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'05 steering clunk upper intermediate steering shaft


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I have the dreaded steering clunk in my 05 Silverado HO with about 56,000 one-owner miles. Ordered a new shaft from GM Parts Direct. The new shaft has some sort of clip in the hollow end. This clip is not symmetrical. It's orientation is different if you rotate it 180 degrees. I have seen this referred to as a "stabilizer clip". It is part number 19329330.

 

To any GM techs out there, is there a correct orientation for this clip when installing this new shaft? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Thanks for the reply mctwist77. Yes, I think the actual installation is pretty straight-forward. It's the orientation of the shaft with this so-called "stabilizer clip" that I am questioning. It may not be important at all, but GM put it in there for a reason. Thanks again.

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I recently replaced my steering shaft and steering column bearing. The steering column bearing is very simple to replace so you might as well go ahead while your under there. It tightened up the steering significantly and I no longer have any clunk and minimal play.

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Thanks for the reply Distracted. I have been thinking about that. Read that it is kind of tough to remove the bearing. It's actually a plastic bushing isn't it? Was it difficult for you to remove yours? Did you install GM shaft and bearing? Did I your shaft have this "stabilizer clip" that I mentioned?

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I was under the impression that it was going to be a PITA to remove but it came out pretty easy. Installing the new one was just as simple. I did purchase GM parts. It did have the stabilizer clip. I didn't really place much tought into it. I just removed the old one and put in the new one.

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