2001 camry intermediate steering shaft

Asked by Jul 19, 2017 at 02:30 PM about the 2001 Toyota Camry LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have the shaft out of the car because I am
replacing the steering rack and I found that the
lower portion was not sliding on the upper portion--
it was stuck. I now have it moving but the upper
shaft only slides to within about 3/4" from the
inside of the lower part then stops (this is US
model). Should it stop, or should it slide freely all
the way through? Second question: can I replace
the US shaft with a Japan shaft? Japan shafts are
cheaper and easier to find...Thanks!

3 Answers

1,930

Can you provide a photo of said shaft?

After much poking and prodding and spraying, I was able to free things up so that the inner shaft slides freely within the outer shaft from end to end! A little white lithium grease and it's ready to go back in the car--as soon as the new rack arrives...

1,930

Good job. Let us know how this repair turns out.

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