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There is now a rebuild kit available from Dodge for $4.00 - P/N is 04443436AC. Also there is a revised rubber boot for the end of the coupler that does a better job of keeping water out - P/N 04740761.
> Anyone out there know where I can get instructions
on how to rebuild the
> lower steering shaft universal joint on a 1990 Dodge truck? I have the
> rebuild kit from the dealer but no instructions.
it's pretty straightforward, here are some instructions to help:
Another fix posted to the TDR 1st Generation Ram Forum: Steering coupler fix
Inside the coupler at the steering box end is type of C.V. joint which can be repaired.
First remove the shaft and coupler from the truck, then remove the rubber seal and retainer from the coupler. Drive the small roll pin from the coupler housing to remove the steering shaft from the coupler.
Separate the shaft from the coupler (notice how the pieces that make up the C.V. joint go thgether). There is a 3/8 pin that goes through the steering shaft and holds the two plates that make up the joint, these plates allow the steering shaft to move telescopically within the coupler housing. The slack in the coupler was caused by the steering shaft hole (where the 3/8 pin goes through) being worn out and enlarged.
The fix in this case, was to weld the pin inside the hole of the shaft, then carefully grinding the weld down so that it doesn't interfere with the side plates of the joint.
Then reassemble the joint and pack it full of grease before putting the rubber seal and retainer back on. Install the shaft back on the truck, take the truck for a test drive and start smiling!!!!