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Unread 04-21-2014, 06:47 AM   #1
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Tip of the Day - Knocking Through Steering Column

I have felt a pretty severe knock through the steering column since I put the Jeep on the road. The lower bearing retainer was loose in the column and the entire shaft would move about 1/8" either direction.

I expect the retainer should be a snug fit in the column but mine is not, and the C-clip simply keeps the retainer from slipping out.

I pulled the clip and put it in a safe place, where I will not be able to find it later and put a 2" hose clamp around the end of the column and bearing retainer, I can only detect a slight movement in the lower shaft now and this is probably a combination of the bearing fit to the shaft and the bearing fit to the bearing housing.

Much improved, cheap and fast.

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Unread 04-21-2014, 02:11 PM   #2
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In a left turn I sometimes get this too. Not really bad, but annoying. The only thing I can find is that lower bearing just a tad loose - if you grab the u-joint you can shake it a little. I might just try your remedy. Thanks!
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Unread 04-23-2014, 01:43 PM   #3
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I have the same issue. Not sure if I needed to replace that bearing

I have a 3" body lift. Do u have a body lift?
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Unread 04-23-2014, 03:29 PM   #4
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No body lift on my 7, I do have an aftermarket steering shaft but after installing the clamp its all tight.
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