuses under the dash.
So I planned on using your video too get me to the turn signal switch and making sure the connections are good.
Ive also read that making sure its grounded properly. From where am I looking to confirm its grounded?
Any help will be greatly appreciated. 

mike kane: Thanks for the video, Im pretty mechanically inclined but never did more than pull a steering wheel. Im confident with the aide of your video I can do this repair

inkhaven: trying to do this, the piece you are wiggling free at the 11:14 on mine is loose and rotates around without even taking out the pivot pins (which i'm waiting on the remover tool as stores here don't carry it) is that normal?  my tilt column has been loose for a bit and last night it got really messed up and now I also can't start the truck nor do lights work.  and the steering wheel kinda hangs limp.  could the steering column be messing up all the other stuff too.  or am i looking at another problem on top of the tilt wheel.  thanks

Steve Ligeikis: Thanks .. this video really helped

Robert Huggins: Here is a good document that shows the cutaways.


Charles LaRue: to all those who are still having issues getting the top to come loose. I just did this on ine, reinsert the tilt control arm and pull it forewards, it will come loose this way, because its actually connected by 2 large gears on top that are connected to the tilt

Wendoline Urquiza: HI. Robert thanks for the video, helped me a lot but  but I still have the problem with the ignition. can you help me.... 
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