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"rattling" steering wheel

Discussion in '100-Series Cruisers' started by bluecruiser, May 24, 2011.

  1. bluecruiser

    bluecruiser New Member

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    My steering wheel rattles. When I am parked with the wheel straight, I can move the wheel side to side, in the "slack", where the wheels do not turn and there is a rattle from inside the steering wheel (or where it connects?).

    If I am turning or have the wheel outside of the "slack" area, there is no noise. It seems that the slight "slack" or play makes a noise....any ideas on how to get into steering wheel and check what it could be?

    Thanks
  2. bluecruiser

    bluecruiser New Member

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    no ideas? Any ideas on how to look at the inner workings of the steering wheel?

    Thanks
  3. 2000UZJ

    2000UZJ Where's My Hammer?

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    mine has a little slack when off and on flat ground. I think it's normal, a little play gathering at all the linkages. I could be wrong though. Driving it's fine. I don't have a rattle, but I can make it "knock" when I wiggle it quickly back and forth (no homo)
  4. bluecruiser

    bluecruiser New Member

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    the little bit of play is fine with me....the rattling type noise is kind of annoying. it will rattle slightly on rougher asphalt, speed bumps, etc.

    I just think something in there could be adjusted...

    thanks
  5. jgray

    jgray New Member

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  6. 2000UZJ

    2000UZJ Where's My Hammer?

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    Creepy. Coming down the street with a fresh patch job it was some nice :.:.:.: style bumps. My wheel does it too. Just starte I guess.

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  7. bluecruiser

    bluecruiser New Member

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    thanks for the info and the compliment...it has been rattling for awhile...it is just really starting to annoy me....
  8. justdifferentials

    justdifferentials Supporting Vendor

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    steering noise

    Before you pull the steering wheel, check the column joint. there is a ujoint and a rubber damper joint. Hold the joint with one hand and rock the wheel, see if that is where it's coming from.

    Mine is a bit loose and more noticeable after Moab and the 2k+ mile trip. I just ordered a replacement, as well as an extra to keep on the shelf.
    Last edited: May 25, 2011

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