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How To Diagnose/Fix/Remove/Replace/Repair An Intermediate Steering Column Shaft On A Dodge Dakota Or

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How To Diagnose/Fix/Remove/Replace/Repair An Intermediate Steering Column Shaft On A Dodge Dakota Or Dodge Durango 2WD & 4WD

by Joe Stepnicka under Dodge, Uncategorized

The Dodge Durango and Dakota are both durable and popular trucks, however, like any vehicle these days, they are prone to their own common failure points. One of the more common issues popping up on the 1997-2004 Dakota and Durango is the failure of the intermediate steering shaft. The original steering shafts had a weak point in the universal joints which are built into the shaft.

If any of the above points on the shaft have failed, then the entire shaft must be replaced. For the longest time they were only available through the dealership, now has them available for a much better price than going through the Dodge dealer. They have the following shafts available:

1997 – 2000 Dodge Dakota/Durango 4×2 2WD

1997 – 1999 Dodge Dakota/Durango 4×4 4WD

2001-2004 Dodge Dakota/Durango 4×4/4WD

Their steering shaft has been redesigned with upgraded u-joints to prevent future failure. Their kits also replace the entire assembly, both upper and lower intermediate shafts, not just the lower intermediate shaft. This new shaft was designed to last the life of your truck, so you will never have an issue with the steering shaft again once replaced. The factory part numbers it replaces are 52078808AC and 52078808AD for the 1997-2000 2WD.

When the shaft fails, it can cause a few different symptoms. The most common is a popping, or clunking noise when turning the steering wheel. If the vehicle continues to be driven in this condition, the symptoms will only get worse, eventually the steering wheel will develop a lot of slop, or play when turning the wheel. And after that, the steering wheel may begin to bind in your Dakota or Durango. A binding steering wheel can be a serious and dangerous situation, that is why you do not want to let your vehicle get to that stage if it is beginning to show any symptoms of the intermediate steering shaft going bad.

Written by Joe Stepnicka

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1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2wd, 2x4, 4wd, 4x4, dakota, Dodge, durango, intermediate, shaft, steering

25 Comments for this entry

  • Jack

    This is spot on, I own a 2002 4×4 Durango, had all the sypmtoms, I replaced the complete shaft, problem solved 100%. PS there price is about 1/2 of the dealer price, you will also need the 2 bolts that hold it on, when you take the originals out they will be junk, and must be replaced.

  • Graham Corey

    In your post about replacing the intermediate steering shaft on your ’02 Durango 4×4 you said someone’s price was 1/2 the dealers. Who’s part was that,how much was it & where are you located? I have an ’01 & I’m in B.C.,Canada. Thanks.

  • Ron

    Is there no replacement for the 2000 4 x 4 Durango?

  • zach

    97 to 2000 are all the same parts

  • Pat

    Hi, your phone number does not work. I have a 98 Dodge Durango 4×4 5.9l and there is a lot of play in the steering. how much is it for the steering shaft for this truck? and where are you located. I saw one shaft going for 140US but your picture of the shaft looks similar to mine.

    please let me know, thanks

    Pat.

  • Bob

    Do you have to disconnect the battery before taking the shaft out because of the air bag?

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