Steering column u-joint



if i wiggle steering wheel i can feel a slight rattle/looseness
i reach under dash and put my hand on u-joint and can feel the clicking there
the u-joint is attached to column which is splined and has pinch bolt
there are some threads at other sites that say you can loosen pinch bolt
and slide u-joint up the shaft a tiny bit and that will take the slack out of the u-joint?
the shaft has a notch for the pinch bolt. how can it possibly be moved?
moving it 1/8" means the notch in shaft is now not aligned for the pinch bolt?


It can’t. If you can feel the looseness, it needs to be replaced. The internet is wrong.


my nox has electric boost steering. the motor is under the dash.
i went to boneyard and found 3-4 noxes. some had the motor gone
i wiggled 1 nox and it was loose. nox 2 was quiet. i took out shaft assy. not hard actually
its only $9. give it shot. my former vue also has same steering. found 1 vue with big wiggle
several were quiet. who knew i had other rigs with elec steering?
replaced my shaft. inspected knuckle. no looseness. i think my click noise is a bit better?
i can put my hand on ujoint and wiggle steering and still feel a click at joint.
its coming from the elec motor assy or maybe thru the column from the rack itself?
i have to fix this front end rattle. there is no way i cannot find the mechanical issue here