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Old 08-27-2014, 07:43 AM   #1
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Weird feel in the steering.

There is a weird feel in the steering wheel at times. No a sound but just a feel. When driving at any speed I sometimes feel a "bump" in the steering wheel. I took it in to my local Jeep service and they checked it out but didn't really find anything. My rear axel seal were leaking and they said it could be from that. Had them fixed but I still feel the "bump". Anybody had experience with something similar? If so what was the issue? Thanks.

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Old 08-27-2014, 08:11 AM   #2
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Intermediate steering shaft. Fill the boot with grease and it'll stop. You can have the steering box replace but it will be back before you know it. I haven't filled my boot yet but that's what everyone says will fix it. I have just kind of got used to it.

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Old 08-27-2014, 08:31 AM   #3
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Usually if it's the intermediate shaft, it will be worse during rough, slow off road stretches. The heat seems to make it worse which makes diagnosis at a dealership more difficult -- though it is a known issue. I had that happen with mine too. So I purchased a grease syringe and some Lukas 'Red and Tacky' grease. I pressed the needle through the boot and filled it up. Then I manually squished it around to ensure that the grease had contacted all of the inner surfaces. It hasn't made a clunk since (maybe 40,000 miles).
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:33 AM   #4
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Thanks man, after doing a little research I've found the same solution. I'll give it a whirl this weekend. Mine's no too bad but I'm new to Jeep so I didn't want it to be something that could cost me later.
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:41 AM   #5
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If this doesn't solve the problem check the tie rod ends, ball joints, and steering stabilizer next. JKs have problems in this area. However I suspect that the dealership would have looked at those. So the half shaft is probably the best (and cheapest) place to start.
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:26 AM   #6
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If you really plan on doing this, if it doesn't bother you it would be nice that you take some pictures and post an how to.

I would really like to do mine.

People say it happen with the heat, however in my case, it's always in the morning when the car is " cold " and i feel it more on bad roads...

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Old 08-27-2014, 05:40 PM   #7
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BillyBilly, since your Jeep's symptoms are different, it would be interesting to hear if it turns out to be an issue with the half shaft or something else. Like you say, those of us who have been able to fix it usually noted that it was worse when hot.
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:57 AM   #8
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The feeling it gives me it's like if something is bumping on the steering column... I almost feel my steering wheel shaking, then i shake it to see if the steering wheel is loose but no...

And i'm driving straight when this happen and on a terrible road...

It's been a while since i got that feeling...
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:17 AM   #9
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It really sounds like the all too common intermediate shaft chatter that so many, including myself, have experienced. Greasing it is the most effective remedy. I also went that extra step and installed the "Chatter Eliminator", and no longer have the issue.
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:21 AM   #10
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The feeling it gives me it's like if something is bumping on the steering column... I almost feel my steering wheel shaking, then i shake it to see if the steering wheel is loose but no...

And i'm driving straight when this happen and on a terrible road...

It's been a while since i got that feeling...
Just another possibility opinion from a new Wrangler owner...
You mentioned this happens when going straight on rough roads.
I felt the front wheel bounce a couple of times after hitting bumps in the road, noticed this in all three new JKU's I test drove. I diagnosed this as factory shocks that couldn't quite keep the heavy solid front axle from bouncing. My trade vehicle was a 2005 Jeep Liberty with Bilstein shocks.

Wanting to keep my JKU in the garage, a lift was out so I purchased and installed Bilstein 4600 series shocks. No more after bump feeling in steering and also got about a 1/2" lift for free due to the gas pressure shocks

If a 4 lane road is in your area, have a friend drive beside you when passing over a bump and see if they notice the front wheel bounce a time or two.
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Old 08-30-2014, 08:41 AM   #11
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Ok most of you will call me crazy. Here is my similar experience and solution.
What you describe is exactly how I tried to explain it with my 2012.

I would feel a small vibration/clunk in the wheel when going over bumps. It really felt like a loose joint in the column. With time it slowly got worse and I could hear a chatter when it would happen. It seemed to be worse when turning or going up steeper hills or while accelerating.

Couldn't find anything loose anywhere. Service techs couldn't find anything and thought I was nuts. Well, the service manager went on a test drive, felt the problem before we left the lot, drove to a parking lot with lots of nice bumps.... grabbed the horn/airbag and it stopped instantly. Man did I feel dumb. It was literally right in front of my face and I couldn't figure it out. They fixed it and I have not had an issue since. Good luck
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Have felt the exact same thing and notice it more when it's hot - and after I've been on the road a bit. Not exactly a car tech person but can usually figure my way through things with some visuals, anyone able to post a pic of the best location to add the oil/grease? Mentions the "boot" but not sure what that is? Also, any specific types of lube work best? Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 05-05-2015, 07:01 AM   #13
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I know i'm digging up and old thread. But any help on how to find the boot of the intermediate steering shaft.

i didn't feel it all winter long but this morning, i could feel the knocking again. i'd like to grease it up this week-end.

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Old 05-05-2015, 07:06 AM   #14
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There is a weird feel in the steering wheel at times. No a sound but just a feel. When driving at any speed I sometimes feel a "bump" in the steering wheel. I took it in to my local Jeep service and they checked it out but didn't really find anything. My rear axel seal were leaking and they said it could be from that. Had them fixed but I still feel the "bump". Anybody had experience with something similar? If so what was the issue? Thanks.
I hope you find what the issue is. On a side note, if the dealer told you a leaking rear axle seal could cause your problem, I'd never go back there again.
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Open the hood and have somebody turn the steering wheel. Youll see the steering linkage with the boot moving.
I used a needle fitting and pumped the boot full of grease almost 4 years ago now. The clicking never came back.
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Old 05-05-2015, 01:21 PM   #16
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Men you would do me a huge favour if you went on google image and try to find something.

you would't want me to fill up my liquid washer tank with greace would you ? lol ! any image would help.

Thanks
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i hope you find what the issue is. On a side note, if the dealer told you a leaking rear axle seal could cause your problem, i'd never go back there again.
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Old 05-05-2015, 02:57 PM   #19
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So, i went to my local garage shop, told the guy i needed to show him something, popped the hood, Shown him the boot and told him i wanted him to fill it up with thick grease.

he asked, :" can i poke trough ? "

i said yes.

10,00 $ later it was done.

In canada, i looked up the grease and it's 5,50 $ and guns run at about 18,00 $ and the closest shop is far away so i tough it was a good idea.

I noticed the difference right away btw !

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