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Tim Heitman

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 4:56 pm    Post subject: Vista tilt wheel Reply to specific post Reply with quote

working on tilt wheel on my vista, the lever on the collor is broke off, I don,t know what is going to turn just the collor or the whole colume. The colume is starting to turn, is that what should happen.
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mikey h.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 5:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Vista tilt wheel Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I had two vistas back in the day, and from memory the column turns as there is a centric on the bottom that pulls the lock pin out of the tilt angle bracket for different positions
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:32 am    Post subject: Re: Vista tilt wheel Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ya, we have three Vistas, the one with a cab always tilts fine, but if you don't keep them inside, they will eventually freeze up. I think if you take the screws out of the molding that holds the corrigated plastic covering on you can get in there and see what's supposed to move. I think the whole thing has to turn. It needs a lot of WD40 if you get it to move some, eventually you should be able to get everything free again. They were famous for locking up over time and usually ended up with the lever broken off, then they would really freeze up without being used for years.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Vista tilt wheel Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Personally I don't think that the number of vistas one owns determines the extent of knowledge... so I won't brag about mine....

The column or jacket as page 95 in the R-2154 Vista repair catalog refers to, should turn. What has likely happened is the lock pin has frozen its sliding hole. You can hope that penetrating oil will fix it, but a lot has failed for me on the terms of hopes and dreams.

Best bet is to maybe pull the dash and pull the steering motor assembly. This can be done by loosening the large tilt bolts on each side of the dash. (Anti-seize these during reassembly). Then go ahead and put the motor in the vice. Go ahead and take out the set screw and lock pin and lift off the column. Then, I would go ahead and take the rest apart to put a seal in the steering motor... but that's just me.

Ask questions and don't break stuff.. not much other than the seal is available!
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