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Old 02-28-2013, 03:29 AM
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Steering wheel pop when turning left.

Guys, any ideas on what would cause the steering wheel itself to make a clunk pop just once, when turning left. It seems like the steering wheel is loose or something. I can't get it to do it turning right and the steering wheel doesn't have any play when you push it fowards and then pull on it. I can't seem to figure it out but it drives me crazy..
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:00 AM
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Check to see if your track bar is loose. Also check the track bar ball joint.
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:04 AM
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agreed mine was a track bar that bolt up high has a crazy torque spec
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:21 AM
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im not sure what the track bar is? Am i checking to see if it is loose? I know what a ball joint looks like. I am guessing it is a bar linked to the steering.

thanks guys,
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:26 AM
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................. this is a jeep but same location ours has a ball joint at the lower end and a bushing with thru bolt on top
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:27 AM
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Mine will also do it, but I think I have a bearing going out.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:55 AM
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Have someone move the streering wheel back and forth while you are looking at the track bar. You will be able to see if its loose or if there is play.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:20 AM
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great, thanks, so i am guessing the ball joint is what goes out on them? Do you know the torque spec on the bolt? "ZMANN".

Since the only two grease fittings on the truck are at the u joints on the front axle, ther is no real way to prevent this from happening right? It is just a normal wear item.

Thanks again the picture really helps,
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:22 AM
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Here you go. Its 406 ft/lb.

Tie Rod End —Inner, castellated nut....................90 Nm
Tie Rod End —Inner, Sleeve Clamp Bolts................55 Nm
Drag link to pitman arm nut.................148 ft-lb
Inner & outer tie-rod end nuts................85 ft-lb
Track bar bracket to frame.....................129 ft-lb
Track bar to track bar bracket bolt............406 ft-lb
Track bar to axle nut................................... 185 ft-lb
Radius arm to axle bolts, and bracket nut.........222 ft-lb
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:48 AM
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HOLY CRAP, I don't have a torque wrench that goes that high. thanks for the info. Whats the chances that i would ever have to take that off or that it would come loose?
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