[DML] Re: Steering Column Rattle
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[DML] Re: Steering Column Rattle


I had a similar issue with my steering column and thought that I just
had a bad bushing... Until Tony and his guys down @ DMCFL (shameless
plug) checked it out and told me it was my upper shaft, U joint, both
Tie Rod ends and rack boots that needed replacing.  I assume that one
or a combination of these things was the root of my problem.  (I'm
guessing it was just the shaft and U joint)  Just a little heads up,
the upper shaft is like $364 new... Does anyone know why this part is
so expensive?


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Jeremiah Montee <angelito03299@xxxx>
> Here's one that started on the trip home from
> Birmingham to Pensacola.
> My steering column has some kind of rattle.  It will
> rattle almost ANYTIME.  When you shut the door, turn
> the wheel to the left or the right, take a bump in the
> road, take a corner hard - anytime.  I have tightened
> the steering wheel adjustment knob underneath the
> kneepad as tight as possible with no effect.  The
> whole column appears to be a bit loose, as I can grab
> the wheel and move the whole column up about maybe
> half an inch.  If I put both hands on the wheel and
> apply downward force while driving, it will not
> rattle, but if I "casually drive", it will rattle to
> no end.  This is not the normal "give" in the steering
> column with a 25 year old suspension; this "rattle"
> whenever the car interacts with any bump, groove,
> pothole, pebble, curve in the road is BEYOND
> irritating.  I'm going to tighten every bolt,nut, and
> screw in the footwell area of the driver's
> compartment.  Would these symptoms be indicative of a
> loose connection at the point where the steering
> column and steering rack meet?  I have no play in the
> steering itself; it is as tight as can be.
> Jeremiah
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