Got the shaft lubed. A couple of snags but the noise is gone
...for the time being that is
Thought the bolt on the upper joint needed to have a wrench on it too but it does not--just the nut. After we got that figured out, everything went well. Just takes some time because of the space restrictions. I'm 6'-5" so it was not a lot of fun getting under my dash.
As a side note, the upper u-joint did seem to bind a lot more than the lower and I know some people think this might be the cause. I can't say for sure as there is no way to tell since I lubed both the upper joint and the shaft. I used WD-40 on the upper joint and let that work its way in, then followed it up with heavy-duty bearing grease, which I also used on the shaft splines. Doesn't appear necessary to buy the kit from GM. I did not lube the lower u-joint as it was fine.
I'd say any average shadetree could do this. A lot easier with a buddy however. Any questions, feel free.
PIC BELOW--The lower u-joint with clear rubber boot slid up and out of the way. 11 mm socket for this one. Took this pinch bolt out first before moving inside the car to do the upper u-joint.
PIC BELOW--Upper u-joint--Make a couple/three slits in the black rubber boot underneath the steering column to gain access to the nut on the upper u-joint. You'll have to remove the plastic dash piece under your steering column to get to this--two screws and one interior light connection to remove.
PIC BELOW--upper u-joint bolt with nut already removed--13mm wrench for this one. You DO NOT need a wrench on the bolt to keep it from spinning when loosening the nut. Its' got a bracket on it that will keep it from spinning. This part is a little hairy just because it'* hard to get to and tires you out pretty quick with the space constraints. As you can see, I cut really large slits to make access easier. Duct tape it back up when you're done.
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