L300 - intermediate steering shaft ?

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L300 - intermediate steering shaft ?

Postby ypelex » Mon May 07, 2018 11:34 am

Hi folks,

Need some help here. My steering became really stiff, it has been diagnosed to the part on the picture. You can see it underneath ( connects steering gear and steering rack), goes horizontally from front to back. Is this the intermediate steering shaft ?

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L300 - intermediate steering shaft ?

Postby Growlerbearnz » Mon May 07, 2018 2:01 pm

Sounds like you need the Steering section of the workshop manual: viewtopic.php?f=115&t=7334

...but yes, the manual identifies that as the intermediate shaft.
Nothing says "poor workmanship" more than wrinkles in the duct tape.

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L300 - intermediate steering shaft ?

Postby ypelex » Mon May 07, 2018 2:35 pm

Thank you for the link, Growlerbearnz.

Checked it out and as expected there is nothing to service in the shaft. Needs replacement. Stiff steering section doesn't identify it as a potential problem, but the mechanic says it is after doing a number of tests. I guess the part is exposed to rain/splash and over time bearing goes.

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Postby Growlerbearnz » Mon May 07, 2018 7:17 pm

Maybe. If the bearings in the universal joint seized up the steering would get a bit stiff, but I wouldn't expect it to be *that* bad as the joint isn't on much of an angle. Still, it's not something I have first-hand experience of, so who knows.

You've checked your power steering fluid level, right? It's the first thing a mechanic would check, but if it is that it's a really cheap fix :-).
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Postby ypelex » Tue May 08, 2018 10:00 am

Yes, the fluid I checked - it is all good.

I agree with your assessment, not a lot of movement in that shaft, but it is now noticeably different comparing to normal. Will post here result once I find the part .

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L300 - intermediate steering shaft ?

Postby Growlerbearnz » Tue May 08, 2018 2:43 pm

Part number MB412520, CAD$118 from Amayama.com.

...which seems surprisingly inexpensive.
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Postby ypelex » Wed May 09, 2018 3:50 pm

Thank you again. Your posts on this forum are appreciated by many.

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Postby ypelex » Tue May 15, 2018 11:23 am

To confirm here : replaced the part & that fixed the problem. One of the U-joints was fully seized up.

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L300 - intermediate steering shaft ?

Postby Growlerbearnz » Tue May 15, 2018 2:25 pm

Great! Thanks for letting us know :-)
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