Clunk or Popping Noise From Intermidiate Steering Shaft on Dodge Dakota

A clunk or popping sound heard while turning may mean the intermediate steering shafts need realignment. Replacement of the upper intermediate shaft may be necessary.

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Average mileage: 103,798 (28,000–220,357)
13 model years affected: 1993, 1997, 1998, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
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2006 Dodge Dakota 81,234 mi,
makes nooise when i turn and also sometimes make the clunk sound when turning in bumps
2001 Dodge Dakota 181,111 mi,
Hard clank sound. Looking for answere
2005 Dodge Dakota 140,000 mi,
I have a loose steering wheel and a clicking sound when I turn the wheel. The dealer said that I need a new clock spring and a steering column replacement. I also have a leaky transfer case. After having paid off the Dodge Dakota 4x4 p/u, I'm having one major repair diagnosis after another. Over $2K was my quote. Is any of this under recall for the 2005 year?
Clunk or pop of steering shaft rod one accelerating from a stop
2007 Dodge Dakota 110,000 mi,
Steering fetches frequently, and fetches. With the use of some PB Blaster on the steering column ujoints it cuts the issue down, thus telling me that that is the issue. I have not yet replaced the column but have already ordered a replacement. This should really be a recall issue as it is a definite design flaw with an underbuilt steering joint that can not handle the load and stress of the truck.
2003 Dodge Dakota 89,000 mi,
I have the popping sound when turning and seems to be over bumps
2007 Dodge Dakota 78,000 mi,
Noise when steering screech and also the clunk on steering bumps! Dealer wants me to buy a steering column for $2000. This should be a recall with all the reports I have seen!
2006 Dodge Dakota 64,000 mi,
Excessive play in steering. The dealership tightened up steering and made a noise when turning.
2006 Dodge Dakota 151,987 mi,
cracking from the front end and when I go over a small bump in the road
2005 Dodge Dakota 167,000 mi,
Truck steers in increments rather than smoothly. Lots of play in the steering wheel, can be moved up and down. Also replaced tie rod and ball joints. Front end of this truck seems to always be an issue.
Intermediate steering shaft needs replacing. Clunking and popping plus alot of play on steering wheel
2007 Dodge Dakota 54,000 mi,
dodge Dakota b 2007 4x4 slx--car max fixed? tie rod/pinion steering..No good. 1 really same --poor steering/loose/buummmmpyyy front end???.warranty went out--they did no more==said I paid 600.00 for srings/? same issue..why: Struck front was fine?..friend replaced "stabilizer rods"ft was broken..why nobody saw this at car max?...worked great for 3 weeks....saw problem on youtube...upper and lower ball joints (part of control arms) ..now I have work/money,,,should have been fixed by car max $1200.. extendend fart
2004 Dodge Dakota 108,000 mi,
Binding noise when steering wheel was turned. Replaced intermediate steering shaft.
GET IT FIXED!! you will lose all steering and you will crash!!!! I had to have mine replaced. An auto technician noticed the slop in my steering, He showed me the old shaftt after it was replaced, the universal joint was shott.. pretty much two loops flopping around. lol I bought an aftermarket one that is built better. He also noticed bad wheel bearings
2006 Dodge Dakota 43,000 mi,
Noise when making any type of turns of steering wheel. My mechanics told me problem is in steering shaft that will need to be repaired. Have not yet taken in for repair.
1993 Dodge Dakota 90,000 mi,
Haven't been able to yet, need money but soon.
2002 Dodge Dakota 220,357 mi,
HAS NOT BEEN REPAIRED, HARD LEFT FRONT KNOCKING AND AUDIBLE RATTLE AS VEH STRIKES BUMPS OR ANY UNEVEN SURFACE OR BUMP.
2003 Dodge Dakota 100,000 mi,
hard to turn steering wheel - clunking sound - had to replace lower and middle steering column
2008 Dodge Dakota 78,000 mi,
Truck was very difficult to steer, especially on cold days. Intermediate steering shaft has to be replaced, solved the problem.
2006 Dodge Dakota 68,000 mi,
Continually have had problems with broken tie rod ends, sway bars, and ball joints. All have been fixed twice. Now can barely steer at all to get it back to mechanic. I'm thinking now something with the drive shaft and/or coupling bolts since they have been known to go on other 2006 Dakota's. The NHTSA says there has never been a reason to do a recall on this. I think they're wrong and would love to know the statics of accidents do to steering in these trucks. No solution as of yet.