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Old 06-17-2013, 08:39 PM
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Steering "Pop"/"Clunk" feeling

I have a 2010 Sahara JKU without a lift (unfortunately) or any other suspension mods. Recently while driving I can feel a "pop" or "clunking" with slight movements of the wheel from left to right. And when I say slight I mean while driving straight if I move the wheel left or right just enough for minor driving corrections. It's really annoying and I Hope it's nothing major. The Jeep has about 50,000 miles on it. I didn't notice it before but it's definitely noticeable now. Anybody else had this issue. Thanks....
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northridge grade 8 bolt kit and an adjustable front track bar (personal preference - teraflex)... done!

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Ill look into that. Thanks!
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check out these threads:

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http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/tra...ff-157602.html

the upgraded bolts and bigger track bar will significantly tighten your steering... whether you have a lift or not.
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Mine does this as well. However it only does it when the air temperature is warm and the vehicle is at full operating temps. I have read a few threads where in some cases it is the steering shaft that is the issue. The part of the steering shaft that has the rubber boot around it particularly. Some have slid the boot down and filled it with grease and re attached and have had success. The theory is that the heat from the exhaust heats up the shaft and causes more play in it then when cold.
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Mine does this as well. However it only does it when the air temperature is warm and the vehicle is at full operating temps. I have read a few threads where in some cases it is the steering shaft that is the issue. The part of the steering shaft that has the rubber boot around it particularly. Some have slid the boot down and filled it with grease and re attached and have had success. The theory is that the heat from the exhaust heats up the shaft and causes more play in it then when cold.
I had the same problem. Did this and it went away. I replaced the retaining rings with hose clamps to make it easier next time.
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Mine does this as well. However it only does it when the air temperature is warm and the vehicle is at full operating temps. I have read a few threads where in some cases it is the steering shaft that is the issue. The part of the steering shaft that has the rubber boot around it particularly. Some have slid the boot down and filled it with grease and re attached and have had success. The theory is that the heat from the exhaust heats up the shaft and causes more play in it then when cold.
This! I bought the jeep used this past winter and there was no issue. It's been pretty warm in chicago recently and that's when I started noticing it more. Thanks! Ill look into this also.
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Mine was doing this yesterday on a trip! I'm not real mechanically inclined, any write up to help do this?
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Very simple, its just a bolt swap. Those factory bolts are worn out and need replacing. Take one out, put new one in.
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I have the same issue - though it does not seem temperature related. Is there a ready made bolt kit out there?
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nevermind - if I had paid attention to the first part of this string I would had seen the mention of the northridge kit.

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