Looking for a Steering U-Joint (knuckle)

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Looking for a Steering U-Joint (knuckle)

Post by jimijuma » Sat Apr 04, 2020 2:51 pm

Steering is binding. It is the u-joint. Been on the hunt. Will one from an 80s MR2 work? Looks pretty darn similar. Anyone have one lying around they could part with?

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Re: Looking for a Steering U-Joint (knuckle)

Post by jimcrazy » Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:24 pm

go down one to part numbers,,,its all ready up on the home page

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Re: Looking for a Steering U-Joint (knuckle)

Post by jimijuma » Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:08 pm

jimcrazy wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:24 pm
go down one to part numbers,,,its all ready up on the home page
Saw your thread. Thanks. Looks like I will order that u-joint repair kit, part number 19-1010. That kit is for sale everywhere.

I also spotted this:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NO4NJHU/re ... IEbBW26NNE

Thoughts on that? Says it will work on a 85-88 Tercel.

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Re: Looking for a Steering U-Joint (knuckle)

Post by jimcrazy » Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:21 am

hard to say if it will work,,the power steering one and the manual steering are different but if its cheap enough may be worth a try

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Re: Looking for a Steering U-Joint (knuckle)

Post by Petros » Tue Apr 07, 2020 7:26 pm

it will not work on the early Tercels, '83-84. the configuration is different, early ones has a spline shaft at one end. it is not that difficult to replace just the u-joint. you can buy just the u-joint and install it. I did a thread on how to replace it.

Here is the instructions: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=9448&p=68623&hilit= ... int#p68623

Here is the part number for the replacement u-joint (about $20 a few years ago): viewtopic.php?f=16&t=10918
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Re: Looking for a Steering U-Joint (knuckle)

Post by Petros » Tue Apr 07, 2020 7:27 pm

if you soak your binding u-joints in motor oil it will hold up a bit longer. eventually it will fall apart, so make sure you get it replaced asap.
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Re: Looking for a Steering U-Joint (knuckle)

Post by The Professor » Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:49 am

When I first got my Tercel I had an issue with the steering joint stiffening up mid-corner. Sprayed it with either WD-40 or PB Blaster once, maybe 4 years ago, and have never given it a second thought. The oil took care of the binding in the joint.

Spend a few cents to see if it just needs some lube before you really tear into it.
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Re: Looking for a Steering U-Joint (knuckle)

Post by jimijuma » Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:40 pm

I am happy to report that the part I spotted on amazon is a perfect fit. Here is the link again:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NO4NJHU/re ... IEbBW26NNE

As Petro's stated, it will not work on the earlier Tercels. But if you have an '85-'88 T, an amazon account, $32.88, and about 15 mins, your steering can be smooth as silk.

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