i used the seat belt to hold the steering wheel in place. then take the 2 bolts off of the bracket thats attached to the frame. that just makes it a little easier. loosen the clamp bolt at the gear box then the one holding the lower shaft to the upper shaft. it just takes a little time because of the no room to swing rachets and wrenchs. good luck.
In the first pic...
You see the bolt on the lower part of the upper shaft.
This holds (clamps down) the upper portion of the lower shaft.
It is easier to access the bolts from underneath the Jeep. So turn the wheel until the both bolts face down.
**Also I was told to take the neg off the battery as to not disturb the airbag.
and before you unbolt anything seat belt your steering wheel to prevent it from turning...as this can cause damage.**
the second picture is of the shaft turned to access the bolts from underneath.
the bracket holding the shaft in place will be taken off / loosened once you have broken loose both of the shaft bolts.
the first picture is looking forward along the shaft to the connection at the steering box. this bolt will also be facing down when you turn the wheel. Again we found that to be easier. Before seperating the shaft from either end make sure you have marked them so that you can match up the new shaft and ensure proper alignment. I used the wife's nail polish made to dots at both ends.
the second picture is of the bracket mounting bolts. These thread in and do not have backing nuts. I think it was 15mm. there is only 2 of them as well.
once all the bolts are loose have fun getting the shaft out.
we tried to pry open the clamp with a flat head while pulling on it and hitting it with a hammer. once we had enough room between the steering gear and the clamp we used a pair of pliers stuck the handle in between and put a hollow bar on the pliers and used it to wedge off the shaft...like a pitman arm separator.
reverse install..... hope I got the major stuff...studying for midterms.
last pics is just showing the upper and lower steering shafts.
This was my first attempt at replacing a steering shaft and very happy with the results. Saved $200unk: Toward shocks maybe?
Not really a write up but hope it helps those who need it.
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