I have a 2003 Sport with a clunking noise behind the dash/steering column. It is intermittent, and I have already read all the threads about steering column clunk. I checked my steering shaft, and there seems to be no lateral movement. I was talking to a friend's husband and he suggested it might be the steering wheel lock pin. I hadn't noticed before, but I do not have a functional steering wheel lock when I shut off the ignition and turn the wheel.
Did all manual TJ's come with a steering wheel lock? Is it possible that a steering lock pin could make that much of a clunking/rattle when hitting bumps?
I need to narrow this down somewhat before I go pay a mechanic to start digging, as I am not very mechanical.