328 Upper Steering Universal

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  1. Futureman

    Futureman Formula 3

    May 16, 2007
    #1 Futureman, Jul 31, 2008
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 7, 2017
    Any tips for removing the upper steering universal. It seems to have some play in it and I have a used replacement ready to install.
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  3. fastradio

    fastradio F1 Rookie
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    Pretty straightforward:

    Remove key to lock steering column in place

    -1) Loosen large "clamping" nut on steering column extension (visbile in photo background)
    -1a) Insert key to allow column to turn to gain access to u-joint nuts
    -2) Remove both pinch bolts on the u-joint...and drive thru steering shaft to remove
    -3) Turn steering wheel to center position and remove ignition key (this will keep the wheel and the rack in proper orientation)
    -4) With a brass drift, drive the flange (on the column extension) below the upper u-joint down
    -5) Once the column extention "falls away", drive the upper u-joint flange down

  4. 350HPMondial

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    You have to pull the motor.

  5. Steve Magnusson

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    #4 Steve Magnusson, Jul 31, 2008
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 7, 2017
    I fear that Edwardo's description is closer to the mark on this one, because your 328 uses a different design (headless tapered self-locking bolts) than what David described in his procedure step 2 (pinch bolts).

    IME, you'll have to remove a chunk of the steeing column assembly from the car, and even then you'll probably need new tapered pins as getting the old ones out without damage is very difficult.
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  6. Futureman

    Futureman Formula 3

    May 16, 2007
    Yeah, the tapered pins is what had me stumped on this. I have a partial column from a 308 that uses the same universal and getting those pins out was a major pain (and yes, I damaged them). On top of that, Ricambi shows a price of $70 each (if I remember correctly) for those stupid little pins.
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