Clunk or Popping Noise From Intermidiate Steering Shaft on Dodge Dakota

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 106,380 (28,000–220,357)
13 model years affected: 1993, 1997, 1998, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
49 people reported this problem
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makes nooise when i turn and also sometimes make the clunk sound when turning in bumps
Hard clank sound. Looking for answere
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
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.
I have the popping sound when turning and seems to be over bumps
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!
cracking from the front end and when I go over a small bump in the road
Excessive play in steering. The dealership tightened up steering and made a noise when turning.
Clunking in the steering column on a 2003 dodge durango
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
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
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
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.
Haven't been able to yet, need money but soon.
HAS NOT BEEN REPAIRED, HARD LEFT FRONT KNOCKING AND AUDIBLE RATTLE AS VEH STRIKES BUMPS OR ANY UNEVEN SURFACE OR BUMP.
hard to turn steering wheel - clunking sound - had to replace lower and middle steering column
Truck was very difficult to steer, especially on cold days. Intermediate steering shaft has to be replaced, solved the problem.