magine piloting a 4,000-pound Impala down the freeway with
sloppy steering. Now imagine traveling down the boulevard at
35 mph and losing control of the vehicle’s steering. Not a pretty
As much as you shouldn’t drive a vehicle down the street with faulty
brakes, you should never drive a vehicle that you can’t control, so before
you head out of that driveway, make sure your car can handle the pressure.
The steering column is what links the steering wheel and the steering
mechanism of your car, and in short, it’s what gives us the ability to control
our vehicle with safety and precision and one of the most vital components
in your vehicle.
Here are some of the issues that can help you identify a faulty or
weathered steering column:
- Strange Sounds. If you hear clunking, grinding, or squeaking this
should be of concern. Noises will start small and infrequent and get louder
with time, and the cause of the sounds are usually internal.
- Lack of Tilt. If your vehicle is equipped with tilt steering and it does not
lock into place, this definitely signifies a broken component in the column.
- Hard to Turn. The steering column is designed to aid the driver in
maneuvering the vehicle. If it is difficult to turn, this could mean you have
either a buildup of debris or faulty gears in the column.
- Fails to Return to Center. A properly functioning steering column
should return to center without problem. Should it not, that means your
column either needs service or replacement.
If you experience any of the aforementioned problems chances are
you can either get your steering column serviced or replaced. If you’re not
already running a solid unit, we suggest a complete replacement, and who
better for the job than ididit? With 30 years of experience developing and
manufacturing aftermarket steering columns, ididit columns are available
in a multitude of platforms, including telescopic and tilt. In addition, they are
available in a variety of finishes, which include chrome, brushed, or even a
At ididit, their team of engineers create custom products for your
lowrider, hot rod, restomod, or classic, and their catalog of parts include
horn kits, steering wheel adapters, id.PUSH start ignition systems, shift
linkage, cruise control levers, and shift indicators—and that’s just a few of
the products from the company that is “Driven by Quality, Steered by You.”
In this steering column feature we take a classic GM ride from the early
’70s and replace the old “shift column” with a new ididit chrome and tilt
universal “floor shift column.” Installation is as easy as following the
supplied instructions and the final outcome is one that will change your
driving pleasure both mechanically and visually.LR
POWER AND STYLE ARE NOTHING WITHOUT CONTROL
STORY & PHOTOS BY JOE RAY
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