Lower steering shaft replaced today

Discussion in '3rd Gen - 2007 - 2017' started by JoeZ, Oct 12, 2019 at 8:45 PM.

  1. JoeZ

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    Finally, I made time to replace the steering shaft on my 2008 XLT 4wd. First I sprayed the hell out of the bolts and the shaft ends with penatrating oil. I positioned the shaft so I could remove the upper bolt, and then found if I put the lower bolt facing forward I could get the socket on the bolt with a couple extensions.
    Come up from the bottom with a brass drift about 12" long and drove the bottom coupler off of the rack.
    I drove a wedge (old screwdriver) in the groove of the upper coupler and tapped it off of the shaft.
    I installed the bottom first, and ran the bolt in finger tight, then slid the top on and tightened the bolts.
    The only thing I would do differently is buy new bolts, but reusing the old ones will work if they aren't too rusty.

    I bought my Motorcraft shaft from Amazon for $135.00, it is sad how cheezy this part is...
    It sure made a difference in the steering returning to center!
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2019 at 8:50 PM
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