Is there a knack for removing the upper steering column from the lower?

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Is there a knack for removing the upper steering column from the lower?

As above really.  I've undone the clamp and grub screw etc, but they are firmly stuck together.  Should they just pull apart or have I missed something?

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The upper steering column is held in place by 2 rubber bushes with lugs on. It needs a short sharp tug with both hands whil sitting in the seat (Just be careful as they are plenty of stories of people with a steering wheel implanted onto their face!)or ratchet strap on the roll bar.

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The rubber bush is static & is not part of the upper column so I cannot see how it would create stiction unless the locking lugs have broken & everything is rotating as a stuck together assembly.

Spraying WD40 or Silicone down into the column should ease the problem.

 

 

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I hope so - it's a bit late for #2's approach.  The steering rack is out and the rest of the column is hanging free...maybe I should just pop the rack back in...?

 

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Well you have got that far why 'spoil the ship for a ha'poth of tar'?

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Please could you add a close-up of where the two parts are currently attached.

Thanks

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Here it is:

I may try a few gentle taps down towards the front on the lip on the lower column.  If not, then I guess I'll have to put the rack back on.  Rain has stopped play however...

Currently soaking in plusgas...

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Thanks.

Soaking in PlusGas before the next assault sounds right to me. 

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Actually - I've just realised that I do not need to split it - I've just withdrawn the whole column out through the bush on the dash.  Thanks for the help though...Whistle

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Comment about using heat deleted!

... or possibly not. I'd still separate them, and heating's going to be a lot easier with the column out of the rubber sleeve.

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Cheers.  I was thinking of taking the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" approach.  Out of interest why would you still split?  Is there something I should be considering during my rebuild?