clicking in steering column when parking on 2008 Ford Escape

My 2008 Escape when parking my car and moving the steering wheel from left to right I can feel and hear a clicking noise it sounds like it's coming from the lower left front down by the wheel. Doing research on the computer ran across someone who said they were told it was a lower steering column connector that was worn out. Has anyone else had this problem. Ford dealer whats $80.00 just to do a diagonstic.

by in Burlington, KY on October 18, 2010
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2 answers 3 comments
ANSWER by , October 20, 2010
There indeed is a Technical Service Bulliten (10-13-02) that may apply to your car for this concern. It does indicate some vehicles have noise from the steering shaft and u-joint at the shaft. This should solve your issue. I cannot estimate a cost totally accurately for you, but I would guess it would be $300-$400.
COMMENT by , October 24, 2010
Thank you very much for your response. Is the Technical Service Bullentin within this web site?
COMMENT by , October 24, 2010
No, I'm sorry it is not. You may be able to contact your local Ford dealership to get more information.
COMMENT by , April 28, 2011
I found the TSB on the Ford Website. Go to the Ford website, at the top is a tab for TSB's, then look up your vehicle. I printed it and my husband took it to the dealer but they wouldn't do anything. He then called the Ford service line number they gave him and they wouldn't do anything either. Fortunately, my husband can do the repair.
ANSWER by , April 28, 2011
We have had this just happen on our Ford Escape. My husband was a Ford Mechanic for 20 years and diagnosed it. It is an upper U-joint in the steering column. We have 28,000 miles on it and it is just out of the 3 year warranty. They want 400 dollars to fix it and Ford won't pay. There is a Technical Service Bulletin on this that I located. The dealer said there is nothing they can do.