Refresher on the Steering Shaft (U-Joint / Bushing) Clunk
Ok, I just spent over an hour reading through posts on the steering clunk from U-Joint play, or bushing play, in the column ... (Under the dash, inside the firewall)
I do not want to zip tie mine and call it a day... not a 'fix' I'm willing to live with.
What I did not find was a source to the parts.
I can't seem to find a link to the bushing people were talking about buying (and replacing, fixing the issue) - I presume this is mounted to the firewall? (Lots of missing photo links, so sorry I'm not familiar)
I also can't seem to find a link to a replacement U-Joint....
I can't tell if the U-Joint is a replaceable component...
I know the assembly unbolts at the upper side clamp, but don't know if the lower end is the same or if it is fixed to the shaft, and I haven't torn mine apart yet to find out.
I would appreciate it if someone has a link to the u-joint assembly (If available) - or to the bushing... or both...
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The part I have play in is the U-Joint in the top side of the shaft. It clamps to the column assembly with the bolt labeled 90119-08560
I'd like to simply replace the U-Joint... but I'm presuming that the U-Joint assembly doesn't separate from the shaft?
I would also replace the 'bushing' for good measure - but I couldn't find links to the part, and all photo links of that part were broken
There was a lot of info, but no links to parts.... lots of broken photo links... all sort of old posts that are currently dead ends.
Unless I missed something... in which case, sorry...
Essentially I want to find the parts, rather than replacing that entire 45260 shaft assembly (Which I also could not find online)
My bad, I thought 45209 was the piece on top of 45260. The part number you want is 45260-30080 assuming your car was made after 8/1998. If it was made before 8/1998, then its 45260-30060. Parts gonna run about $320 at the dealer.
I had the exact issue, it's the intermediate shaft that is bad, and you can't just replace the joint you have to replace the entire shaft. I bought that new aftermarket shaft that jokester linked to, and it fixed the issue, no more clunking. I had mine installed by my mechanic though, I couldn't figure out how to get the damn thing out.
I guess I'll just have to tear into it and find out lol.. I was hoping to not have to rip it apart to have my head around it and see it all, but I guess I'll have to.
I guess when I do I'll take photos and everything too (Unless I missed something, the existing posts on the subject don't show everything, probably used to, but maybe that's what the broken photo links are lol).
I'll throw a micrometer on the bushing and see if I can source something.
The parts lists don't break down just the bushing. Seems as though at one time there was an aftermarket bushing manufactured for this, but I can't find it... doesn't appear to be available anymore... (Was in some pretty old posts)