Item #: EMF-DSB-3999
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One of the steering problems we found on our Ram Turbo Diesel trucks is that the little bushing on the intermediate steering shaft can wear allowing movement within the shaft.

An inexpensive fix to this problem is a bushing that can be pressed into the collar.

This bushing is machined out of aluminum and have a tapered end to allow for ease of installation. The whole process takes about 5 minutes to install, is extremely inexpensive and works wonders for your steering column.

Bushings sold as a pair.

These are included with each set of EMF ball joints for the 2003 and newer Ram trucks.

Before ordering, please inspect your intermediate steering shaft to make sure it has this type of steering shaft collar(shown in the photo) and that the hole should measure 0.6" diameter.

(Q&A courtesy of EMF)

QUESTION: Without removing the shaft, how can I tell that this is my issue?
ANSWER: Go look under your dash with the truck not running. You will see the silver bushing housing. Use a flashlight and you will have to be on your back on the floor. Have someone turn the wheel left and right and if the pin inside the hole (as seen in the pictures above) hits the side of the housing - this is your issue. Another tell-tale sign is if you're correcting between 11 and 1 o'clock on the steering wheel - more-so at slower speeds. Bad rod ends on the drag link can cause this issue as well, but you would see those moving up and down.

QUESTION: Do I need to remove the shaft before pressing these bushings in?
ANSWER: You don't have to but if you want to, you can. It takes approximately 1 hour to remove and 1 hour to re-install. However, you can install them using a hammer in about 5 minutes. Just tap them in 1/2 way on one side, 1/2 way on the other side and then finish one side at a time.

QUESTION: Will this work with my specific year/model of Dodge?
ANSWER: We do not have exactly every single year and model that this will work for, but it looks like most 1500/2500/3500 2003+ models will have this joint on the intermediate steering shaft. Your best bet is to have a look and see if you have this bushing housing before purchasing, and measure the hole. The hole is approximately 0.6" in diameter.


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Intermediate steering shift bushings
Sep 10, 2021  |  By Brian Snyder
These bushings work great, I was having a slight rattle in my steering wheel that was driving me nuts. Nothing wrong with my intermediate steering shift, the bushings fixed the problem immediately.I have a 2012 Ram 2500 diesel.

Nov 26, 2021  |  By Travis
'07 Ram 2500 diesel. Had 4+" of play in the wheel no matter the speed. Rebuilt the front end, still had a good 2+" of play. Saw EMF's video on the bushings and their solution to the fail-prone OEM intermediate shaft design. Simple, awesome solution to an annoying problem. I don't take time to review anything, almost ever. Enough said.

Awesome cost effective product!
Mar 2, 2022  |  By Cody
had a good amount of play and wondering, fixed alot of it. Great Product

Worth it
Oct 22, 2022  |  By Phillip Matusas
Installed these along with emf ball joints and made a huge difference in steering wheel play. Recommend getting these

They work great
Sep 11, 2023  |  By Thomas
If you think your steering box is worn internally and you truck seems to wander in the road. Give these a shot before you start replacing parts. I didn't know about them, they may not have even been a thing when I was looking for a solution to my sloppy on center steering. I replaced the steering box on my 07 2500 with a Mopar HD upgrade kit which was basically a much larger box like they used on the 4th gens. I remember expecting the old box to have a lot of play, but once removed it was still nice and tight. The new bigger box didn't really make much difference, if any. Then I happened upon the EMF bushing kit. So I decided to try it out. After about a 5min install I noticed a difference right away. I can't say how long they might last, but they sure do make truck drive much better down the road. I'm very happy with this product.

Install and Tech Information

Download EMF Intermediate Bushings Install.pdf