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      03-31-2014, 08:55 AM   #1
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Steering clunking noises

I need some help diagnosing a clunking noise I have been getting the past few months. It is only really noticeable when parked. Whenever I rock my steering wheel back and forth I get clunking noise upon transition from one direction to the other. Just before winter I did a full suspension refresh (see garage for pic of all the parts I swapped) so the majority of my suspension is new! The only thing I can think of is something in my steering rack. Some digging into the issue leads me to believe it could by my steering shaft universal joint failing (becoming very loose). Anyone else have this issue and fixed it? If so what did it end up being?

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try tightening the steering rack bolts .. sometimes they work loose. . .
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Did you replace your strut bearing plates?
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More than likely your tie rods in the bottom of hub, spec torque is astronomically high, I forget off hand, but like 100+ ft lbs, that fixed my clunk.
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try tightening the steering rack bolts .. sometimes they work loose. . .
I'll look into that thanks!

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Did you replace your strut bearing plates?
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Yes, if you check out my garage there is a pic of all new new crap I put into my car.

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More than likely your tie rods in the bottom of hub, spec torque is astronomically high, I forget off hand, but like 100+ ft lbs, that fixed my clunk.
I didn't DIY this install so I may have to yell at my mechanical. Will look into it!
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Got that same noise issue a few months back. Ending up with replaced steering rack under warranty. Look for a small leak mark on the rack
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Got that same noise issue a few months back. Ending up with replaced steering rack under warranty. Look for a small leak mark on the rack
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