Intermediate Shaft Symptoms
Worn and binding steering couplings bind about every half turn or so. This binding occurs when one of the four bearings in the universal joint is worn or has become contaminated and lost its lubrication. This problem is typically caused by the lower joint because it’s in the engine compartment and more exposed to the environment.
Intermediate shafts contain two collapsable interconnected parts that can make a clunking and grinding sound when worn. They are shielded to protect the joint from the environment and prevent premature wear.