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Old 05-21-2009, 01:55 PM   #1
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Rattle on new Wrangler

I just bought an '09 JK. I have a rattle that seems to be coming from the steering column or further down into the steering mechanism. I hear it when i hit certain bumps but not all the time. It comes and goes. I can feel the vibration in the steering wheel and it sounds to be coming from in front of me. Not sure if its in the firewall area or further into the engine bay. Has anyone experienced this?

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Old 05-21-2009, 02:06 PM   #2
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Have the same problem with a 08 Sahara Unlimited. They chaged the stabiliser shock but didn't change anything. Going back to the dealer next week.

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Old 05-21-2009, 02:27 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear. I took mine in and couldn't reproduce the rattle. I'm going to find a road near the dealer that will produce the rattle and then take them on a drive. It's minor but very annoying and I'm concerned that it might develop into a more serious problem. Let me know what happens. Apparently we are not the only ones who have experienced this. I just googled it and found a couple similar stories.
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Old 05-21-2009, 07:42 PM   #4
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search on JK-forum.com There is a fix for this involving the steering shaft and where it goes through the firewall and/or the joint in the steering shaft near the u-joint.
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:14 AM   #5
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Annoying noise/clunk in Steering Column - JK-Forum.com - The Ultimate Jeep JK Wrangler Bulletin Board

Here's the link. Printed out the onle forum discution on this issue and will bring to the dealer for them to read that I'm not the only complaining about this problem. The answer for the problem is in the tread...replace Intermediate and lower steering shaft.

Hope this helps others like me.

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Old 05-22-2009, 08:25 AM   #6
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to be more specific, there is an easy fix if you choose to deal with it yourself rather than dealer.

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Old 05-26-2009, 09:58 PM   #7
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thanks. I'm going to try the fix this weekend. rob
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:37 AM   #8
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For over a year I had an elusive rattle coming from the center dash area. Sounded like the front of the Jeep was going to fall off and would even rattle when sitting still at a light. I finally traced it to the A/C where they penetrate the firewall. The lines had side to side play and would vibrate against the firewall. I stuffed some foam pipe wrap in there to prevent the movement and the problem was solved. The rattle was driving me insane and now it is like an entirely different vehicle.
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Old 05-29-2009, 10:12 AM   #9
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Thanks Mike. That's good to know. I think most of the people who are experiencing a rattle in that area and felt in steering wheel should know that it is most likely the known problem with the steering shaft. The problem is that the steering shaft is placed directly above the manifold. The heat from the manifold causes expansion of metal and causes low end grease to break down. The problem will not be noticeable at first but over time it will progrssively get worse and result in an annoying rattle. The easiest way to determine if this is the cause of your problem is to pop the hood, grab a hold of the lower/intermediate steering shaft (where the upper and lower meet at the u joints) and see if you can shake it back and forth. If you have unnecessary play in the shaft you will be able to reproduce the rattle. The second you hear the rattle you will know that's it. See above for how to fix this problem.
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Old 05-29-2009, 10:49 AM   #10
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Luckily, I don't have the steering shaft probelm - yet.
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Old 05-29-2009, 12:12 PM   #11
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you're lucky! i've only had mine for 4 weeks (600 miles) and it's started already. I'm going to try and make the repair this weekend
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Old 05-29-2009, 03:51 PM   #12
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no rattle yet at 2500 miles am i just one of the lucky ones? or should i expect the rattle at some point this is the first time im hearing about this so i was just wondering how common a problem this is.
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Old 05-29-2009, 04:30 PM   #13
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Two different jk 08s no rattle tattle. 14K miles on the current 08 and 14Kmiles on the one that went back to chrysler.
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:02 PM   #14
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well, it could show up but if it does its not really that big of a deal to fix yourself. just pissed me off because it started right after i bought mine. im going to fix it this weekend. ill let you know how it turns out
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Old 06-06-2009, 10:48 PM   #15
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Removed the steering shaft today and greased it using a heavy 5th wheel/lithium based grease. The rattle is gone. I definitely recommend this fix to anyone who experiencing the same problem. It takes less then an hour to make the repair and helps a lot. Thanks to everyone for the tips. - Rob
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:39 AM   #16
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Update - The rattle stayed away for about 2 weeks and now is back. I used the correct, heavy duty 5th wheel grease as suggested. I contacted Borgeson today and offered a significant amount of money to have them custom build a new shaft. This weekend I think I'm going to experiment with weighting the shaft. I know that is not recommended but I am very desperate to get rid of this annoying problem. I'll update again soon.

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