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Re: Nut At The End Of The Steering Column (Alignment made simple)

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Subject: Re: Nut At The End Of The Steering Column (Alignment made simple)
From: Shel Bercovich <>
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 21:13:17 -0700 (MST)
Whoa! Easy does it. :-) If I may suggest: Using a ratchet to "break" any 
nut or bolt is dangerous, first to the ratchet, and second to the hands 
that hold it. Remember, all you've got in a ratchet is one little 
1/8th"-wide, 1/16th"-deep tooth holding all the pressure you're trying to 
put on it.

A standard 12 pt socket on a 1/2 " drive _swing-handle_ - not a ratchet -
is all that is needed for a B steering wheel nut (unless it's frozen 
on, in which case an impact gun will be needed). A 6 pt socket would be 
better, but some sets don't come with them. Can't remember the exact 
size, but I don't believe it's beyond the range of my 28 year old import 
1/2" socket set (which goes up to 13/16").
Shel Bercovich                           "Come Ride   \/                      with Us     /\
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On Fri, 22 Dec 1995, James Fischer wrote:
>     The "Nut At The End Of The Sterring Column" is not too hard to
>     remove, IF one buys a proper HEX socket for that size nut.  
>     A hex socket, NOT a 12-point is the key.
>     The proper socket is a big deep fellow, and is most likely a
>     1/2" drive socket.  You need not buy a 1/2" drive wrench, as
>     adapters that plug onto a (more standard) 3/8" ratchet wrench
>     are available for the 1/2" drive sockets.

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