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1986 s-10 truck steering shaft linkage worn?

Hello I am trying to tighten up the steering in this truck and am lookin at the steering wheel, and its associated linkage that connects it to the gear box........Does the shaft coupler to the gear box that has the rubber universal joint go bad? I tried to move it back and forth against itself and it does move a little, are these things supposed to be rock solid with no play or should I just fix the up and down thing that the steering wheel does due to loose tilt bolts inside the column?..........and i am still deciding if I should get the tool to totally take apart the column or just locktite the bolts I can get at and leave it at that. I know there are 4 bolts to tighten but whats the draw backs of only tightening two.........any ideas would be apprieciated.....thanks

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Yes tighten the steering wheel first. The idler arm is more than likely loose, along with most of the steering linkage. The rag joint will have some play but not much.

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Something else to check.
On the intermediate shaft, above the rag joint there is another joint (GM manual says pot joint) over time they can wear. I replaced the shaft on my Bravada (S 10 Blazer) with a new one from GM, I checked into aftermarket and couldn't find any that bolt in. Borgeson makes all of the parts but you would have to fabricate, cost was going to be similar.
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the steering shaft can be replaced with a jeep grand cherokee shaft from any junkyard. check out s-series.org for the write-up
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Fix the steering column first. Than replace the rag joint with either a new rag joint or the grand cherokee shaft already mentioned.

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