In addition,...IF... the pinch-bolt has been loose for a (long) period of
time, the splines will be 'rounded' (severely worn).
Grants Pass, Oregon
On Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 7:03 PM, Frank <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Peter Caldwell wrote:
>> Pants-filling feeling, isn't it?
>> I had it happen to me, but it was the pinch bolt at the lower end of the
>> column to the rack's pinion. The bolt fits in a groove in the pinion shaft.
>> The bolt pinches the split column tube with its splines onto the pinion
>> shaft which is also splined. The pinch bolt had worn enough that it allowed
>> the column to pull out.
>> Check those bolts! Better yet, replace them with a hardened bolt.
>> What Peter said!
> Check that bolt at every oil change or twice a year.
> And I mean check it. Not just look at it, put a wrench on it (7/16) make
> sure it's tight.
> Pull it out once a year and look at it.
> I know of a few Spridgets where this bolt came loose, it hits the frame and
> the car does not steer.
> Frank Clarici
> Toms River, NJ
> My own Fleet of Sprites
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