HEEEEEELP My stearing has been getting loose lately so I finaly got around to checking it this morning~~~ YIKS
the rubber washer that conects the 2 parts of the steering shaft is ripped allmost compleatly in two!! Good thing I checked it or I could have been FREE wheeling places I might not have wanted to go!!!
I have to fix this today as I drive it to work and the wife is in KY. for the month with the Sports Trac! (and I got no other wheel's) any sugestions??
You answered it yourself! HEEEEEELP! Tthe "Help!" section in most chain auto parts stores. I belive its the same as the ones in the Help! section of replacement parts. Measure across the holes to verify.
I don't think I could have driven it if the rubber had finished ripping. I noticed when I took it apart 2 thin metal plates which I supose is suposed to keep it from coming compleately apart. Unfortunantly on of those was broken as well. Doubble YIKES!!!!
You can elliminate the rubber "puck" completely by using part of another steering shaft with the u-joint. Welding is required to accomplish this and it does make the steering feel "more direct". If I can get hold of a dig. cam, I'll take a pic of it and post it..........