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Old 11-28-2021, 12:47 PM   #71
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Yeah it can be a bitch to get back on because the ends arenít perfectly in line so it binds. A c-clamp to snug up that bracket would help the bolt line up better.


If the brake torx screws are loose does it help in adjusting the bracket and removing the bolt ??

My steering column is hanglint with the 2 bolts on the chassis as the bolt won't go in HELP
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Old 11-28-2021, 04:55 PM   #72
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If the brake torx screws are loose does it help in adjusting the bracket and removing the bolt ??

My steering column is hanglint with the 2 bolts on the chassis as the bolt won't go in HELP

I havenít touched this area of the car in over a year (or when ever I made the DIY). I canít recall exactly how itís laid out. I didnít mess with anything that I didnít put in the DIY. I do recall it being hard to get back in because the bracket doesnít line up that easily. What ever you do, donít force it because it will end up cross threaded.

You could try loosening the torx you speak of but I canít say if it would or would not help as I didnít touch that. Canít hurt to try. Sorry I canít offer much else. Maybe someone thatís donít the job more recently would be more helpful. I turned 45 on Friday, the memory isnít what it used to be. Hahaha
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Old 11-29-2021, 12:41 AM   #73
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I havenít touched this area of the car in over a year (or when ever I made the DIY). I canít recall exactly how itís laid out. I didnít mess with anything that I didnít put in the DIY. I do recall it being hard to get back in because the bracket doesnít line up that easily. What ever you do, donít force it because it will end up cross threaded.

You could try loosening the torx you speak of but I canít say if it would or would not help as I didnít touch that. Canít hurt to try. Sorry I canít offer much else. Maybe someone thatís donít the job more recently would be more helpful. I turned 45 on Friday, the memory isnít what it used to be. Hahaha


That's okay I will try my luck. Thank you for all your contribution and Happy Belated Birthday
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This was not nearly as bad a repair as some of the other people experienced. I am 60 years old and it took about an hour and only because it is a pain in the butt to get under the dash and also get both hands up where need be. I had no problem getting the 14mm bolt all the way out or back in, unlike others. Once lying upside down under the dash I simply used a ball peen hammer to lift the electric motor while I hand started the 14mm bolt.Then switched to a 3/8 drive ratchet with 3 inch extension and short 14mm socket to tighten the bolt. Could probably do the job again in 30 minutes
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Old 12-30-2021, 09:28 AM   #75
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I have a rattle in my 86 but sadly (because I want to find the rattle!!) this wasn't my problem. I have done a video on the repair process that should help others. As I didn't have a disintegrated bushing I used one of ermax's pictures to show a failed bush/damper and acknowledged the source of the pic in the video - hope that's OK ermax :0)

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Old 01-05-2022, 11:58 PM   #76
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2015 FR-S with only 31K miles

My goodness, I had been living with the rattle for a while thinking it was because I had popped off part of the grill and needed to take the bumper off to pop the clips back in. I finally got around to fixing the bumper and the sound was still there. Dealership wanted $1K to replace the drive shaft.

31K miles on this car. and the rattle started maybe 3-4K miles ago... I don't drive it aggressively or anything. But there has been tons of road construction around me in the last couple years, so lots of driving on those half-paved roads. I don't know if that killed it faster.

Then I found this forum. Thanks so much ermax.
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Using a wrench to pull out the bottom bolt while wiggling really made it super quick to do. I used a 13mm open ended wrench to hook under the bolt head.
I did this all mostly while keeping the 14MM nuts at the top basically at their lowest level. This supported the steering column but gave me wiggle room. Pushing on the Power Steering motor while pushing with the wrench popped the bolt out in a few seconds.

To get the blasted bolt back in, I never really got it fully threaded until I started the car and wiggled the steering wheel while lying in the footwell. With the power steering engaged it really does a good job of wiggling everything down there with little effort. (Maybe working on the car with the engine running is unwise. I'm not recommending anyone try it)

I'm pretty pleased I was able to complete the job, as I have some disability issues with my shoulders.

The good news is my rattle is gone!

Tomorrow I'll probably drive by the dealer to show them what I have found. Doesn't hurt right? They wanted $750 for the drive shaft part alone...

I also have lots of dashcam footage that includes the rattle sound if anyone wants I can post that as well. Mine was getting really bad.
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ok, thanks for this writeup its excellent. Also some of the others who have added to it.

2 things. How long do we expect the factory ones to last?

and secondly, what a shitty design...
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ok, thanks for this writeup its excellent. Also some of the others who have added to it.

2 things. How long do we expect the factory ones to last?

and secondly, what a shitty design...
From reading as many posts as I can read on this, it seems likely that the longevity of that part is dependent on the bumpiness of the roads you drive on. Mine only lasted 30K miles. It seems like the first to report this issue were people in the Philippines and other places with less smooth roads. Looks like you have a 2020, maybe you have an upgraded part? (we can always hope!)
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Thank you so much for making this thread, was much easier to do than first anticipated.
Also Peter's video helped quite a bit too.
Finally got rid of the damn rattle that's been haunting me for two years!


Where i live, they quoted me 7.2K in my currency (4K USD) to change the whole EPSM and that doesn't include labor.. to have it fixed with the 3$ damper and 2 hour elbow grease thanks to this thread.


I can see many struggled with the 14mm bolt when they reinstall it because they twist the column and bend the bracket and that's usually where they cross thread it.. i just left the 2 14mm nut loosened but in place and slowly lowered and moved the column, that allowed the annoying 14mm nut to be easily removed and reinstalled.
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I recently replaced mine and had to fight to get the bolt out and back in as well. I have a manual so I am not sure if the people who are having less of a fight have auto's or not. I ended up taking the bolt and grinding a flat onto the base of the bolt head. This allowed me to get the bolt back in and out of the bracket and clear the brake pedal assembly easily.
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