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How to Replace Intermediate Steering Shaft 99-06 Chevy Silverado

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  1. step : Removing the Upper Steering Shaft (0:37)
    • Remove the 15mm bolt that connects the upper steering shaft to the lower steering shaft
    • Remove the 15mm bolt from the top of the steering shaft
    • Pull the steering shaft loose at each end
    • Pull the steering shaft out from inside the cabin
  2. step : Installing the New Upper Steering Shaft (2:07)
    • Check that the new upper steering shaft fits into the lower steering shaft
    • Feed the steering shaft into place from inside the cabin
    • Apply grease to the bottom of the upper steering shaft
    • Push the upper steering shaft into the lower steering shaft, using needle nose pliers
    • Insert the 15mm bolt that connects the upper and lower steering shafts
    • Tighten the 15mm bolt to 37 foot-pounds of torque
    • Pull the upper steering shaft into place inside the cabin
    • Push the 15mm bolt into the top of the steering shaft
    • Put the key into the ignition
    • Turn the steering wheel so that the bolt end is facing down
    • Fasten the 15mm nut onto the 15mm bolt
    • Tighten the 15mm nut to 35 foot-pounds

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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and, please, next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com.

In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the upper steering shaft on this 2002 Chevy Suburban and it's the same part and similar process on these Suburbans from 2000 to 2006. The items you'll need for this are a new upper steering shaft from 1AAuto.com, 15 millimeter socket and ratchet, 15 millimeter wrench, torque wrench and grease.

Start off by removing this 15 millimeter bolt right here on the steering shaft. You can see, Mike uses a wrench to break it free, but then, what you want to do is put the wrench on one side and the socket and ratchet on the other and just remove that bolt the rest of the way. Now just above the gas pedal and brake pedal, you'll see the other end of the steering shaft and you want to just remove this 15 millimeter bolt right here. Now, we'll fast forward as Mike does this and you can see he's just using the wrench on this part. That's really the easiest way to do this. Now pull the bolt free. Then, pull the steering shaft free, and then pull this end free. Then, go back inside the vehicle and then just pull it out from that end. It should pull right out.

On the bottom, is the old steering shaft. Above it is the new one from 1AAuto. You can see they're identical and they'll fit exactly the same. You need to make sure that the new steering shaft will fit in to the lower shaft and sometimes, due to over tightening, the lower shaft could be pinched in a little bit. So, we just fit it in there from the top without putting it into the vehicle to make sure that it'll go through. Now, feed the steering shaft in from the inside of the vehicle. You do have to maneuver it around to get it to go through the boot. Then apply grease to this end of the steering shaft and then, push the upper steering shaft back into the lower steering shaft. To make the process a little easier, you can use needle nose pliers. You can just kind of pry the hole down while someone pushes from the inside and you don't have to have someone pushing from the inside but it does kind of speed up the process a bit. Using needle nose pliers, just keep the hole for the bolt lined up and then just push the bolt into place. Then we'll fast forward as Mike tightens that up. Then just torque this bolt to 37 foot-pounds and then pull up on the upper steering shaft and push it up into place. Then just push the bolt back into place and then put your key in the ignition and just turn your steering wheel so that the bottom of the bolt is facing down so it just makes it easier to get the nut on there and in place. Then just tighten that up, and just torque it to 35 foot-pounds, and then you're all set.

We hope this video helps you out. Brought to you by www.1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Please feel free to call us toll-free, 888-844-3393. We're the company that's here for you on the Internet and in person.

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Assistant

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Bearing Grease

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Torque Wrench
  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 15mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 15mm Wrench

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