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      Replace the Steering Column Coupling Shield?

      Hey,

      I love my V70, but one thing that is driving me absolutely nuts is that the rubber in the coupling shield down near the U-joint on the steering column has gotten old and dried out, and it makes a horrible dry rubber-on-rubber grinding sound when the outside of the U-joint and the inside of the coupling shield rub together as the wheel is turned.

      I have tried lubing it with all kinds of lubes to fix the issue, first with silicone oil, then with silicon grease, and last with Jet Lube. IN some cases it helped for anywhere from a day to two weeks. In some caes it didn't help at all. The awful noise always comes back.

      Here is a view from inside the drivers side footwell:

      cpupling shield.jpg

      And the diagram and parts listing:

      steering column parts.jpg

      Looks like it should be fairly easy to pop out the old one, and pop in the new one...

      ...expect for the fact that I have to get them off and on to the column

      So, Can I loosen the screws just north of the u-joint and thus separate the column, and get enough space to slip the old shield off, and a new one in? Or would this require more drastic surgery?

      Appreciate any recommendations!

      --Matt

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      Theres a bearing in there that has likely seized. Your eon the right track, just disconnect the U joint upper tang and take the pieces out from there.
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      Quote Originally Posted by ScottishBrick View Post
      Theres a bearing in there that has likely seized. Your eon the right track, just disconnect the U joint upper tang and take the pieces out from there.
      Oh cool. Thank you. Where is the bearing? Inside the universal joint assembly? Or on the shield side? From just looking at the parts it is not apparent where it would be.

      I'm trying to figure out which parts I should replace for this.

      9485812-sml.jpg

      I found a picture of the universal joint part. Is the bearing inside that round metal colored part so that it spins freely and doesn't rub against the dust shield?
      Last edited by mattlach; 12-10-2019 at 10:31 AM.

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      Looks like I'd need to loosen the black bolt on top, and then a bolt underneath the dust shield, and that entire U-joint should come out.

      I've never messed with steering before though. Any pitfalls I should be aware of? I'd imagine I'd want to keep the wheels and the steering wheel straight throughout, and maybe even do an alignment after?

      Any other gotchas to look out for?

      Many thanks,
      Matt

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      Lock the wheel
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      I think what SB is saying is that there's a bearing inside the rubber boot, which you can see in the pic on Skandix: http://www.skandix.de/en/spare-parts...olumn/1037134/

      The silver section in the middle of the piece you posted rides inside the bearing.

      You should be able to undo the bolt where the column connects to the upper shaft of the U-joint, slide it off, and then pry the donut/boot up over the top of the u-joint. Don't touch the splined part that connects to the steering rack.
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      Quote Originally Posted by kampman View Post
      I think what SB is saying is that there's a bearing inside the rubber boot, which you can see in the pic on Skandix: http://www.skandix.de/en/spare-parts...olumn/1037134/

      The silver section in the middle of the piece you posted rides inside the bearing.

      You should be able to undo the bolt where the column connects to the upper shaft of the U-joint, slide it off, and then pry the donut/boot up over the top of the u-joint. Don't touch the splined part that connects to the steering rack.
      Oh, that is interesting.

      I've stuck my finger between the column and the boot when I was troubleshooting and to try to lube it, and there isn't a bearing there on mine. Just smooth rubber.

      I wonder if someone at some point before I owned the car installed a subpar aftermarket rubber boot.

      Thank you for that!

      Do you know how that boot attaches? Does it just press in? Or do I need to remove that plastic ring around the outside in order to get it out?

      Well, the ring is cheap enough. I might just buy it even if I don't need it, just in case it breaks during removal.
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      Quote Originally Posted by ScottishBrick View Post
      Lock the wheel
      Appreciate the suggestion!

      How does one do this? Just using the ignition lock, or is there some sort of tool or clamp I should use?

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      Quote Originally Posted by mattlach View Post
      Appreciate the suggestion!

      How does one do this? Just using the ignition lock, or is there some sort of tool or clamp I should use?
      Just the ignition lock
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      I have had this noise and mine is not the lube or cleaning of the little white plastic split ring in there either.

      I'll be watching this thread.

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      On my 1998 V70R the bush had sized to the shaft with rust and worn the rubber, and it would not stay in place.I needed a new(second hand)rubber bellows.
      I believe as a service modification Volvo fit the later type with a needle roller bearings in there.
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