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Old 07-15-2018, 09:27 AM   #1
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Default 2003 L300 steering shaft coupler

My wife's 2003 L300, with only 83000 km, doesn't get driven a whole lot as you can see from the mileage, but it needs a steering shaft coupler! My mechanic says it can't be greased to alleviate the moaning and groaning and somewhat stiff steering and that his calls to local dealers and online searches for a new or even used wreckers part have been fruitless! Apparently this part is near impossible to locate! One local parts guy came up with a company called Darman, that lists a part number, 425-101, but it no longer carried the part. I live in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada and regularly travel across the border to shop, but even local U.S businesses can't locate this part. So, can anyone offer me any assistance locating the part?
Many thanks to anyone able to offer help and advice.
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Old 07-15-2018, 10:06 AM   #2
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Default Re: 2003 L300 steering shaft coupler

A wrecking yard will usually not separate a part like that but would probably sell the whole steering column. Any You pull it parts yards near where you live? That would probably be your best bet.

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Old 07-15-2018, 10:06 AM   #3
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My wife's 2003 L300, with only 83000 km, doesn't get driven a whole lot as you can see from the mileage, but it needs a steering shaft coupler! My mechanic says it can't be greased to alleviate the moaning and groaning and somewhat stiff steering and that his calls to local dealers and online searches for a new or even used wreckers part have been fruitless! Apparently this part is near impossible to locate! One local parts guy came up with a company called Darman, that lists a part number, 425-101, but it no longer carried the part. I live in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada and regularly travel across the border to shop, but even local U.S businesses can't locate this part. So, can anyone offer me any assistance locating the part?
Many thanks to anyone able to offer help and advice.
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Your mechanic is not a very good mechanic. The coupler has a pinch bolt that holds it on. Take that pinch bolt off, pull shaft out, grease splines of shaft and reinstall. I used to have to do this to my wife's 2002 every couple years. Her 2003 has not needed it yet tho it's not hard once it does.

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Old 07-15-2018, 11:42 AM   #4
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Default Re: 2003 L300 steering shaft coupler

Due to liability issues lots of shops replace parts rather than repair them. I understand why however I will repair just about anything if I can get the parts. The shaft in question has a universal joint at each end and plastic coated splines that are part of the energy absorbing part of the steering column. The moaning could be a bad or stiff u-joint or the splines need some lube as mentioned above. Low use and salty environment may have affected the rack mounting and or the front cradle on your car. Before condemming the small shaft as the source of the noise I would have a complete inspection of the cradle and rack mountings.

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...Before condemming the small shaft as the source of the noise I would have a complete inspection of the cradle and rack mountings.
Agreed. It is always wisest to verify the condition of all components within the steering system which could influence the noise about which the OP is concerned.

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...The coupler has a pinch bolt that holds it on. Take that pinch bolt off, pull shaft out, grease splines of shaft and reinstall. I used to have to do this to my wife's 2002 every couple years. Her 2003 has not needed it yet tho it's not hard once it does.
True - one can lubricate the splines referred to here. It's not a major job, but one should have a manual available for reference' sake whether as a hard copy or online from http://alldatadiy.com/. Let us know if you need more help.

As for the new aftermarket replacement part by Dorman, p/n 425-101, there are still some sources which claim to have it on hand although Dorman's website states it's not available. If you really need that item, would this online seller be useful to you?

http://candidautoparts.com/Product/D...6-5BD341F20887

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