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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old Apr 13th, 05, 8:13 PM Thread Starter
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steering column bearing?

Can anyone identify this bearing, it surrounds the steering shaft right in the center of the turn signal device. The car is a 65 chevelle. I need to get a new one, this one has a ton of play in it. Can anyone tell me where to get one?


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post #2 of 46 (permalink) Old Apr 13th, 05, 8:57 PM
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Re: steering column bearing?

Did you remove the screws that hold the bearing in place?
If they are missing that would be the source of alot of slop.
I couldn't tell you where to get a new one.
Your best bet would probably be a junkyard.
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Re: steering column bearing?

if all the balls are there and round...just grease and tighten like any bearing set, i just went through the same deal
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post #4 of 46 (permalink) Old Apr 14th, 05, 12:31 AM
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You can still get that bearing from the dealer.

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post #5 of 46 (permalink) Old Apr 14th, 05, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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Re: steering column bearing?

Yes I do have the screws, I just had taken them out for this pic. When you say 'tighten' the bearing set, do you mean tighten the nut that goes on the end of the steering shaft?

540, do you happen to know the part number? Is it for the bearing or the whole turn signal piece?

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I don't know if the bearings are in a cage but if they are loose yu can buy individual balls at ace hardware,. Jim
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post #7 of 46 (permalink) Old Apr 14th, 05, 1:00 AM
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Re: steering column bearing?

The bearing only, from old post is 5679205. Same as Corvette and Impala.
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Re: steering column bearing?

I do not have part #, but I think that size bearing is very common on most columns. A dealer would be able to help. I made my own column from stainless steel and all new GM guts. I was supprised what was still available.

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post #9 of 46 (permalink) Old Apr 14th, 05, 8:44 AM
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Do you still need the pn# for this bearing? If so I can send it to you, also the lower bearing was not available from the dealer in 2000 when I did my frame off on my 66, if you need that pn# and where to purchase it let me know also. Hope this helps.

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post #10 of 46 (permalink) Old Apr 14th, 05, 9:55 AM
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Re: steering column bearing?

I have rebuilt a number of 64.66 columns.. and it's my understanding the bearing your referring to is part of and molded into the turn signal switch have that be a Guide or BPC switch.. you pre load it with the spring and top nut .


If the top is loose/bad how is your bottom bushings condition ?

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post #11 of 46 (permalink) Old Apr 14th, 05, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Wayne,
So the bearing is not available separately? What spring are you referring to?


Jesse,
Yes please post the part number you used.

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post #12 of 46 (permalink) Old Apr 14th, 05, 1:20 PM
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Re: steering column bearing?

Very interesting... I just posted (like 4-5 minutes ago) in the "Electrical" forum about this very same thing (but for a 66, inquiring if it was part of the signal switch, etc...)

Jesse, I am going to email or PM you...

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post #13 of 46 (permalink) Old Apr 14th, 05, 8:22 PM
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Re: steering column bearing?

These bearing part numbers are 63-65 Corvet.

Steering Column Bearings for 64 & 65 Chevelle available from your Chevrolet dealer

Upper bearing #5679205 cost $12.61

Lower Bearing #7802845 cost $19.12


Thes cost are a couple years old.

This was for my 64 non-tilt. I replaced my old one just for GP. Nothing was wrong, I also thought there was a lot of play but the new one had slop also. It looks like you should add a couple of bearing but that is the way it is. There are 19 bearings.

During the assembly, I remember something touching the edge of the bearing to hold the bearing in place. I am suffering from KRAFT so it is not clear what I did when I put it together a couple of years ago

If you can't find one let me know.

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Re: steering column bearing?

OK guys, Brob is right on the money with the upper bearing PN# 5679205, cost was $9.58 back in 1999. However at that time I was told the lower bearing was discontinued from GM, if that is still the case here is where I got mine from, there is no PN# on their invoice.

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The bearing was a bit pricy but I could not find one, $21.49 including shipping.


Sorry for not posting sooner but I was busy getting the 66 ready for a Car Show tomorrow and went to a Car Club meeting last night.

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post #15 of 46 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 05, 12:47 PM
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Re: steering column bearing?

When you say there is lots of slop in the column are you basing that assessment AFTER you've removed the steering wheel? The canceling cam has a cone shaped nose to it that is pressed into the switch/bearing combo by the spring which is behind the wheel and on top of the cancelling cam. Once the wheel nut is tightened down it's unlikely the bearing will be found to be loose if all the ball bearings are still in the race. Reassemble things once greased before you decide the bearing is loose. Without the cancel cam and spring in place none of it will fit together tightly.
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