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    Hey guys have a small question. I have a 2003 chevy 1500 and i have noticed for awhile that i have a little free play in my steering wheel! when centered it moves about an inch right to left before it catches resistance from the gear. I know its not a big deal coming from me but its driving me nuts, i cannot seem to find it anywhere. I have replaced the rack, outer tie rods, inner tie rods, upper intermediate shaft and the only place i can think its coming from is in the column from the steering wheel down where the upper intermediate shaft connects, any advice on what this could be? I do work for a local gm dealership and have looked on SI about any failures or customer complaints on my issue but have not found anything, any help would be awesome, thank you.

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    have you replaced or lubed the lower intermediate shaft?

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    Checkout page 2 post #20. It is a relatively easy procedure and will not cost much. The solution is worth a try seeing that you already did a bunch of work already. It would at least rule the lower intermediate shaft out.

    1995 Silverado 4x4
    6" BDS Suspension Lift-3" Body Lift-Add A Leaf in rear -Trailmaster SSV Shocks-Duel Steering Stabilizer Kit -AirAid Cold air intake-
    4.56 Gears with Detroit Auburn Locker-Pro-Comp Traction Bars with duel shocks-Aluminum Skid Plate Kit-38.5" x 16.5" Mickey Thompson Baja Claws-Constant Dropping fuel gauge

    2005 Yukon XL Jet Power Programmer, Bilstein Shocks, Bilstein rear springs, Helwig Anti-sway bars, EGR Window Visors, EGR Hood Shield, Denali Headlights, Headlight harness upgrade, GE NightHawk Bulbs, White Night Rear lighting system, Russell Braided SS brake lines, PowerStop Brake pads, PowerStop cross drilled and Slotted Rotors,
    2002 Silverado ext cab 2wd (Sold)
    2003 Yukon XL (Totaled)

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    the only thing i have tried with the lower shaft is check for play by hand. This is whats weird, i can go underneath my dash and grab a hold of the upper intermediate shaft and then turn my steering wheel a little tiny bit to the right and left and there is a pause before it catches, so i don't know if it would be the lower or not but i understand what your saying about trying to lube it so i'm still on the hunt to figure it out. If anyone out there can test there steering wheel and see if its tight starting from center, see if there is a little slop left to right or are yours just tight and nice?

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    Ok its definitely coming from the column i took the upper shaft loose and moved the column shaft by hand and it has slack in it about a 1/4 of an inch and it is annoying any suggestions???

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