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post #1 of 29 Old 03-30-2012, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Stop the steering clunk

This is my first write up, so lets get started. I haven't seen anyone do this before. So I figured, self you do a write up and maybe it will help someone else.
I did not like the idea of squeezing grease in the steering shaft boot. I decided to add a grease fitting.
First go to your local beer fridge mine is in the garage.

Choose a frosty beverage

Then I marked the upper and lower shaft while mounted. I removed the shaft.
3/8 ratchet with a 12" extension and 13mm socket. Clamped on my table.

I took a hand file and filed down a flat area on the shaft and drilled a hole using a 7/32 bit.

I then loaded up the tap with grease. The tap was a 1/4-28 same as my grease fitting.

I then added blue threadlocker to my new grease fitting and snugged it down and pumped in some grease

Gave it a coat of paint and placed a grease fitting cover on it.
Note:Just give it a few pumps of grease or it will cause the shaft to extend and not move through its intended motion.


Installed in the jeep with plenty of clearance

It was pretty easy but perform this mod at your own risk
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post #2 of 29 Old 03-30-2012, 09:05 PM
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Nice!
Tasty looking beer selection too.

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great idea ... oh i like your beer fridge ..very nice
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Thanks guys. The I just had to throw some paint on the fridge.
Here is a pic of the measurement from the joint. If I did it again, I would place the fitting an extra 1/2" towards the top of the shaft. This would help someone using a deeply threaded grease fitting from contacting the shaft as it cycles

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I really like this idea. I didn't like the needle idea either. I would take the shaft all the way out and pull the boot up and grease it. I like your way better haha thanks

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I used a syringe with a 12 gauge needle filled with grease and injected it into the steering boot> Worked like a charm

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I used an old "snipe tool" we used to use to fill VW CV joints with grease. A piece of copper tubing with a zerk brazed on one end and a tapered cut on the open end. Slipped it under the boot and packed it full of grease. Three years, no issues, no more clunk.

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So thats what that fawking clunk is..........!

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This works great! I didn't even pull my shaft... Left it in, drilled and self tapped the grease fitting in. Greased her up until the little rubber plug at the top blew out along with half of the grease. Cleaned it up pushed the plug back in an Bravo. Took about 20 minutes total. Why didn't Jeep think of this!
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I'm glad it worked out for you. I haven't had to grease mine since I did the write up

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Ive got to do this mod, am tired of the clunk

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Went to buy fitting and found a grease needle that attaches to my grease gun.
Punctured the boot with it and filled it with grease.

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I used a syringe with a 12 gauge needle filled with grease and injected it into the steering boot> Worked like a charm
WOW !! totally worked like a charm .. No More Clunk .. Thanks

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Could someone explain the need to do this mod? I have a very slight clunk in my steering wheel when turning and was curious if this was the solution? Thanks!
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Did this mod today. One question, Any worries about the plastic zerk fitting cover melting next to the manifold?

I didn't install a cover.

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I installed the cover, but now it is MIA.
I think you will be fine. My zerk cover has been missing for a while now

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so tonight i was parked in the garage jeep on and i turned the steering wheel from side to side...when i turned passenger then back driver i heard a clunk sound...is that what this is supposed to fix or is that something else?
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so tonight i was parked in the garage jeep on and i turned the steering wheel from side to side...when i turned passenger then back driver i heard a clunk sound...is that what this is supposed to fix or is that something else?
Check your track bar bolts just to be on the safe side, if they have loosened up you will get a clunk too..
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Is adding grease a mask for the real problem? Mine started clunking the other day. With my hand on the box i could feel the clunk so i assume thats where its coming from. Havent looked into the bolts on the trac bar or drag link, ect yet. But i dont just want to add grease to the boot every few thousand miles to have the clunk return.

From what I understand I am unable to go the Redneck route because i have a 2010, is PSC my only other option? I rather not spend X amount of money on another stock box for it to just fail again, so why not pony up and go assist and not have to worry about it again. Am i wrong for thinking this? Thanks

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Why can't you? You might just need a new box. And I have the hydro assist and still have the clunk... It's probably that gay intermediate shaft now.

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Why can't you? You might just need a new box. And I have the hydro assist and still have the clunk... It's probably that gay intermediate shaft now.
I thought I read that the box in the 2010+ are different from previous years and redneck wont/cant tap them for hydo. I could be very wrong, Ill have to go back and do some more research on that. Sucks you still have the knock after adding the assist. Greased my boot sunday, honestly havent noticed/payed attention if the knock is still there... Will pay closer attention tomorrow on the way to work, did you go the redneck route, PSC, or tap it yourself?

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I thought I read that the box in the 2010+ are different from previous years and redneck wont/cant tap them for hydo. I could be very wrong, Ill have to go back and do some more research on that. Sucks you still have the knock after adding the assist. Greased my boot sunday, honestly havent noticed/payed attention if the knock is still there... Will pay closer attention tomorrow on the way to work, did you go the redneck route, PSC, or tap it yourself?
I have a 2010. I also have hydro assist. Tapped the box myself. I used WTO lines and a PSC ram.


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I have a 2010. I also have hydro assist. Tapped the box myself. I used WTO lines and a PSC ram.
Well damn, idk what I read than. Thanks for the heads up, did you used Goody's thread to do it? Would love to get it done for around $300 instead of 2k!

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