HAVE CLUNKING NOISE IN STEERING COLUMN

  • Tiny
  • fdtruks
  • Dodge Ram

I have a clunking noise in my steering column on a 1996 dodge ram 4x4 ext-a-cab. 143,000km
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Saturday, April 1st, 2006 AT 9:40 AM

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  • losone
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Explain exactly the meaning of a clunking noise so us Mississippi back yard mechanics can understand the noise. Thanks

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Saturday, April 1st, 2006 AT 3:22 PM
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Okay here goes nothing guys--- every time I'm driving and hit even the smallest bump my column shakes and literally clunks--like it's going to break loose--i have checked within the column and even heard of tie wrapping it to with no luck---from another backyard mechanical chick

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Saturday, April 1st, 2006 AT 9:23 PM
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  • losone
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I expect the "clunking" isn't coming from the steering column but is a "transfered" noise from a worn steering component. The idler arm is a prime candidate for a clunk. Take it to a mechanic you trust and have the front end checked like tie rod ends, ball joints and shocks. I think that will ilolate your clunk. Don't wait too long, you don't want to loose steering control--It could ruin your whole day.

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Sunday, April 2nd, 2006 AT 9:04 AM
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  • vandragon
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From a tennessee shade tree mech. I would say idler arm, "Geterdone"

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Monday, April 3rd, 2006 AT 11:55 AM
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Well the Mississippi oak tree mechanic agrees with vandragon and Geterdone!

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Monday, April 3rd, 2006 AT 12:01 PM
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  • codysowell
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My clunking sound is worse when engine is cold. And the steering wheel feels like it is hanging up on something and then it breaks free only to continue over and over again.

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