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MG MGB GT V8 Factory Originals Technical - steering column

I seem to have a problem. I can pull the steering column (via the steering wheel) about 3 inches towrd the driver from its usual position. I'm pretty sure this isn't normal. It's either new or I didn't notice before. Could it be related to my recent removal and refitting of steering wheel?


If this is a chrome bumper car and it is the whole assembly that is moving - are your upper and lower clamps tight enough?

If the inner part is sliding out then the locking collar at the top might be defunct.

No experience with RB columns I'm afraid.


Something's busted for sure; probably broke the epoxy or whatever it is that holds the inner collapsible column affixed to the outer column, set up like that for safety, of course. Sounds like a dissasembly is in order. Best, Joe
Joe Ullman

Rick, the inner column is fixed in place to the lower column by a plastic moulded piece that has two pins moulded so that they keep the inner column from moving inside the lower part. You have most likely sheared these just like they're supposed to do in an accident. Check the archives, this has been covered in one of the B or midget boards as they all use the same system. Basically you need to remove the column and align the two parts to the original position, then replace the small bits by either drilling out and replacing with some type of plastic pin or using some type of epoxy suitable for use on plastics. As it is the car will still steer correctly but you do run the risk of damaging the turn signal switch as the shaft moves in and out.
Bill Young

I hope I am not too late to help Rick, but here in the UK many garages pop rivet the inner to the outer. They use aluminum rivets so they will shear when needed to.
D M Tetlow

This thread was discussed between 14/09/2006 and 22/09/2006

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