An Intermediate shaft connects the steering gear to the steering column.
Our steering was a joint venture between Bosch and ZF from 1999-2014. Some inventory remains with the old logo.
The I-shaft design is a ball slider. This allows the I-shaft to move to a set limit in and out to account for steering wheel adjustment as well as uneven roads.
No, the connector bolts that go through the U-Joints must always be replaced after they have been removed or loosened.