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Was checking my high pressure power steering hose to make sure it wasn't leaking, looked at the frame where the hose runs closest to it & spotted a 1 inch snap ring just lying there. I have no idea where it come from/ where it goes. Does the intermediate steering shaft or steering box have any snap rings associated with them? Thanks.

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The intermediate shaft does not. It's been a while since I was into a steering gear, but I believe you need a spanner wrench for the input, not a snap ring.

External snap ring I assume? I'd think it's more likely you shot one across the garage and that's where it ended up than for one to have come loose on its own laugh

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It's so weird. It looks like one of the snap rings that's used in the upper steering column, but my steering wheel didn't come loose in my hands.

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Could be the snap ring on the Steering Column Lower Bearing.
Look where the linkage comes through the firewall.
This is an upgrade to replace the plastic bushing with a steel bearing kit for better feel; esp after its worn.
Two links:
https://www.dixierestorationdepot.com/Product/Detail.aspx?p=2&s=DM90835
https://www.mikesmontes.com/Reprodu...mn-Bearing-Kit-Free-Shipping_p_3071.html
Also, might be something off of the shift linkage?
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Thanks for the links. The snap ring I found is the style that has the 2 little holes at the ends of it. You need those super thin pliers to install/ remove them. It's a floor shift car, so no shift linkage stuff around the area. When something gets loose/ falls off, I'll know what it was from.

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Any history of A/C clutch/bearing work done on the vehicle???


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No sir. Original unit that's never been touched. That's not to say it's not disintegrating or something. Thoughts?

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Yeah,,, I'm with SickSpeed on this one. Highly unlikely one fell off, although I guess it could have never been seated to begin with. More than likely it's a launching from something else while the hood was up?? Those pistons designed to use snap rings for the piston wrist-pin locks are right at an inch in diameter.

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I saved it & will continue to look around & try to determine where it came from.


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