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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-28-06, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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steering column bearing

Hello all,

I noticed yesterday that the steering wheel on my F250 all of a sudden had a lot of vertical play. I took off the plastic casing around the column and took a look with a flashlight. There were plastic shavings and metal filings in the bottom cover when I removed it. It appears that the bearing is gone, hence all the play.

How long a job is it to change the bearing in an F250 column? I do not intend to do it myself, but just want a rough idea so I know if the dealership is trying to rook me or not. I unfortunatley have not had great experiences with him in the past. If anyone has the Ford labour estimate book and can look it up, even better.

Many thanks in advance for any info provided.

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Re: steering column bearing

Replace the entire column with a junkyard unit that has the same tilt wheel and other options. Four bolts hold it in and one pinch bolt to the lower shaft.
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Re: steering column bearing

You don't say what year your 250 is but if you get a column from the junkyard, save yourself some $ and time and make sure you get a key for the ignition.
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Re: steering column bearing

Thanks for the replies guys.

The truck is a '95.

The only hesitation I have with a column from a junkyard is you don't know what you're getting. How do I know it won't pack it in in a month? Especially if it was hit in the front end, the column may have been compromised.

Since posting this I went to the dealer and he said 40 bucks for the bearing and 3 hours labour. That actually sounds reasonable.

If I were to go for a used, and repleace the whole column, is that something I can do on my own? I have tried many things, and am adventurous, but I am not sure if there are any 'tricks' I gotta know before undertaking something like that.

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3 hours @ approx $80.00 per hr = $240.00
Add parts and you are around $300.00 with tax.

Price up a used column and weigh the costs.
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