Step-By-Step Guide to Install your Steering Shaft Coupling Kit
If you've owned your vehicle for a couple of years already, it is inevitable that some of its components are up for replacement. One of these is the steering shaft coupling kit. When this part fails, you will experience extreme vibrations coming from your steering wheel. This can cause you steering problems that can lead to accidents. It is important that you replace this part immediately. You can always do it on your own, using the right tools and this step-by-step guide.
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Oil or grease
- Small hammer
- Steering shaft coupling kit
Step 1: Remove the intermediate steering shaft by loosening the steering gear box from its mount. You can also go under your dash and loosen the steering column. Remove the bolts at the clamps completely.
Step 2: Replace the lower steering column bearing set by removing the retaining snap ring followed by the end cap. Do this carefully and avoid bending the steering shaft guide tube.
Step 3: Remove the bearing and race using a gear puller, especially if it has already succumbed to rust buildup. You can use some oil to lubricate it.
Step 4: Apply some grease to the shaft where the new bearing will be placed. Snap the bearing into the race and slide it over the shaft. Push it forward until its slots align with the slots in the steering column. Seat them firmly.
Step 5: Install your new end cap and tap it on using a small hammer. Replace the snap ring.
Step 6: Remove the split ring at the top of the boot using a pliers and slide it forward. Pry out the internal snap ring that holds the boot to the coupling.
Step 7: Pull the assembly apart. Clean it from grease or dirt. Pull the two nuts at the end of the shaft.
Step 8: Drill an appropriately sized hole through the inner shaft using the outer shaft's existing hole. This is to ensure that the shafts will stay in place.
Step 9: Press the new square guides onto the pins. They should not be loose enough because they might fall off.
Step 10: Load up the inside bottom of the gear coupling with grease. Put the shaft carefully down into coupling. Top it off with grease again.
Step 11: Slide the boot down on top and replace the internal snap ring. Slide the top snap over the top of the boot.
Step 12: Reassemble the couplers back into the steering box and shaft. Do not reinstall the bolts yet. Make sure all the notches are lined up.
Step 13: Tighten down all the bolts including the steering gear box. You can use some Loctite on these bolts but not on the splines. While you're at it, you may want to put some oil into the U-joint.
Check all your connections and you are good to go. It would take you about two hours to finish the installation. Make it a point to check your steering shaft every year for signs of wear and tear. Replace it immediately to avoid experiencing steering problems.