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DIY for Dummies - Int. Steering Shaft *Clunk* pics

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Take out steering bolt

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Seperate the 2 shafts

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Stroke the intermediate steering shaft. Back and forth at a medium pace.

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Do not rotate the steering wheel. a few degrees is OK, just dont spin the dang blasted thig 360

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Bolt back together

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PRESTO no more Clank-Oh

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Stroke the intermediate steering shaft. Back and forth at a medium pace.

 

 

 

PRESTO no more Clank-Oh

 

 

what??? i guees you needed a break while doing the job?? :jester: j.p good info, would this work on a escalade since my moms truck is doing it too.

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Should work on a Escalade as well. I'm glad someone took time to put the pics up. Thank you.

 

 

Dave

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:lol: Funny Adam Sandler reference :thumbs:

 

 

Yea I saw that also...I try to do everything at a medium pace :cheers:

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The only problem is that stroking is only a temporary fix. It will do it again. First GM had us lubing them, then replacing, then oops, the new shafts do it too, OK, let's just lube them again, now they have another new shaft. Will this one fix it? Who knows. I do know it has a plastic bushing of some sort inside. The problem is this, the splines are too wide and too few, years ago we had more splines and they were closer together, no noise. DUH!! I don't know why they just don't go back to the previous design from years back.

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Does anyone know what type of grease they use? Does it have to be any particular kind? I don't see why it would hurt to add a little more grease to the shaft. :dunno:

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Good stuff and great pics. I had my shaft replaced...wait a minute, I had the intermediate STEERING shaft replaced three times before the warranty ran out. I've lubed it several times but I haven't tried this wacking idea yet. My dealer tells me that GM does actually have a fix now, but they want to charge me $225 for it. Not good for customer relations. BTW, anybody have problems with eyesight, hairy palms etc. after doing this fix to their truck? :ughdance:

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I had my steering shaft replaced (the second one) with the newest GM fix P/N 19153614. This is the latest and greatest they claim. It has been in for around 4000 miles and no problems. I was also a month away from going out of warranty and I called Chevrolet and let them know how disappointed I was in the steering shaft problem. I asked for an extended warranty for the whole truck, they didnt go for that :crackup: , so I was pretty determined with them to get a extended part warranty with the steering shaft alone. And they did it! So they gave me 70,000 miles or until 2010 whichever comes first. So at least if it starts to do it again the dealer will replace under warranty.

I have had the "pump the shaft" after my first steering shaft was replaced and it lasted about 2000 miles and started doing it again. With the wider splines on the shaft, that allows the grease to escape, hence more clunking again.

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I have an appointment to get mine checked again on Wed. After reading this post I guess I am looking at 2 or 3 hundred. I should have greased it again.

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i put the latest shaft in my truck a few months ago.... i had no clunk until 10k miles then it started getting bad. since replacing it, i have not had any issues. its been 12k miles since. id say just get the new one. its not going to start clunking again.

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