What is an intermediate shaft in an engine?
What is an intermediate shaft, you ask? An intermediate shaft is used to transfer motion from one component to another, via chains. In this case, it is transferring motion from the crank shafts to the camshafts. It also keeps everything in time and rotating in unison, like the gears in a fine clock.
Why do some manufacturers use an intermediate shaft?
It offers higher torsional rates over traditional slip joints with improved noise characteristics and durability performance. This joint can be used in vehicles that require the intermediate shaft to stroke while maintaining torsional performance.
How do you know if your intermediate steering shaft is bad?
- Grinding Sounds When Turning the Wheel. Audible noises in your vehicle that don’t sound normal indicate a problem.
- Steering Tilt Doesn’t Work. The best feature of the steering wheel is the tilt.
- Wheel Turns Roughly.
- Steering Wheel Doesn’t Return to Center.