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Unread 05-06-2010, 11:31 AM   #1
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Sloppy steering

theres about an inch of play in my steering wheel, i tried to adjust the steering box but it did nothing. i think the play is in the u-joint closest to the steering box on the steering shaft, i went to chrysler to see if they could show what i needed to do to fix it and they wanted me to buy a new shaft for around $450 is there another way i can fix this? im gonna look at local scrapyards today to see if i can get one cheaper. anyone have any idea????

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Unread 05-06-2010, 11:40 AM   #2
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That joint is not repairable. It comes as an assembly with the lower shaft. The steering shaft is in two peices. However, especially in 4 season states/provinces they become fused by rust. It is sometimes very hard to separate them. The fact that they are fused causes the u-joints (particularly the bottom one) to fail early due to frame flex. If you can get your top and bottom shafts separated, I have a good bottom shaft. If not you will have to buy a used replacement (I did this), buy a new one from Crown (cheap crap), buy a performance one from 4WD or Quad for $250, or get the OE.

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Unread 05-06-2010, 12:24 PM   #3
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Check the bearing right above the top u joint, with a bad bearing u will get almost 2 in. of play in the whole column and sloppy steering, i know this because i replaced mine last weekend and it fixed that problem, its like $20 from quadratec for the part and an hr of your time, even if you need a whole new shaft u will need the new bearing, its the lower steering column bearing if you look for the part
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Unread 05-06-2010, 02:15 PM   #4
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X2 The white puck that is at the bottom of the column just above the Ujoint. Its the lower steering column bearing.
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Unread 05-06-2010, 03:46 PM   #5
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I would check the bearing first and see if that takes play out before ******* out the big bucks for a whole new assembly


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