Intermediate Steering Shaft Lube Procedure
cures knocking felt through steering wheel
reference GM bulletin #00-02-30-003C
- needle nose pliers
- 15 mm wrench
- GM kit #26098419
Step 1: Start with the front wheels straight ahead and the column locked, if equipped. Remove nut with 15 mm wrench at steering shaft under dash.
Step 2: Disconnect shaft by pushing towards firewall.
Step 3: Remove bolt on steering shaft under the hood.
Step 4: Disconnect shaft and push towards firewall.
Step 5: Pull shaft out from inside cab.
Note: The procedure to lube the shaft is described, in detail, in the instructions that come with the kit.
Step 6: Remove the spacer with needle nose pliers.
Step 7: Squirt all the grease from the kit into the end of the shaft, try not to get any on the sides at the top or it will be hard to keep the stopper from slipping out under pressure.
Step 8: After installing the stopper into the end of the shaft, place the u-joint at 90 deg. and press against a hard surface.
Step 9: Pull the shaft out to full travel and make sure there is at least 1/2" of grease protruding.
Step 10: Spread the spacer out a little with snapring pliers or by carefully pulling your needle nose pliers.
Step 11: Tap the spacer into the end of the shaft untill it is 1/4" from the end.
Step 12: Reinstall the shaft by pushing it back through the hole from the cab. Tighten the upper nut to 35 lb ft and the lower bolt to 37 lb ft.