Steering shaft feels like it is catching and makes pop noise
Have a 2000 SE. I took the upper u-joint boot down covering the intermediate shaft and did a full lube job of the shaft without taking it out....pb, white grease, and motor oil. Didn't fix the problem, which feels like a catching of the shaft while turning the wheel and then it kinda feels like it pops and makes a light popping noise as well.
I don't think that upper u joint is working right. The noise kind of originates above the intermediate shaft, but it feels like the catching cauing the tension on the steering linkage is coming from the upper u joint on the shaft.
Do you think it would be worthwhile taking the shaft out and and freeing it up if it is bound up, and doing a complete lube job? Or is just getting the re-engineered shaft off gmdirect the better route? Or might there be something wrong from the steering wheel linkage down to the intermediate shaft? I wd-40d that to no avail, and that part doesn't feel loose anywhere either. I took the steering wheel cowling off to check as well and nothing seemed amiss.
This problem sure is annoying, makes the car feel cheap.