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Old 08-29-2006, 12:45 PM   #41
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Generally, it is not felt while going straight ahead...just during low speed or stopped turning. It really is an easy fix to take it out. If you're not comfortable doing it, any good shop should be able to do it. If you're replacing it, the part is only available from GM.

If the link to the video in the original post still works, that will give you a good idea of what it sounds like.
this is definitely the problem i'm having now. question: if i call any dealership, will they have a record of whether my int shaft was replaced? i'm seeing a lot of varying information, but i'm wondering if i should try to have it replaced or whether i should simply have it re-lubed. ??
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I'm not 100% sure, but I would think that any dealer can pull up the servicing information on your car provided the repairs were done by GM.

As for repair or replace - that'* a tough call. Some have had some luck with the lube, others have not. Each one that I have serviced had a problem with the top aluminum U-joint, not with the shaft. I'm about 11 months into my 3rd shaft. Each has lasted about a year. We'll see how this one does.

On another 2000 Bonneville, I've managed to get some heavy oil into the top u-joint with a syringe. It had already been serviced once, because the boot under the dash had been cut. So far - no further issues with it.

Edit - While investigating another issue, I found a "new" technical service bulletin that was issued in May of this year. There is now another redesigned shaft. Perhaps they have it right this time? This is the significant information.

Important: The replacement steering intermediate shaft is physically different in appearance than the original. However, the vehicle'* ride performance will not be affected.

Replace the original concentric style steering shaft with P/N 26068295, a Double "D" design. Refer to Intermediate Steering Shaft Replacement in SI.
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I see a plastic boot coming out of the firewall. Is it in there? Also, I see someone metioned that there is a plastic boot inside the car? Where would I access this knukle to lube it? Outside or inside? I thought I had also read somewhere thar they had simply cut slices in the bott and opened it up and lubed? Thanks folks
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That is the lower end of the intermediate shaft that comes out of the lower part of the firewall just about straight down from the master cylinder. That part hasn't been a problem. Take down the hush panel above the driver'* side footwell Looking up, there will be a clear boot, with spring wire running through it, that slides into a black boot farther up. Right about at that point is the upper joint of the intermediate shaft. If there has been any work done on it, the boots will likely already be cut. What has lasted the longest in my experience has been using some plain, old 30 weight motor oil on the joint.
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Thanks for the answer to my Q I'm going to take a look at my Aurora cause that one is pretty bad right now.
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I'm not 100% sure, but I would think that any dealer can pull up the servicing information on your car provided the repairs were done by GM.

As for repair or replace - that'* a tough call. Some have had some luck with the lube, others have not. Each one that I have serviced had a problem with the top aluminum U-joint, not with the shaft. I'm about 11 months into my 3rd shaft. Each has lasted about a year. We'll see how this one does.

On another 2000 Bonneville, I've managed to get some heavy oil into the top u-joint with a syringe. It had already been serviced once, because the boot under the dash had been cut. So far - no further issues with it.

Edit - While investigating another issue, I found a "new" technical service bulletin that was issued in May of this year. There is now another redesigned shaft. Perhaps they have it right this time? This is the significant information.

Important: The replacement steering intermediate shaft is physically different in appearance than the original. However, the vehicle'* ride performance will not be affected.

Replace the original concentric style steering shaft with P/N 26068295, a Double "D" design. Refer to Intermediate Steering Shaft Replacement in SI.
I was thinking of purchasing the shaft from GMPartsDirect and then taking it to my mechanic to have him fix it - figured I could save a few $$. on www.gmpartsdirect.com they have this part number shaft listed for $79.88. It seems obvious to jump on this since most prices I've seen floating around are well over $120, not to mention if you have the dealer/mechanic purchase it for you. Any hesitation from anyone out there or gotcha'* with going this route? Thanks!
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Only a couple of minor gotchas going that way. GMPD makes most of their money with very high shipping costs. Another is that if it craps out in less than a year (hopefully the new one will be better - but it happened to me) GMPD can be a bit of a pain when it comes to warranty claims, and the dealer is less than excited about covering it.
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Only a couple of minor gotchas going that way. GMPD makes most of their money with very high shipping costs. Another is that if it craps out in less than a year (hopefully the new one will be better - but it happened to me) GMPD can be a bit of a pain when it comes to warranty claims, and the dealer is less than excited about covering it.
Does anyone think that this could become a recall with a new part finally being issues vs. workarounds?
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I doubt it... I see it more as a technical bulletin.

Meaning if the customer comes in and complains..they do the fix. Otherwise.. it'* hush hush.
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I doubt it... I see it more as a technical bulletin.

Meaning if the customer comes in and complains..they do the fix. Otherwise.. it'* hush hush.
Thanks. My SSEi is a '01 with 55K miles on it. I bought it used about 1.5 yrs ago with around 31K on it. I have no idea if the previous owner had the I-shaft lubed or replaced before me. Do you think I have a shot at a GM dealer replacing this thing for free? It looks like around a $300 job parts + labor if they don't.
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