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Question Lubrication of the steering column joints

I have begun to have a problem with the steering on my '02 Sedona - 88k miles. The steering wheel does not return to running straight after making a turn and has to be pulled back from the turn.

One possible cause is that the universal joints in the steering column assembly - including the intermediate shaft have begun to freeze up and need to be lubricated.

Can anyone on the forum give me an idea if this can be done by access thru the hood, or must the car be up on a lift? thanks
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I have begun to have a problem with the steering on my '02 Sedona - 88k miles. The steering wheel does not return to running straight after making a turn and has to be pulled back from the turn.

One possible cause is that the universal joints in the steering column assembly - including the intermediate shaft have begun to freeze up and need to be lubricated.

Can anyone on the forum give me an idea if this can be done by access thru the hood, or must the car be up on a lift? thanks
Hi The 2 pdf docs from the manual don't show and the manual doesn't say to grease the joints just replace.
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Replace. I don't know if you can get away with just greasing them. In any case it was about 400.00 and 1/2 that we didn't have ours. You MIGHT be able to get away with greasing them, though, this same problem happens on most GM cars from the same time period (my Impala does it). I can get to the shaft from under the steering wheel and I just lithium the heck out of it. No more knock/freeze.
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The steering tightness kept getting worse, and the lubrication of the universals that I was able to do from the interior of the car did NOT solve the problem, so into the shop it went and it is back now. My mechanic found the problem to be the lower universal joint on the steering shaft - near the rack and pinion housing. This is the one most exposed to the elements - and this winter we had a lot of snow, and hence a lot of salt on the roads, so this universal probably got its share.
He unbolted it, and freed it up and lubricated well. He had to use a vibrating driver to work it free, and work in the lubricant. He said it goes in liquid, but after awhile, becomes like a light grease. What a difference! Best $100 I have spent in some time. THANKS to those who helped me get to the bottom of the problem. This is why we are on these forums - common experiences communicated for the good of all members.
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My wife was complaining yesterday about the steering being stiff on our 51 plate sedona. I tried it and she was right it was loose then tight then loose again. I thought it was either out of fluid or the pump had gone until I searched on the forum and came up with this thread. I managed to get some WD40 in the bottom universal joint and straight away problem solved. I am going to get access to all the joints this weekend and give them a good oiling.

I think the problem is the price of diesel......let me explain. We recently bought a second car, an old vauxhall astra factory fitted dual fuel (unleaded/LPG). With LPG running at around 75-80p a litre at the moment the sedona hasn't been out much and I reckon with all the road salt it just seized up a bit.

Once again many thanks to all on the forum. I don't post a lot but I do read a lot and am always heartened by the indepth collective knowledge and willingness to share.

Many thanks

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