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i dont know what its called, dont know what it does, just noticed the boot on the intermediate steering shaft is rip open.

what is this called?
how critical is the repairs to be made?
will my steering shaft fail?
how do i get to it? thanks.



 
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I've had the same problem for over 20,000 miles and 18 months. No steering problems yet. Curious as to what others have to say on this.
 
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Well.. The boot is there for a reason. It serves some purpose. I suspose the shaft might wear quicker at that joint when it is busted.
 
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Inside that boot is a Universal Joint. The boot serves to keep dirt and moisture out, so the Joint doesn't wear prematurely. Maybe you can get an Intermediate Shaft(IS) w/Boot at a local junkyard. Steering Box must be removed to change out that IS.
Edit Add: Juryrig option...Peel back Boot, and with good flashlight, check Joint for cleanliness & grease. Also check for excess play. If Joint is fairly clean & has no excess play, surround Joint with some Wheel Bearing Grease, then get Boot back to its position as per your pics. Then, using Saran Wrap or equiv., wrap Boot a couple of turns . Use Nylon Wire Ties to seal wrap on IS and Boot Housing. Not attractive, but effective in keeping out elements!
 
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good suggestion, LarryCigar, if the joint has movement, it may be time for a new shaft.
 
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don't buy an intermediate shaft at a junk yard.
buy a new I shaft, and your steering will be much tighter.

it was a MAJOR difference when I did mine. felt like a NEW car all over again.
 
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I don't agree with LarrySS, even though same first name. I've been browsing, buying, & saving tons of $$ for forty years, with SELECTIVE purchases' at boneyards. With a boneyard purchase, on a part like this, you're looking for two things;(A)Boot is not torn and,(B)No excess play in UJ
! Edit Add: Make(B)NO Play in UJ!
 
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BTW, great pics of that Steering Shaft! Wish I had a Digital Camera
 
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thanks, Larry, its a basic 3.2 meg sony-cam ive
had for years.. since im new to b-bodies, pics help
the steepen the learning curve. :D

as of now, i havent been able to check for any
movement in the joints. ill try to get some help
this weekend.

btw my moms got this 4 meg nikon 4300 coolpix for
$320 + shipping! now shes killing my inbox with
huge pics.
 
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