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I noticed a roughness in the steering of my '64 220 wagon. It is coming from where the steering column passes through the firewall. All I see is the foam seal (which needs to be replaced), but nothing else. Should there be some type of bushing that keeps the column from rubbing on the metal firewall?

 





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    Maybe your steering column is hanging down because the dash mounting is loose.
    That's what I'd check. You don't say what year your car is or I'd say more.
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    George Downs Bartlesville, Oklahoma

     




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      It's a 1964 220. I have looked closely at the spot where the steering column passes through the firewall. It definately appears that the column is rubbing on the lower part of the hole in the metal firewall. The foam is nothing but a dust. There is very little up and down movement of the column when I try to lift it up and there is no slop in the column or mounting. I did have the steering box and connecting rubber coupling replaced about a year ago.

       




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        The chassis member that holds the steering box is prone to rust behind the box or there might have been a minor collision in the cars past. As you've changed the box you'll know if there was any rust but not about any distortion. However, I'd undo the steering box mounting nuts and see if it will tilt a few degrees and so lift the shaft a bit. Retighten.
        The sponge is just a fume/draught/noise barrier but worth replacing with a similar piece of foam. Something a bit more hardy than the original. A little silicone grease around the shaft will stop squeaks. I make them in 2 layers so that the cuts you make to fit them can be off set 90 or 180 degrees. Add a bit of glue between the layers after fitting but before you replace the clip.

         




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          Thanks Derek! I loosened the bolts holding the steering box and was able to get enough movement to lift the column off the firewall. Now I guess it's time to replace the foam seal.

           




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          A layer of some kinda felt might be good in the seal pad....
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          George Downs Bartlesville, Oklahoma

           




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    Jerry;

    Steering column passes through a hole in the firewall where it should not touch the firewall, but the foam "seal" (held in place by that wire clip) which surrounds it to keep out noise and engine compartment warm air...that foam (if still in place...typically oxidized into dust long ago) hardly has enough body to it to cause any noticeable resistance or "roughness"...I suggest you look again...maybe that foam was replaced with something which has more "body" and is able to exert friction on the shaft...

    Good Hunting!

     




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