Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Montreal (the city, not the car)
Play in U-jointed steering column on 1973+ GTV and Berlina
At some point during the production of US spec 2000 GTVs and Berlinas, Alfa replaced the integrated steering column with a new column connected to the steering box by an universal joint.
This column has a splined lower section. I believe this was done to provide some sort of impact protection.
My late 1974 2000 GTV has this column and has a problem that is driving me nuts: the steering shaft has a little bit of play near the steering wheel and in some circumstances this causes an audible clunk.
The upper part of the shaft is centered in its support by an amazing bushing. The outer portion is brass, but inside there is a rubber bushing with a steel center sleeve. The shaft is grooved to retain a thrust washer with a snap ring (not shown on picture). The bushing itself rides on a portion of the shaft that is 0.5 mm less in diameter than its steering wheel end. As a result the bushing is captive. Its steel sleeve has a split, obviously to allow it to expand in order to slide over the shaft until it snaps in place, remembering that the leading end of the shaft is tapered. On the way out the change in diameter is not tapered, which makes removal of the bushing a challenge to say the least.
And why remove the bushing... if I don't have a new one to replace it. My local Alfa parts supplier found the part number for the rubber bushing (the brass piece is separate) : 116.00.23.088.00.
I'm trying to find a practical idea to get rid of this clunk...
Last edited by yvesmontreal; 01-15-2014 at 02:39 AM.