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post #1 of 15 Old 03-23-2010, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Steering Wheel Noise - WJ Overland

I'm have a rubbing noise coming from the top of the steering column somewhere around the steering wheel. What's odd is that it only makes this sound when making a left turn and it's more pronounced when the car is cold.
I'd appreciate it if anyone has some insight as to what the noise is or where it could be coming from. I called the service dept at the dealer and he thinks it could be the clockspring but it seems like it's coming from a little lower.

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post #2 of 15 Old 03-24-2010, 01:49 AM
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My ZJ does the same thing but when I turn to the right......I thought it may be the pump but it can't be heard outside the jeep.

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post #3 of 15 Old 06-04-2010, 07:26 PM
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I finally took my '04 Limited into the dealer for the exact same thing, a rubbing noise coming when turning left. He couldn't find anything wrong and he said the steering column is starting to go bad. $1200 repair.
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post #4 of 15 Old 06-04-2010, 09:46 PM
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Mine makes the same noise. Only when turning left too. I am goin to try to lube the intermediate shaft where it goes through the firewall and see if that helps.

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post #5 of 15 Old 06-04-2010, 10:09 PM
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my and my uncles WJ make a noise, i think its common to a point
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post #6 of 15 Old 06-05-2010, 08:00 AM
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My '99 does it too. Worse when cold. Sounds more like a plastic-on-plastic cracking sound. Sorta like plastic dash parts rubbing together. I try to ignore it.
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post #7 of 15 Old 06-15-2010, 02:00 PM
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There are TSB's for this issue
http://www.wjjeeps.com/tsb/tsb_wj_190600.pdf
http://www.wjjeeps.com/tsb/tsb_wj_1900301a.pdf
I am starting the repair on mine with the cheaper of the two fixes. Will let know how it goes.
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post #8 of 15 Old 06-16-2010, 08:32 PM
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Replaced the hoses today and the noise went away for the most part. Happens rarely now. The powersteering fluid was very dirty so I wonder if that had something to do with it. might try a couple fliud changes and see what happens.
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post #9 of 15 Old 06-16-2010, 09:36 PM
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happens to mine going in both directions.

dealer said it was a 600 dollar repair so... HA

doesnt really bother me tho.

i have a radio, and i use it
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post #10 of 15 Old 06-16-2010, 09:42 PM
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DIY
50 bucks for hoses and fluid,140 for the steering gear. less then 200 and about 2 hours on the high side.
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post #11 of 15 Old 06-16-2010, 10:14 PM
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you guys realize that the clockspring is a wound up ribbon cable in the column?

Mine makes that noise, and i KNOW for sure its the clockspring cable, because it never made that noise until I changed it!!!!
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post #12 of 15 Old 06-16-2010, 10:31 PM
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I completely dissconnected the steering column from the gear box and turnes the gear box with a wrench. Made the noise that the TSB's refer to. Defintely not the column on mine, although I thought it was at first.
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post #13 of 15 Old 06-22-2010, 04:39 PM
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Well i just completed the project and replaced the steering gear. To my suprise the noise is completely gone. Looks like the TSB's were right. Thought you might like to know. With the clockspring issue maybe you got a bad one.
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post #14 of 15 Old 06-22-2010, 04:48 PM
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so it was the steering gear?

how much does that cost
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post #15 of 15 Old 06-22-2010, 04:54 PM
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I replaced the powersteering hoses and gearbox, bought a steering arm puller and a 33mm socket, and 2 quarts power steering fluid.

Pwr steer gear 140.00
steering hoses 50.00
steering arm puller 15.00
33mm socket 10.00
2 qt pwr steer fluid 10.00

Total 225.00 lifetime warranty on the gear box and hoses

I did the work my self in about 2 hours taking my time. Really a very easy change out.
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