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  • Column Pull/Lift

    Looking for input on pulling a steering column on a front wheel drive car instead of rolling or lifting the dash (no access to both sides of the vehicle with the driver pinned under the wheel).

    I was told long ago by some "instructor", that we were to never pull the column on a front wheel drive car as it WILL snapp off and hit the driver.

    I have been experimenting and have yet to snap off the columns by doing a pull.

    Other experiences?

    Thanks!
    Daniel Furseth
    DeForest (WI)
    Safe And Fast Extrication, Inc.
    www.besafeinc.org

    "Extrication is like jazz. Improvisation based on fundamentals"

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    Deja Vue

    Dan, here's a link from the archives to a discussion from September 2002 on this topic. Some good info from both sides of the fence.
    Anybody have any more/new info??

    http://cms.firehouse.com/forums2/sho...9&pagenumber=1

    I've got more photos for you on the CD.

    KevinW (formerly kbud)

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    • #3
      Kevin,
      My memory must be going as I forgot all about that thread on the topic last year.

      No need to open that topic back up. THANKS!!

      I'll try and get you that CD next week of pics and our Powerpoint.

      Daniel Furseth
      Daniel Furseth
      DeForest (WI)
      Safe And Fast Extrication, Inc.
      www.besafeinc.org

      "Extrication is like jazz. Improvisation based on fundamentals"

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      • #4
        Pulling FWD columns

        Df,If you read the threads you'll know I'm not an advocate of pulling columns.If you use discretion I believe you CAN pull one however I'll try cutting the ring and other methods first.I have,for educational purposes, "exploded" several columns.Depending on vehicle branding some come apart quicker than others.One needs to do their own research along with the good advice you can find here.Like all rescue methods there is a time and place for each.Choose wisely and train/experiment often.Not only will it better prepare your team,it will allow you to add/delete "tools" from your "toolbox".The auto industry changes daily,it is hard to keep up and with the slow flow of mfg. info even harder to separate good ideas from bad.Ron's book is an excellent foundation from which to build your system but as good as it is it still doesn't have all the answers.T.C.

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        • #5
          Your right about not pulling the column. Removing the steering wheel ring will in most cases give you enough room to remove the patient. It sounds like your case may have been a little different. You could place a ram under the dash for a vertical lift take care in this that the bottom would has to be suported by a plate or cibbing to keep the ram from punching through the floor pan. You will not be able to do a complete dash roll but it will allow enough room to remove the patient. Don't forget to lay the seat back or remove it too.

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