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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-15-2016, 06:45 AM Thread Starter
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Intermediate Shaft Firewall Seal Installation?

'07 Cobalt LS

I'm replacing the intermediate shaft (and the rack, for that matter). I'm having great difficulty getting the shaft boot to seat into the opening in the firewall. The boot has a 'doughnut' that's supposed to pop through the opening, thereby locking the boot in place. I haven't been able to get that doughnut to pass.

The Chevy book just says "Seat the intermediate shaft seal using a pushing, squeezing and twisting motion until seal is fully seated," and to do this before attaching the shaft to either the rack or the steering wheel. I've tried it that way, as well as with either or both ends attached. No joy.

This guy [1] says something (right at the end) about "pushing [the boot] through from the other [engine?] side," after he'd attached both ends of the shaft. I assume he means 'pull', but I'm not sure how you would do anything from that side, given how restricted the space is. In any case, I got nowhere.

AFAICT from Google/YouTube, I'm the first person to have this particular problem, which makes me think I'm missing something. If there's a trick, I'd appreciate hearing it. Or even just, "Yeah, it's hard," or "It's a piece of cake." Thanks.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-15-2016, 07:24 AM
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That was easy for me, I wrapped a shoe lace in the seam of the boot then inserted part of the boot in the hole with the shoe lace end inside the cockpit and pulled on the lace and it popped right in.

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I sprayed mine with copious amounts of silicone lube and had my son pushing from the the inside while I was pulling from the engine bay side...took less than a minute...good luck with yours
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are you trying to get the boot in after you attached to rack or column? I put boot into place with relatively no resistance. Then hooked up to rack and torqued pinch bolt. Then to column. 30 mins maybe.
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> are you trying to get the boot in after you attached to rack or column?

No, though I have tried that, too. I actually (finally) did get it in (really) ... but, I had the inner shaft extended, so that was in the neck of the seal. In trying to get the thicker outer shaft through the seal, the whole thing popped out. I'm starting to think it's a personal problem.
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Lol. You'll get it. Other thing I forgot is to make sure your not putting it in upside down. Hahaha
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For the record, I got it in. I'm not ready to die for this idea, but I think what made the difference was heating the doughnut. It wasn't that cold (20F-ish); but, after warming it with a heat gun, it worked just like they said. Thanks all.
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