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Intermediate steering shaft

Anyone replace their lower intermediate steering shaft? Can’t find anything on doing it for the 4R...
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YouTube it, it's out there, I followed the video when I did mine.
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I did it on an 05 Tacoma I had a few years back. Didn't take long but of course I had the truck on a lift. I dropped the old one and it broke in half so yeah definitely something you don't want to wait on if you know it's bad.
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Anyone replace their lower intermediate steering shaft? CanÂ’t find anything on doing it for the 4R...
1. Lots of PB blaster on both ends of the shaft (Soak overnight)
2. Center steering wheel and secure it with rope
3. Remove the two bolts pictured in the attached diagram
4. Remove the bolt that holds the steering column to the int steering rack (Inside the cabin of the truck)
4. Use a pry bar and hammer to knock the shaft from the steering rack
4. Once the shaft is off the rack you can remove it from the other portion of the shaft assembly. It will slide right out
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What prompts this job?

Does this mitigate the notorious steering wheel shake?
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What prompts this job?

Does this mitigate the notorious steering wheel shake?
Im replacing a leaking steering rack but some have replaced the int. steering shaft when they get binding in the steering. There is an exposed U joint that wears out eventually.
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Thanks gents, got it done yesterday, not too bad of a job at all - would have been easier with an impact hammer/chisel but beating the shit out of it with a hammer and pry bar worked ok. Also sucked doing it on the ground in the driveway, but only about an hour overall.

Steering wheel was off after I was done, so I went and got an alignment before they closed.

I got the shaft on Amazon for $60 shipped, thought it was too good to be true based on how proud Toyota is of it and that seeming to be the only option... turns out it worked perfect.

I had stiff spots in the steering from lock to lock that started intermittently about 6 weeks go, and just progressively got worse until I think the u-joint just completely seized. I got under it the other day and could see that the joint was rusted right out and the seals were toast. Tried spraying it with some grease and it didn’t help at all.

New shaft fixed it 100%, and while I was at it I changed out the serpentine belt which was also kind of a ***** without a long tensioner tool but didn’t take too long.

To note, I never had any noise, no leaks, and PS fluid is still a nice red color. Everyone I talked to was ready to will my 4R to the grave by saying the rack was bad, but it’s not at all ��.
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Thanks gents, got it done yesterday, not too bad of a job at all - would have been easier with an impact hammer/chisel but beating the shit out of it with a hammer and pry bar worked ok. Also sucked doing it on the ground in the driveway, but only about an hour overall.

Steering wheel was off after I was done, so I went and got an alignment before they closed.

I got the shaft on Amazon for $60 shipped, thought it was too good to be true based on how proud Toyota is of it and that seeming to be the only option... turns out it worked perfect.

I had stiff spots in the steering from lock to lock that started intermittently about 6 weeks go, and just progressively got worse until I think the u-joint just completely seized. I got under it the other day and could see that the joint was rusted right out and the seals were toast. Tried spraying it with some grease and it didn’t help at all.

New shaft fixed it 100%, and while I was at it I changed out the serpentine belt which was also kind of a ***** without a long tensioner tool but didn’t take too long.

To note, I never had any noise, no leaks, and PS fluid is still a nice red color. Everyone I talked to was ready to will my 4R to the grave by saying the rack was bad, but it’s not at all ��.
Glad it worked out for you. I would still keep an eye out though our racks are notoriously weak if you hit rocks and dirt a decent amount.
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