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Lower steering shaft on 88 dakota has a u-joint that is missing a cap on the joint pin. It results in excessive steering wheel play. The mechanic indicates it is only a dealer part at $150+. All that is needed is a cap of some sort (<$10). Any suggestions (power steered, non-tilt column)? Thanks

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Hello
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there is a u joint to be replaced on your steering shaft just after the steering shaft
open the hood look down to the steering shaft you will see a small u joint very common to go bad most auto parts stores carry the part
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