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Brad S
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 5:37 am    Post subject: steering wheel shaft clicking Reply with quote

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When I turn the steering wheel back and forth you can hear a clicking or knocking noise. I shut off the jeep and my wife continued to turn the wheel back and forth the little bit that it would with the engine off. It appears that the clicking/knocking noise is coming from the steering wheel shaft that runs to the steering box, but I'm not sure what it could be.

Any ideas?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

no one has any ideas?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No very concrete ones, I'm afraid. It might be u-joints on the shaft, possibly a bearing going out, either in the steering column or the steering box at the intake shaft. If the noise seems to originate inside the vehicle it might be the clock spring or the indicator return mechanism. I would probably try to check the U-joint(s?) for play, maybe even disconnect the shaft so it/they can be checked for stiffness.

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Brad S
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 4:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I was planning on disconnecting the shaft this weekend to see the noise still happened without it hooked to the steering box. I'll post up what i find.
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