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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-14-2000, 03:08 PM
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My steering problem?

Steve83 suggested that my "rag joint" could be bad, so i checked and everthing seems to be fine. However, looking lower, where the "rag joint shaft" slips over the "input shaft" has a lot of play.

Are there any special ways to remove this? I took the bolt out and put liquid wrench all over. Tried to pry it down and the whole shaft (above where the bolt comes out) slid down too? Haynes doesn't cover it very well, they seem to leave that part out, so I don't think its too big of a deal, right?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 12-14-2000, 04:08 PM
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Re: My steering problem?

The Rag Joint is part of your steering intermediate shaft. The "I-Shaft" is bolted at the top to the end of the steering column and at the bottom to the steering gear: one bolt at each eand. Remove both bolts, telescope the shaft down, then remove the entire shaft. Put one end of the shaft in a vice and grab the other end with channel locks. Twist and see how much play you have. The slip-joint often wears out as well as the rag-joint. I bought an entire new shaft assembly from the Ford dealer for about 100 bucks. You might be able to buy a new Rag Joint from Auto Zone, but your slip joint is probably shot too. Some people think that welding the slip joint is a quick fix: that slip is there to collapse during a crash and allow for movement between the body and frame. A new shaft from the dealer is probably your best bet. Borgeson is a company that sells replacement shafts, but they might want a lot more than 100 bucks. Good luck.

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 12-14-2000, 04:18 PM
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Re: My steering problem?

Thanks man, I've called a couple of junk yards(only 2 within an hour of me) and there are not any shafts around, so I guess I'll have to drop the money at FORD. They want 125.00. Borgeson wants like 300.00!

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 12-14-2000, 05:05 PM
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Re: My steering problem?

You can pick up a Flaming River shaft for $200.

If it ain't broke, I can probably still fix it.
post #5 of (permalink) Old 12-14-2000, 05:58 PM
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Re: My steering problem?

Got the shaft off, went to FORD, talked to the guy that said they had the part and guess what? It was not on the shelf! When I called, I even asked him to make sure they had one there! A piece of my mind gave him some ideas and I got 10% off!
I somewhat fixed the problem. When all else fails (or lack of parts) use a hammer! for the time being I hammered the shaft shut some and it took the majority of the problem away! go figure!

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