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Unread 07-01-2010, 01:48 PM   #1
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Clunk fixed... damm dealer

After three trips to the dealer in the last six months I finally got the steering clunk fixed. What an ordeal I had to go through to finally get them to recognize there even was a problem. I could write a book on all the bull crap I went through with them. Anyhow, long story short, they replaced not only the intermediate shaft but also the other part that it slides into. So in other words the whole unit. Not sure how long it will last but at least for now the noise and feel of the clunk is gone. Damm how I hated it.
For anyone else that is having problems with the dealer on the clunk issue, demand to have them take you on a test drive. If they still say they feel and hear nothing, take it to a parking lot and go over a few speed bumps and make several turns back and forth. After a few minutes it will be so obvious even to them.

No cheers this time, I’m still pissed.

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Unread 07-01-2010, 02:34 PM   #2
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you know what i think i might have this too
mine only does it over bumps and stuff not when you turn
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Unread 07-01-2010, 02:39 PM   #3
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What do you mean by clunking? Sounds irritating.
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Unread 07-01-2010, 03:18 PM   #4
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you know what i think i might have this too
mine only does it over bumps and stuff not when you turn
It will, just give it more time.
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Unread 07-01-2010, 06:04 PM   #5
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It will, just give it more time.
^this...9000 miles and I have it now
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Unread 07-01-2010, 07:22 PM   #6
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There isn't a JK on or offroad that does not have a steering clunk or will not get one soon. There are no permanent solutions to this three year old problem.

Sadly, your problem will be back. Might as well accept it.
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Unread 07-01-2010, 07:35 PM   #7
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My new shaft lasted about 3k miles. Clunk back, worse than it was originally. Gave up trying. If my steering fails and someone gets hurt, we'll revisit the clunk.
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Unread 07-01-2010, 08:30 PM   #8
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There isn't a JK on or offroad that does not have a steering clunk or will not get one soon. There are no permanent solutions to this three year old problem.

Sadly, your problem will be back. Might as well accept it.
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Yep. I've just decided to live with it about two years ago. For those new to this (or new jk ownership) you'll see thousands of these "clunk" threads. Also to add to the OPs description, the clunk is worse the hotter the engine is run. Expanding metal ?? Who knows.


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Unread 07-01-2010, 09:54 PM   #9
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I had heard that Borgeson was going to come out with an aftermarket solution, and then they didn't...I am sure there must have been a market for it, their prototype must not have been up to snuff...
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Unread 07-01-2010, 10:00 PM   #10
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I have no clunk. There's a thread around somewhere with the fix for this. There is a sleeve or something on the shaft that slides down out of place. It can be moved back up and fastened with a clamp IIRC.
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Unread 07-01-2010, 10:01 PM   #11
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I have no clunk. There's a thread around somewhere with the fix for this. There is a sleeve or something on the shaft that slides down out of place. It can be moved back up and fastened with a clamp IIRC.
that is what I have done...only I haven't clamped it yet...I just hammer it back up in there each time it falls down...which is only when I wheel for the most part...
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Unread 07-01-2010, 11:03 PM   #12
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havent had one clunk and have 28k miles on it now with offroadings atleast once a month. No idea why it hasnt got to me yet, can anyone get a part number for the assembly so I can be ready for when it goes out as it sounds anooying? I will be out of warranty in just a week. Anyone know atleast how much it is?
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Unread 07-01-2010, 11:09 PM   #13
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havent had one clunk and have 28k miles on it now with offroadings atleast once a month. No idea why it hasnt got to me yet, can anyone get a part number for the assembly so I can be ready for when it goes out as it sounds anooying? I will be out of warranty in just a week. Anyone know atleast how much it is?
Don’t have a part number but you’ll be getting it in one week.
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Unread 07-01-2010, 11:46 PM   #14
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The problem with the clunk is that its not just the shaft that causes it. Loose bolts in the suspension, worn tie rod/drag link ends, worn steering gear can all cause that same knocking in the gas pedal.

The real issue is they used cheap parts/engineering on the front end of these things. Trust me, I have replaced 90% of my suspension with aftermarket. The only thing left is the box. My clunk was gone for over a year and now it is coming back over bumps.
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Unread 07-02-2010, 12:09 AM   #15
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Never had knocking in my gas pedal that I noticed. All the knocking was felt through the steering wheel along with a lot of knocking noise.
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