Steering Clunk ?!?!

Jimzstang

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Hey everyone...

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Slightly left-right, or right-left on the steering wheel there is an audible CLUNK left, CLUNK right, or visversa....
Sounds like it's in the interior of the car, footwell area.

I did replace the inner and outer tierods very recently, and the sound was there before and after. Steering shaft joints? Rack bushings?

Any thoughts?
Thank in advance :)
 

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your def on the right track.
the rag joint is easy enough to see and replace too. and you can go with a u-joint upgrade.
The rack bushings you'll need help because someone will need to turn the wheel back and forth while your under the car.
 

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Thanks CC ... I'll check into what you advised, and find a helper for the steering rack!

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I think I may have found my clunk. Update to follow.
The rag joint looks good... The whole shaft is loose coming through the firewall... Yikes!

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Is this a serviceable part?
Does it have a name? Lol
Thanks in advance!
 

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I've never heard or seen one of those go bad. Or what it's called. Steering shaft support bearing?
I guess a trip to the salvage yard is in order. For research if nothing else.
 

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Well, I found out Ford calls it a steering shaft plate...
And ya, I think there's a bearing in there ...
Ford no longer offers this part :/
So a trip to the salvage yard is in the future!

That steering shaft sounds awesome... I wish I had the extra cash to throw at that part.
Thanks again for taking a minute to check the thread.

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That piece supports no weight. It isn't supposed to be rigid. The boot is just there as a seal, and any bearing or bushing you find in there, is just to keep the boot from snagging.

You're about to waste a whole lot of time, and money... Replacing that for a steering clunk.

Why not take the hour or so to remove your steering shaft, and check the u-joints in it.

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That's interesting Adderm ... I'll heed your advice.

I just need some tine away from work to check it out further haha

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