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Unread 12-31-2010, 10:30 AM   #1
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How to replace a lower steering shaft and bearing with epic pics

the bearing for my steering shaft and the shaft itself are shot. they had been going for a while, and then the other day after i beat the piss out of it in the snow the bearing fell off, the steering wheel was bouncing up an down, what an experience



if you are unsure if your steering shaft is bad, grab it and shake it, if it moves around the bearing is shot. when you twist the shaft check for play in the joints at the top an bottom of it.

this is the new shaft quadratec sent me, 109$ list


personally i think all crown automotive parts are junk, so i was a little let down when they sent me a crown shaft.

it should be assumed i used a lot of pb blaster on every thing i removed

first there are 4 bolts holding your steering box to the frame

the bottom two bolts (in the picture one of them is still in) go through a bracket that is bolted to the frame. on the firewall side bolt i ended up having to grind the bolt head off that goes into the frame in the bracket. it rusted an broke out inside.

after you have those bolts out you can lower the steering box a little, i supported mine with a jack stand.

you cant tell from the pics, but i ended up removing my washer fluid and coolant reservoir bottles

next your going to remove the bolt for the upper clamp on the steering shaft




next you remove the bolt for the lower clamp



once thats done you have to work the shaft off the upper shaft and the steering box, i say work cause it'll be seized on there. i used a pry bar and a hammer to spread the clamps open wider. i got it off the steering box first, and then was able to just hammer the shaft off the upper shaft.



that picture shows where my old bearing slid down and out of place

here is the new bearing kit



next you remove the old bearing assembly, first the ring comes off with a screw driver, then the outer metal case, the bearing, and the plastic ring.



just put the new parts back in the same way, first the plastic piece and the bearing



and then you just put on the metal cap piece and lock that in with the metal ring. after that just slide the new shaft on.



i put a lil weld on mine to really lock it in place, thats probably unnecessary though i just had a buzz going an thought it was a good idea. regardless once you slide the shaft back on you just tighten down the clamp bolts and re install the steering box.

and thats it, its fairly easy i'd say, my steering feels amazing. i was going to replace the steering box too, but i may not now since this eliminated 85% of my steering play.

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Unread 12-31-2010, 10:42 AM   #2
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Good write up
So far the only thing that is starting to go on mine is the unit bearing on the driver side. Not looking forward to that fix.
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Good job, Your write-up will be most helpful to many.
Next time throw your Quadratec book in the garbage and save some money. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/87-95...Q5fAccessories

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Very nice write up!
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Good job, Your write-up will be most helpful to many.
Next time throw your Quadratec book in the garbage and save some money. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/87-95...Q5fAccessories

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i like to only use new parts if i have the money to, im bitter towards junk yard parts from dealing with so many rusted and rotted out parts for so long. if i could do it again i would definitely spend the extra money on a HD shaft or a mopar one.
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intermediate steering shaft replacement

Nice write up. I'm changing my steering gera box and having a tough time reinstalling the intermediate shaft. Is it supposed to expand and collapse? Mine seems to be frozen. This makes connecting to the top and bottom almost impossible!!! Argh!! If it would colapse and then expand it would work I think. Any ideas?
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David, the shaft will collapse. I suggest spraying PB Blaster down into the sliding part and then working it in and out. You also "lightly" tap the shaft with a rubber hammer to get it sliding. The key word is lightly. Keep working it and use lots of Blaster. It will work loose, then grease it. Reinstall. Done.
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Thanks a bunch Flajeeper1. I'll keep after it!
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Nice. Couple things to add.

The bolts on the end clamps of the steering shaft have to come all the way out; there is a notch on the shaft so just loosening it won't let the shaft come off.

It's pretty common for the upper bearing to fall apart and the inner race to get stuck on the shaft. Just dremel a groove across it and it will come right off.


If you are replacing the shaft there is no reason to unbolt the steering box, just cut the old one in half with a sawzall.

The new shafts come collapsed and there is some sort of waxy grease inside that makes them a pita to slide out but it will come if you pull it hard enough.
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Nice. Couple things to add.

The bolts on the end clamps of the steering shaft have to come all the way out; there is a notch on the shaft so just loosening it won't let the shaft come off.

It's pretty common for the upper bearing to fall apart and the inner race to get stuck on the shaft. Just dremel a groove across it and it will come right off.


If you are replacing the shaft there is no reason to unbolt the steering box, just cut the old one in half with a sawzall.

The new shafts come collapsed and there is some sort of waxy grease inside that makes them a pita to slide out but it will come if you pull it hard enough.
JBolty, Are you talking about the lower bearing in the steering column just above the intermediate shaft?

weldeng449. JBolty's post reminds me to tell you to look at the lower bearing in the upper steering column just above where the intermediate shaft connects. These bearings are not sealed and have a tendency to go bad when they get mud or dirt in them.
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JBolty, Are you talking about the lower bearing in the steering column just above the intermediate shaft?

weldeng449. JBolty's post reminds me to tell you to look at the lower bearing in the upper steering column just above where the intermediate shaft connects. These bearings are not sealed and have a tendency to go bad when they get mud or dirt in them.
Yep, that's the one he's replacing.

You can find the replacement kits for < $20 on Amazon.
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My Bad i somehow skipped through the thread and didn't see the pics on the bearing.....
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Excellent write up. I'll be doing this Friday. Hope all goes well. Is dropping the steering box truly necessary?
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Excellent write up. I'll be doing this Friday. Hope all goes well. Is dropping the steering box truly necessary?
It is pointed out above a couple of time you do not have to drop the steering box.
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It is pointed out exactly one time, but thank you for your answer.
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