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2001 durango steering shaft
02-19-2012, 12:17 AM
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2001 durango steering shaft
hello!! I have found a sloppy center steering shaft on my durango starts at worn "knuckle" then to a u joint on the center shaft. anyone have this problem? is it hard to replace this shaft?
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02-19-2012, 09:25 PM
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RE: 2001 durango steering shaft
If you are talking about the lower section of the steering column out under the hood I would have to say that's something we don't see as a "wear item" on a regular basis.

Depending on exactly which part is worn and which part can be saved, it's probably not all that hard to do, but I would spend a few minutes with the dealer looking at his diagram to see what's available and how long it will take to order before diving in here. Most often the part that includes the u-joint will come as an assembly and it wont be cheap.

Let us know how you make out.
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02-19-2012, 11:21 PM
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RE: 2001 durango steering shaft
I would like to add one word of caution here. If you are going to unhook any part of the steering column linkage, secure the steering wheel first! I usually make sure that the wheels are pointed straight forward, then lock the column & remove the key. As an added precaution I usually run the seat belt through the wheel and fasten it. Why? Because there is an electrical connection under the steering wheel called a "Clock Spring." If the wheel is left free to spin it will break the clock spring if turned to far. Or, if the wheel is hooked back up in any other position than the original the clock spring can break later while making a sharp turn.

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02-20-2012, 12:56 AM
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RE: 2001 durango steering shaft
Excellent point and I wish I had thought of it!

BTW, the spline connection to the steering gear down below will have a "flat" so you can't bolt it up if you are off a tooth or two. That's the easy part of keeping everything straight.
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02-20-2012, 11:36 PM
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I think that's what makes a good team around here. We all work together.

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