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Old 09-16-2012, 09:58 PM   #1
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steering column knocking

I'm a new jeep owner and a first time poster. I have an 05 LJ with 90K miles that has a slight knock/thump that I feel when turning left. It is only after it has warmed up a bit (I have no idea why this would affect a steering issue). I have seen several post about JKs having this problem frequently with the intermediate steering column, but TJ folks don't seem to be talking about it much. On the JKs it seems people get it fixed and it just comes back. Someone even said to "enjoy the knocks and thumps of owning a wrangler". I'm good with that as long as additional damage isn't being done to the jeep.

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Old 09-16-2012, 10:04 PM   #2
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I'm a new jeep owner and a first time poster. I have an 05 LJ with 90K miles that has a slight knock/thump that I feel when turning left. It is only after it has warmed up a bit (I have no idea why this would affect a steering issue). I have seen several post about JKs having this problem frequently with the intermediate steering column, but TJ folks don't seem to be talking about it much. On the JKs it seems people get it fixed and it just comes back. Someone even said to "enjoy the knocks and thumps of owning a wrangler". I'm good with that as long as additional damage isn't being done to the jeep.

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First off congrats and welcome to the forums! Secondly I'm not sure if I can help much but are you positive it's the sterling colum?

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Old 09-16-2012, 10:11 PM   #3
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Thanks and no, I'm not positive it is in the steering column.
BTW, there is a repair record that the steering stablizer/dampener was replaced at 60K.
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Old 09-16-2012, 10:36 PM   #4
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I have also shaken every rod in the front end. Everything seems solid.
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Old 09-16-2012, 10:42 PM   #5
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I have also shaken every rod in the front end. Everything seems solid.
The front track bar can seem solid with a load on it. When the load changes, it knocks. You might disconnect the axle end and see how solid the frame end really is.
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:40 AM   #6
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Check sway bar links? They tend to go out often. I had a knock in the front of mine that I couldn't find and it turned out to be my sway bar link. It was in such a position that I could pull it and what by and it wouldn't show any signs of being broken but one day I desided to shake the jeep back and forth to see if it was my shocks and found it was indeed my swaybar links. I'd see if you couldn't recreate the sound by standing on your front bumper and shacking the jeep around or by pushing on jeep. Also you should be able to reach your steering colum from under the hood. You could check on it to rule it out. And idk if all tjs have tilt steering wheels but mine would move slightly if it wasn't in the right position after being moved. It kind of knocked until I move it.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:09 PM   #7
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Did you ever fix the problem I have the same thing happening and its driving me nuts.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:16 PM   #8
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Did you ever fix the problem I have the same thing happening and its driving me nuts.
I had a similar issue, after doing everything I could have possibly thought of, I took it to a local offroad shop. They torqued all the bolts on the front end and it fixed the noise. They told me it was not just one thing and wasn't lose. Instead, some bolts were too tight, others were a tad bit loose. (Still don't know the difference between lose and loose. So I just used them both, one or the other has to be right haha.) goodluck, but that's my 2 cents
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:56 PM   #9
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It never really got worse. It was throwing a code for an unrelated problem and I asked them check it out. They found nothing wrong, but did torque down a few things. Seems to be a bit better.

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