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Offline TimL

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Steering Column / Gear Selector rattle
« on: February 12, 2018, 08:21:27 PM »
Hi All,

My '59 has a rattle in the steering column, coming from the gear selector.  My '60 Cadillac had exactly the same problem.

It rattles when you run over small corrugations (as commonly found on Melbourne tram lines), and it will often do it if the engine idles at a certain rpm.  I can also reproduce the sound by moving the selector up and down quickly.  I am not sure if it is coming from the linkages or the transmission selector gates.

Does anyone else have this issue, and more importantly can you give me an idea how I can eliminate it?  It really detracts from the beauty of driving the car.  :-(

Offline TimL

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Re: Steering Column / Gear Selector rattle
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2018, 07:13:03 PM »
Nobody has this problem?

Offline Bruce Reynolds

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Re: Steering Column / Gear Selector rattle
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2018, 08:30:56 PM »
Never happened with my '60 CDV, but that was RHD.

Any rattling could be from a worn out upper or lower bearing in the column, or even a loose shift link.

If you hold the gear selector with your hand, does the rattle stop?

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Re: Steering Column / Gear Selector rattle
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2018, 08:40:15 PM »
Hi bruce,

Yep, holding the selector lever stops it.  If I grab the selector ring which the gear lever is attached to and rotate it I can replicate the rattle.

I was hoping to find out if the problem is worn gates at the top of the column or somewhere lower (i.e.linkages or transmission selector).