What exactly do the grooves in the pot joint
coupling and the steering shaft look like and
how do they fit together? I took the pincher
bolt out and I still can't slide the pot
joint coupling all the way on the steering
shaft. Please help.
With the bolt removed you should be able to slide the pot joint all the way up the steering shaft splines. If you cant, then something else is wrong. Keep in mind that the pot joint slides on the lower shaft, and the column can be moved in or out to get the correct position. There is a bracket on the firewall inside the passenger compartment that holds the column to the fire wall, loosen this up. Also loosen the two bolts that hold the column to the dash.(this will allow you to slide the column into the engine compartment a little)
If you look closely at the bottom of the steering column with the pot joint removed, you will see that it is splined. A section of the splines will appear gouged out. the radius of this gouge should match the radius of the pincher bolt. When correctly installed, the pincher bolt will fill this gouge thus keeping the pot joint from sliding off the column.
[This message has been edited by Clark (edited 07-18-99).]
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