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    I have my steering column out of the car. I want to check everything out. Grease, etc. In the manual it says bearings can be serviced where the circlip is. The bottom column slid right out. Up top where the circlip is (steering wheel end) seems to be stuck. I don't want to force anything. Any info or help? 71 240Z Yhank you very much, TimsZ

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    I don't think you're "really" supposed to mess with it. That said:

    Start with this:


    Slide the mount off exposing three screws that hold upper half to lower half:




    Take out three screws and separate upper and lower:


    This is the steering wheel end with retainer clip still installed:


    Pull off the steering wheel taper shoes and the retainer clip:


    Once you remove the retainer clip, the upper shaft comes out the bottom end of the housing. The spring will probably push it out, but it might require some gentle persuasion in addition to the spring:


    Tap the bearings out of the housing if you dare. There is one at the top and one at the bottom:


    Bearing disassembled:


    There are thirty balls in the bearings so you can count what you have to make sure you didn't drop any:

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    That's definitely very good information. I might not be the only one with shaft play in my steering column.
    Thanks!
    Matt - 72' 240z

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    One thing that I forgot to point out is that the process and pics above are for 240 only. In 74 they changed the column design and I've not taken one of the newer "steel ball" styles apart.

    I'd love to mess with a new one (since that's what I have in my 77) but since the only one I have is on my car, I can't take risks with it without a backup plan.

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    Thank you very much. I didn't know the middle part came apart. TimsZ

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