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Steering Clunk Fix?

What's up guys, anybody ever find a resolution to the "Steering Clunk" on the JK's? I've heard its inside the rubber boot before the firewall under the hood, but cant seem to fix it even after regreasing. I can feel it in the steering wheel over very little bumps and sometimes none at all when i wiggle the wheel or turn, and could hear the clunk. Only happens when warmed up for 10 min or more.
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You gotta work the grease into the splines.

More info here:
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fill mine with grease every time i feel it...

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Mine had a problem that had nothing to do with grease. Yours might be the same or not, but I'll tell you what mine was and what fixed it.

There's a plastic collar on the steering shaft right where the shaft exits the engine side of the firewall. This plastic collar will slide downward over time. Take a small ball-pean hammer and/or punch and tap it back up toward the firewall. If it moves back up when you tap it, that's your problem. If it's tight against the firewall, it's not the same problem I had.

After tapping mine back up into place, the clunk was gone. However, the collar gradually slid back down over the course of a month or two and the clunck returned. When it did, I tapped the collar down (instead of up) to make the gap bigger, I mixed up a little 5 minute expoxy, and spread a thin coat on the steering shaft. After that I tapped the collar back into place. The problem is now fixed for good. I haven't had any issues for 6 months or so now.

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Mine had a problem that had nothing to do with grease. Yours might be the same or not, but I'll tell you what mine was and what fixed it.

There's a plastic collar on the steering shaft right where the shaft exits the engine side of the firewall. This plastic collar will slide downward over time. Take a small ball-pean hammer and/or punch and tap it back up toward the firewall. If it moves back up when you tap it, that's your problem. If it's tight against the firewall, it's not the same problem I had.

After tapping mine back up into place, the clunk was gone. However, the collar gradually slid back down over the course of a month or two and the clunck returned. When it did, I tapped the collar down (instead of up) to make the gap bigger, I mixed up a little 5 minute expoxy, and spread a thin coat on the steering shaft. After that I tapped the collar back into place. The problem is now fixed for good. I haven't had any issues for 6 months or so now.

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Epoxy might be too extreme...just saying. If you ever need to remove the column (doubtful, but who knows...), you'll be hating life. I just placed a hose clamp just below the collar - permanently fixed and still easily removable.

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It could also be the pittman arm. I had a similar clunk, they replaced the intermediate steering shaft and that helped, but didn't fully resolve the problem. I thought it was the axle end of the draglink, replaced that with a friends brand new one after he flipped his draglink, problem was still there. Checked for any play with the wheels on the ground by turning the steering wheel back and forth and having someone feel the pittman arm/drag link connection and you can feel just enough play that when you go over a bump or turn you can feel it.
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Epoxy might be too extreme...just saying. If you ever need to remove the column (doubtful, but who knows...), you'll be hating life. I just placed a hose clamp just below the collar - permanently fixed and still easily removable.
Thin layer... Yes, it will come apart, but I know where you're coming from.

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