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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-22-2016, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Intermediate Shaft Boot

It has been suggested to me to get a boot for my NEW intermediate steering shaft. This is to retain some grease and keep road sludge away from the exposed U-jount.
First sugestion is a piece of bicycle inner tube. Just zip tie it in place.
I am wondering if a pvc glove or plytex dish washing glove would last lone enough.
Without buying a new tube to cut up' I'm just spit-balling looking for other thoughts.
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Bicycle shops have lots of old tubes.

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A call for a tube was made. We shall see what develops.
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I tied both ends of the tube then punched it with a grease needle and filled it. I mean the first one lasted 9 years so don't know if I'll still own this Cobalt in an other 9 or if I will live that long but better to be safe than sorry.

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Boot install

So the sway bar arrived today, makes a nice addition to the bowflex.....now I know what to do with the old one.
Also, LC arrived from Houston with her 08 LT, and the O2 sensor is now ready. She can get the car inspected, before i do any PM on it.

Decided that $3.00 for a NEW boot was not excessive, so WallyWorld provided the inner tube. After working with it for a few min. here are the results.
Dorman 425-109
Notice boot bulled up ~25mm high & rolled over at the bottom to clear bolt hole. Ready to shoot grease up into u-joint cavity. Then slide the u-joint down on to the Rack and zip tie both ends of the boot.


[/COLOR]Decided NOT to crawl arround under the BC and just made Terry's Yucky Chicken.... rather tasty!

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Now you may tell me, I have the,boot onmthe wrong end.......Ha!

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@1:20 shaft out, sway bar disconnected and dangling.
New I-shaft stuck back in and slid over rack input..out of steam for a bit...trying to extend the shaft to slind on to splined fitting on steering shaft....film at 11:00
May need to disconnect x-mission mount & lower the back of engine cradle to slide the sway bar out and new bar in.
Old I-shaft poped out like sore tooth.....painless.

With the air ratchet, all of the bolts comming out nicely.

Warning....Danger...Danger. Noticed fresh grease slung from RF CV joint boot.....not good.

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Ok time to go back at it, @2:06
i do need to
Place support jack under engine/ cradle
Loosen front engine cradle bolts ~3/8" gap between bolt head and and frame
Remove LCA bolts
remove transmission lower bolts
Lower engine cradle
Wiggle/ finess sway bar out. YMMV
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Make sure your steering is kept locked at all times if you don't have the intermediate shaft in place. You don't want to break your clock spring. Also just removing the steering rack and rear motor mount should have been enough to change the swaybar.

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@2:45 old sway bar out new bar in
Finishing up on I-shaft

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4:16 time for test drive around the wash board....

Reslts."..........No More CLUNK

Prime suspect was RH OEM sway bar bushing. I cant tell if i-shaft was loose or not but it is new now and only off by only 340 degrees....NOT.
I did miss alignment mark by one tooth and still need to fight fire wall grommet. Several small finger cut on something sharp trying to get the i-shaft initial alignment and trying to get the grommet. This was making a mess and casued me to slip my grip. Will return nad fix alignmrnt.

Bottom line ....well worth the efort and also replaced the rear O2 snsor. This may have been changed before, the connector lock was not installed when i took the connector stay out of its mounting hole


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Make sure your steering is kept locked at all times if you don't have the intermediate shaft in place......
Steering wheel was locked with seat belt until time for test drive.

Thought about the 2 bolts on the rack but chose the 2 bolts on the LCAs. They still had a fresh coat of copper anti sieze on them. LC dropped the 3 lower tranny mount, bolts so lowering thw back end was not a problem this time.

It does drive
BETTER.....much better than LC's 08 LT. Hers gets worked over next and she now has hew own TX license plates and inspection sticker. We can change her plugs and O2 sensors.
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Aligning the steering is tricky, make sure it doesn't move at the top while you're working at the bottom. Having somebody hold or it if you can help or strsp it down somehow will help. Each spline is about 10s.

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LC's Test drive of the BC

LC just came back from a test drive of the BC (08 LS)
The thinks it is very tite and likes the clutch

She wants another recommendation for her blown shocks & struts on her
Silver 08 LT






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LC= little chickie vs MC= Mom Chick
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