How is the rag joint/intermediate shaft replaced on a 95 SC2? Repair manuals seem to be no help

Tiny
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  • 1995 SATURN SC2
  • 230,000 MILES
Steering dives in turns, and****** the steering wheel and car left and right
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Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 AT 12:25 AM

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Tiny
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When you say rag joint are you talking about the intermidate shaft that connects the steer column to the rack and pion?
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Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 AT 12:32 AM
Tiny
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If thats what your talking about lock the steering wheel in the straight position. Then you have a 10mm pinch bolt at the base of the steering column on the inside. Then on the outside you have to pull the boot up and you have a 11mm pinch bolt holding it place. Are you sure its bad?I havent had to replace many over the years.
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Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 AT 12:44 AM
Tiny
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Yes, directly above the rack. And I have replaced literally everything else on the front of this car. Including struts, rack, ball joints, tie rod ends, axles, everything. When I turn at all or apply the brakes, the wheel****** to the left. There's nothing else I can think of
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Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 AT 2:00 AM
Tiny
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That doesnt sound like that shaft before you change it stick your head under the dash and move the steering wheel back and fourth with the wheels on the ground. Watch and see if there is play in the shaft.
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Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 AT 3:13 AM
Tiny
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Steering coupler replaced, but I have 2 new control arms with ball joints. Upon removing old ball joints, one is spinning on me. My ball joint separator is too big to hold the ball joint. Any other way to get the castle nut off?
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Thursday, October 6th, 2011 AT 1:12 AM
Tiny
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I thought you already replaced the ball joints?As far as the castle nut spinning try spraying some pb blaster pentrating spray and let it soak in. Also you can try getting a big pry bar prying under the subframe and againist the control arm to force it down while trying to take the nut off. If you cant get it that way you could use a die grinder with a cut off wheel to cut the nut off. Or a die grinder cut off saw to cut the nut off. If they put salt on the roads where you live you may have to just cut that nut off. Let me know how you make out.
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Thursday, October 6th, 2011 AT 1:36 AM
Tiny
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Ball joints were replaced maybe 18 months ago, and one is bad already. So I defected it at work(advance autoparts). A coworkers recommended I replace the other side as well, as there is a lot of salt used in the winter. I will let you know how it all works out, and thanks again
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Thursday, October 6th, 2011 AT 1:46 AM
Tiny
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I used to work at saturn of rochester in NY so I know what a lot of salt on the road does to those saturns lol. Keep me posted on how it goes.
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Thursday, October 6th, 2011 AT 2:15 AM

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