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Can you replace your own steering shaft?

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A steering shaft can be replaced on a vehicle; however, it is a labor-intensive task that requires the steering wheel to be removed so it can be accessed. The procedure may also differentiate according to which shaft, as a steering shaft is separated into two main pieces.

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The lower portion is known as the intermediate shaft, and is connects inside the engine compartment. Its replacement does not require the removal of the steering wheel.

The top steering shaft connects directly to the steering wheel. This job requires the complete removal of the steering wheel, along with the air bag components. Although both jobs are difficult, the steering shaft can still be replaced on a vehicle.

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