Steering column noise - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Tech Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 09-21-2013, 03:20 PM   #1
Jeeper
 
vertical horizons's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Houston, Tx
Posts: 1,683
Steering column noise

I test drove a 1997 Wrangler today, and found that the steering wheel makes a noise when you turn it. I can't really describe the noise, but what would make it make a noise? I could not feel any thing loose under the hood, and everything looked tight.

Kind of vague, I know. Any ideas?

__________________
2003 Wrangler Sahara, 4.0L, Automatic, Stock, Full Metal Doors, Half Doors, Running 31x10.50x15s
vertical horizons is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-21-2013, 03:43 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
NC Bear's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,469
there is a rubber boot at the firewall that the steering column passes through into the engine compartment. Slide it up and grease the hell out of it with silicone grease, and replace the boot. I have to do it about 3 times a year...

__________________
97 Jeep TJ, the only hole she can't climb out of is DEBT.




NC Bear is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-21-2013, 04:03 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
horsedad58's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Riverview Fl
Posts: 212
My 05 does something similar. Sort of a knocking rattling noise when I rock the wheel back and forth when stopped or at low speed.

I've replaced the column, replaced the lower shaft bushing, shimmed the upper shaft sliding joint (there the column would collapse in an accident.) Checked every u-joint in the shaft by removing and checking each one for looseness or slop... everything is tight and in good shape but I still get the clunk...

I am beginning to think mine is too much end play in the steering box.. but that cost big $$$ to just replace for noise. My steering isn't sloppy so right now I'm just living with it....
__________________
Thanks,

Horsedad58
Horse: the original off road rig.
Jeep: just as fun and no stall to muck.
horsedad58 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-21-2013, 06:05 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
OhSixTJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 1,110
Quote:
Originally Posted by horsedad58 View Post
My 05 does something similar. Sort of a knocking rattling noise when I rock the wheel back and forth when stopped or at low speed. I've replaced the column, replaced the lower shaft bushing, shimmed the upper shaft sliding joint (there the column would collapse in an accident.) Checked every u-joint in the shaft by removing and checking each one for looseness or slop... everything is tight and in good shape but I still get the clunk... I am beginning to think mine is too much end play in the steering box.. but that cost big $$$ to just replace for noise. My steering isn't sloppy so right now I'm just living with it....
Where's you find the lower bushing for sale?
OhSixTJ is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-21-2013, 06:16 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
s14sh3r's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Clayton, OK
Posts: 2,049
Mine sounds kinda like this when it gets colder:



A little white lithium grease on the boot the column goes through and I'm good to go.

*EDIT*

Found an actual video of the noise mine makes.

http://s1216.photobucket.com/user/an...a3012.mp4.html
s14sh3r is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-21-2013, 07:16 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
horsedad58's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Riverview Fl
Posts: 212
Quote:
Originally Posted by OhSixTJ View Post

Where's you find the lower bushing for sale?
Actually i didn't buy it.... when I replaced the column, I was given a liberty column. Both the TJ and the liberty use the same column. You have to strip must of the plastic and swap key cylinders and code readers but the aluminum core, mounts, bearings are all the same. The yard gave me the column plus the liberty lower shaft. The shafts are different, even the plastic ends to the bushing assembly are different but the cage bearing inside is identical. My old bearing was dry, grinding and loose. The liberty bearing was almost new. I just undid the bolts and nuts on the bushing housing and popped it apart. Cleaned everything up, kinda pryed and pulled the old cage bearing out of the bushing sleeve and re-inserted the liberty bearing. Some new plastic compatible grease and put it all back together.

I know it sounds like a lot of work but it really took longer to write this than to rebuild the bushing. Plus if you can score the lower shaft from a u-pull-it place off a liberty, I expect it would be a lot less than the $300+ I see lower shafts selling for...
__________________
Thanks,

Horsedad58
Horse: the original off road rig.
Jeep: just as fun and no stall to muck.
horsedad58 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-21-2013, 08:22 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
vertical horizons's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Houston, Tx
Posts: 1,683
Quote:
Originally Posted by s14sh3r View Post

Found an actual video of the noise mine makes.

http://s1216.photobucket.com/user/an...a3012.mp4.html
That's EXACTLY what it sounded like.
So, it's just a 'needing to be greased' issue?
__________________
2003 Wrangler Sahara, 4.0L, Automatic, Stock, Full Metal Doors, Half Doors, Running 31x10.50x15s
vertical horizons is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-21-2013, 10:07 PM   #8
Jeeper
 
s14sh3r's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Clayton, OK
Posts: 2,049
Quote:
Originally Posted by vertical horizons View Post
That's EXACTLY what it sounded like.
So, it's just a 'needing to be greased' issue?
Yeah. You'll see several threads with this once it starts getting cooler. Look under the dash and see where the column enters the rubber boot. It gets dry and can make noise when the temperature starts getting cooler. I use white lithium grease in a spray can to quiet mine down. I usually have to do it a couple times a year.
s14sh3r is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-21-2013, 10:47 PM   #9
Jeeper
 
rjpark36's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: League City, TX
Posts: 333
Quote:
Originally Posted by s14sh3r View Post
Yeah. You'll see several threads with this once it starts getting cooler. Look under the dash and see where the column enters the rubber boot. It gets dry and can make noise when the temperature starts getting cooler. I use white lithium grease in a spray can to quiet mine down. I usually have to do it a couple times a year.
^This! Works like a charm for me, as it has for many others.

rjpark36 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Download our Mobile App

» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:06 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC