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I've had an ongoing horn issue:hmmmm

The problem is that my steering wheel has slight movement upward/sideways when forced - resulting in the horn sounding or when turning under load.

Here's what I've tried
Replacing two horn kits
Replacing the top bearing
Replacing the entire steering box/shaft from another car, but used the same column because its already painted.

Has anyone had/fixed the same problem?
 

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I've had an ongoing horn issue:hmmmm

The problem is that my steering wheel has slight movement upward/sideways when forced - resulting in the horn sounding or when turning under load.

Here's what I've tried
Replacing two horn kits
Replacing the top bearing
Replacing the entire steering box/shaft from another car, but used the same column because its already painted.

Has anyone had/fixed the same problem?
I would suspect a wiring problem. Since you replaced the top bearing I'd look at the wiring under the dash that leads to the steering column. It must be shorting out under movement of the car.
 

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I've tried both replacing the wire and checking the wiring. It works fine and doesn't cause me an issue, unless I force the steering wheel up or sideways. (The steering wheel has a little movement. Is this normal?
 

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I've tried both replacing the wire and checking the wiring. It works fine and doesn't cause me an issue, unless I force the steering wheel up or sideways. (The steering wheel has a little movement. Is this normal?
Do you have the spring and small split ring installed over the bearing before you put the wheel back on? There should not be much side play in the steering wheel if parts installed correctly. Jim
 

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Okay, the next place to look is the contacts at the top of the column. This http://www.trifive.com/forums/showthread.php?t=64279 shows a 1957 but it should be similar to yours. The important part is the large dished washer. It has to be installed with the curved part up or the horn won't work right - usually it will blow constantly but the looseness in your column makes it intermittant. See the Shop Manual http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/shop/1955/55csm0906.html for how to tighten up and adjust the column parts.
 

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Okay, the next place to look is the contacts at the top of the column. This http://www.trifive.com/forums/showthread.php?t=64279 shows a 1957 but it should be similar to yours. The important part is the large dished washer. It has to be installed with the curved part up or the horn won't work right - usually it will blow constantly but the looseness in your column makes it intermittant. See the Shop Manual http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/shop/1955/55csm0906.html for how to tighten up and adjust the column parts.
Still lost all parts are installed as shown
 

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Just wave next time it sounds :)

As DavidY pointed out in the pics he posted make sure the sequence of parts are in the right order.

While the wheel is off make sure that the posts under it used to cancel the indicators are working
 

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Do the column adjustments as I referenced above. There should be no movement of the upper column parts. This seems to be related to your problem.
 

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I'll go with Dave.
I had the same thing. Make sure the dished contactor is like an upside down saucer. Then play with the 3 plastic insulators and screws until it only works at the right time. It's touchy.
John
 
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