In a steering system, the steering shaft connects the steering gear box to the steering column. The shaft eventually corrodes. When it begins to fail, it's common to hear popping sounds or clunking noises as you turn the wheel. If it becomes more difficult to turn, it's time to replace the shaft since having it break is dangerous. The needle bearings within the shaft have sealed grease within them but if they dry out, oxidation happens when moisture enters. Other symptoms, such as uneven tire wear and loose steering, are hints that steering column parts are wearing down and need replacement.
What to Look for When Shopping
When replacing steering shaft parts, you want to be sure the shaft assembly can handle modifications on your rig, such as oversize wheels and tires and lifted bodies. Select a heavy-duty replacement with a slip shaft, and needle-bearing or vibration reducing universal joints. Make sure to order the right shaft length. To be on the safe side, some shafts are fully adjustable and collapsible. Otherwise, order a size larger than you believe you need and cut down to size, if necessary. Some steering shafts are specific to manual steering or power steering while other can handle either.
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An Often-Overlooked Part
The steering column shaft is an integral part in any vehicle, yet it's often overlooked until it breaks. This part connects the column to the gearbox in the steering system. It has needle bearings in a sealed grease enclosure, that when exposed to water from corrosion, causes binding and failure of not just the part, but the entire steering system. An array of replacements are available, 4 Wheel Parts definitely has one that will fit your particular vehicle for built to withstand whatever rigors your throw at it.
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Steering shafts come in many sizes and varieties, adjustable and collapsible options are available. Don't let the plethora of options prevent you from a purchase however. You can even buy a shaft that's longer than you need and cut it to size to fit your rig. 4 Wheel Parts has the best selection and prices around, there is no better company to purchase a replacement or a new heavy-duty shaft from. Buying is made easy with the user-friendly online interface at 4wheelparts.com. For an even more personalized purchasing experience visit one of the many locations across North America and talk to a knowledgeable associate about your specific needs. You're sure to leave happy, and to remain so on the trail with a part from 4 Wheel Parts.